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Old 11-18-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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If you had a choice to reconstruct any of the bridges in Jacksonville, which one would it be and why?
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:47 PM
 
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If you had a choice to reconstruct any of the bridges in Jacksonville, which one would it be and why?
Mt Mathews Brigde...Talk about not planing for the future? Hands down the worst of the 7even! 4 lanes when It should be 6! Id add something to other bridges, but that maroon steal beam of a brigde is like a Final Destination movie.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Matthews - no contest. The Hart would be a very distant second. Buckman, Acosta, Dames Point, and Fuller Warren are all relatively new and modern. Main Street bridge is the oldest, but historic and has low traffic volumes anyway, so it's fine.

For what it's worth, the Matthews is the bridge that FDOT wants to fix next. It's just a matter of funding.

My argument is that the Matthews should be rebuilt at the (much lower) height of the Acosta and Fuller Warren bridges. This would save millions upon millions of dollars - and the extra height is completely unnecessary because there aren't shipyards downriver anymore. In fact, there are only TWO industrial properties left between the Matthews and Acosta, and the long range comprehensive plan already envisions that they will be converted to residential use in the future. So really, there's no pragmatic reason to build a more expensive, taller span.

Unfortunately, I fear that they will rebuild the Matthews to the same unnecessary height - probably to satisfy the civic pride of being able to dock very large ships in the heart of downtown for special events once or twice a decade.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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Agree with Joe. I do have a problem with the design of the basic box and girder/plate bridges being built right now (like all the new ICW bridges, the Acosta, the Fuller Warren, the Roosevelt, etc). Our bridges are every bit as unique to Jacksonville as our skyline and replacing interesting looking bridges with boring concrete spans is disgusting in my opinion. If you are going to spend a few hundred million on a new bridge anyway, why not spend an addition five to ten million on a better design, especially considering it would be peanuts to the overall cost and the bridge is something used and seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents every day.

Right now the two best looking bridges by far are the Hart and the Main Street. The Hart will most likely never be replaced until it structurally cannot remain as is anymore (which won't be in our lifetime if we keep up maintenance). We just spent $17 million to give it a new paint job and we recently added a light scheme for the SuperBowl. The Main is a local landmark. The Matthews is one of the largest continuous truss bridges in the country, but there are lots of bridges that look similar. While I wouldn't cry to see it go, I would be very disappointed if it was replaced by a boring concrete box and girder span. There should be some element of steel involved painted in the current deep burgundy color to hark back to what once was there.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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I dont care what anyone says The Mathews Bridge is the Bridge from hell.
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