JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In preparation for Hurricane Irma, the outside westbound lane of the Hart Bridge will remain closed, temporarily, from 7 p.m. Thursday September 7, until the early hours of Friday morning. All lanes of traffic are expected to be opened by 6 a.m. Friday morning.
The outside westbound lane closure will be reinstated beginning 9 a.m. Friday September 8, until crews complete the removal of construction material. The Friday lane closure is anticipated to extend until mid-Friday afternoon.
The removal of the material is precautionary to maintain the safety of both motorists and the bridge in the event of high winds. Similar precautions have been taken at various construction projects across the region.
The westbound right lane of the Atlantic Boulevard Intracoastal Waterway Bridge will be closed through 3:30 p.m. Thursday to remove construction materials for Hurricane Irma prep.
During the storm if sustained winds exceed 40 miles per hour, police will decide if they will shut down the bridges.
Wind speeds are monitored by sensors on the bridges and conditions may get too dangerous for drivers. That means some people living east of the Intracoastal Waterway bridges may be stranded for some time.
Similar precautions have been taken at various construction projects across the region.
The Main Street Bridge closed temporarily Wednesday at 10 a.m. until a temporary platform being used by construction crews was completely removed.
Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic were detoured to the Acosta Bridge. Signs directed traffic through the detour.
The temporary platform has been used by construction crews since the start of the project to maintain rehabilitation work and limit the number of full-closures to the bridge.
Similar precautions were taken during in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.
Tools to help travel
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is urging motorists to use the department’s real-time traffic information tools to ease their evacuation. Traffic can be heavy at times during a hurricane evacuation and we appreciate the public’s patience. The following real- time traffic information tools are available:
- Florida 511 – FDOT’s official source for traffic information is Florida 511, or www.fl511.com. This website provides real-time traffic information on crashes, incidents, construction, congestion, road closures and detours, and other urgent alerts.
- Traffic Count Information – Real-time evacuation data for Hurricane Irma on state roads. A summary of selected traffic counter data for state roads is available for review at www.fdot.gov/traffic.pdf. This data is updated hourly.
- Waze – FDOT and Waze have a data sharing partnership to enhance each partner’s ability to provide needed traffic information to the traveling public. Waze (www.waze.com) is a free navigation app that uses information from millions of drivers to navigate traffic in real-time.
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