There are currently three significant infrastructure projects in the works that impact connectivity on the Southbank: FDOT’s Overland Bridge, JTA’s Bus Rapid Transit and the City’s reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk.
Overland Bridge Replacement Repair
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is in the process of reconstructing the I-95 Overland Bridge between the Fuller Warren Bridge and Atlantic Boulevard. Key aspects of this project include new access to I-95 from Atlantic Boulevard, improved traffic circulation and capacity, and improved access to the Main Street and Acosta Bridges. This project began construction on January 14, 2013, and is projected to be completed in 2016. Learn more about project phases and traffic impacts here.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is adding Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to its mass transit services. Enhanced Downtown service is part of this new system. A segment proposed for the Southbank along Riverplace Boulevard is currently under design and has been the subject of much discussion. A community meeting to discuss this component of the BRT system is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel Conference Center.
The Southbank Riverwalk reconstruction is currently under design by the City of Jacksonville with construction anticipated to begin in Summer 2013. Reconstruction of the Riverwalk will begin at Friendship Fountain and be rebuilt in sections to ensure that access to a portion of the Riverwalk remains available throughout the construction process. This construction process is expected to take approximately 12 months.
Stay tuned for future updates on these projects!