The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reopened the Mathews Bridge to four lanes of traffic on the morning of Tuesday, October 29.
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “I am excited to announce that the Mathews Bridge will be completely opened to traffic well in advance of the Florida-Georgia game. I appreciate the hard work of Superior Construction and FDOT personnel in working around the clock to return the bridge back to normal.”
Crews from Superior Construction Co. of Jacksonville expedited repairs to the Mathews Bridge. A $50,000 per day early completion incentive provision to finish the work in 30 days was part of the contract.
The bridge was monitored by 136 sensors connected by 10 miles of cable predicting load carrying capacity during the repairs. The alignment and shape of the bridge have been restored to their general original location through the use of hydraulic jacks and heat straightening of the damaged steel elements.
The Mathews Bridge was closed to traffic on September 26 due to significant damage from a ship under tow hitting the structure. The bridge carries an average of 56,000 vehicles per day in both directions.