Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:26:28 PM ESTUpdated On: Oct 24 2013 03:27:46 PM EDT
Superior Construction Co. of Jacksonville won the low bid of $1.07 million for emergency contract to repairs the bridge.
Work began Oct. 2. The contract specifies 40 days to complete the work, but a $50,000 per day early-completion incentive was included to try and get the span repaired within 30 days -- to reopen before the Nov. 2 Georgia-Florida game.
The damage occurred when the U.S. Navy cargo ship -- 1st Lt. Harvey L. Martin -- was being towed under the bridge and crashed into the span.
Traffic was suspended on the bridge as a precaution to prevent further potential damage to the structure from weight imbalances and vibrations. The bridge carries an average of 56,500 vehicles per day in both directions.
"The FDOT is well aware of the inconveniences this accident has caused the citizens of Jacksonville. It is imperative that the repairs occur as quickly as possible while being done in a way to assure the structural integrity of the bridge," said FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad.
A support beam at the top of the span that was bent and left with gaping hole by the collision is being replaced.
A stub beam is installed on the west end of the bridge.
The final positioning of the bridge is complete and final measurement of long chord section made.
Installation of remaining chord section will continue on the next few days.