FDOT begins I-10/Fuller Warren Bridge expansion project

It will be business as usual for the Riverside Arts Market during Phase I of the Florida Department of Transportation’s I-10/Fuller Warren Bridge expansion project, scheduled to begin around April 1.

The $125 million project is in the design-build phase, according to Odette Struys, FDOT public information officer. She said it will begin this spring, with construction of a new lot under the bridge on the west side of Riverside Avenue, north of VyStar Credit Union.

In that first phase, construction will begin under the Fuller Warren Bridge in the area known for accumulation of water after heavy storms. After the ponds are filled, a parking area will be built adjacent to what will be the entrance to the future multi-use pedestrian-bicycle path over the bridge.

The City of Jacksonville will soon be reaching out to the community regarding the plans for the new public area created once the ponds are filled, according to a notice from Riverside Avondale Preservation.

The construction in Phase I is scheduled to be completed by November 1, 2017, but the contractor anticipates being ahead of schedule on that phase of the project, stated the RAP notice.

In Phase II, construction work will move to the east side of Riverside Avenue, and a new vendor entrance to the Riverside Arts Market will be created.

Struys confirmed RAM would not have to move to the new lot across Riverside Avenue during the construction as originally thought. Instead, contractors will access the riverfront through a temporary easement granted by the American Red Cross.

The new vendor entrance will be located on Riverside Avenue immediately before the pedestrian access. Once the entrance is complete, a construction fence will be erected from Riverside Avenue to the river along the north side of the Red Cross property line.

The entire timeline for the I-10/Fuller Warren Bridge expansion project is at least four years; expected completion is April 2021.

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