JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Transportation said they're hopeful cars could be back on the Mathews Bridge in as little as two weeks.
Superior Construction has been hired to fix the bridge. It's been out of commission since a naval vessel hit it Thursday afternoon. The spot where the vessel hit is one of the main tension cables. That's why a part of the bridge can't even handle the weight of constriction equipment right now.
FDOT said Superior Construction, based in Indiana, can fix the bridge for about $1 million. That's well under the $3 million first projected. Superior hopes to get the project done in 40 days. FDOT said if they finish the work in as soon as 30 days, they'll get bonuses up to $500,000.
Ananth Prasad, the Secretary for FDOT said it could take two weeks to stabilize the bridge. He said if that happens, two lanes of traffic could be re-opened for one way traffic.
"It's contingent on the bridge being safe," Prasad said.
FDOT said two lanes would be open from 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for westbound traffic, and 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for eastbound traffic. The bridge would still be entirely shut down from 7:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. No firm date has been scheduled since FDOT wants to make sure the bridge can handle heavy loads again.