- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - An important bridge that connects Duval and Clay counties is getting an $8.3 million upgrade of its structure and supports.

Officials say that drivers on the Buckman Bridge, a 3.2-mile span that is part of Interstate 295, will not likely be affected because most of the work is being done beneath the bridge.

The span was finished in the 1970s and widened in the 1990s. It carries about 125,000 vehicles every day.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/1BRdJKU ) reports that the Florida Department of Transportation will install a system to protect steel inside the bridge’s concrete from erosion.

While auto traffic will not be affected, boaters will be restricted by barges and other work vessels in the river.

The state estimates the work will be finished by late fall of 2016.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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