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Fuller Warren expansion may affect RAM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some are concerned that the proposed lane expansion of the Fuller Warren Bridge could affect the Riverside Arts Market in the future.

The expansion is slated to begin in 2016 and will be paid for with $136 million in funding FDOT secured for the project.

Additional lanes coming to the Fuller Warren

The project is expected to take three years to complete and will include changes to the flyover to I-10 West to Roosevelt Boulevard. The project will tie into to the ongoing Overland construction which is in the process of adding eight lanes.

The nonprofit Riverside Avondale Preservation wrote an article on its site entitled "FDOT Aggressively Pushing Through Bridge Expansion," encouraging residents to contact local Florida Department of Transportation representatives.

James Bennett, spokesperson/Urban Transportation Development Manager for FDOT, said it is true that RAM could be impacted, yet it is too early to tell how it will be impacted. FDOT is hopeful that all concerns including what could happen to the RAM will be worked out in the future.

Three public meetings on the expansion are scheduled for 2014, the first of which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10, 2014.

Tuesday is the last day to provide public comment on FDOT's Five-Year Tentative Work Schedule Plan. Bennett said public opinion on the project is very important to FDOT.

Those wishing to submit public comment can call 800-749-2967 or email Mike Goldman at FDOT-D2PIO@dot.state.fl.us.


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