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Tuesday October 29, 2013Mathews Bridge in Jacksonville Reopened on Tuesday Morning

Gainesville, Fla.

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The Florida Department of Transportation reopened Mathews Bridge, located in downtown Jacksonville, on Tuesday morning following repairs from damage caused by a ship running into the bridge in September. The bridge had been closed since September 26.


The bridge is expected to be fully operational for the Florida-Georgia crowds this weekend as they travel to Jacksonville for Saturdayís game.


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages fans heading to the Florida-Georgia football game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville to check FDOTís 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road. The 511 system provides up-to-date traffic information on crashes, congestion, construction and more on all of Floridaís interstates, including I-10, I-95 and I-295, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways.†


There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates: ††††††††††††††

         Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.

         Visit, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.

         Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play and iTunes.

         Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.


Additional Information from Florida 511

In addition to traffic information on Florida roadways, travelers can be transferred to the 511 system in Georgia if they are traveling back to Georgia after the game. Florida 511 travel alerts are available in both English and Spanish by calling 511 or visiting


FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.


Traffic Updates on Twitter

For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages fans heading to Jacksonville to follow these FL511 Twitter feeds for traffic updates:

         FL511 Statewide

         FL511 Northeast

         FL511 I-10

         FL511 I-95

Safety Tips

         Call 511 before driving, at a rest area or have a passenger call to avoid talking while driving

         Customize your trip at before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone

         Always wear a safety belt

         Donít drink and drive


Florida 511 Features

         Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.

         Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.

         Public transit, airport and seaport information.

         AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (Americaís Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimerís disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
 provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and e-mail, text and phone call alerts.

         Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.

         The 511 phone call and website are available in English and Spanish.


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