Jacksonville’s Mayor wants a big change in your Downtown commute.
In front of Duval-area state lawmakers Wednesday, Mayor Lenny Curry said he plans to ask for state funding to tear down the Hart Bridge ramp elevated over Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville. A City Spokeswoman confirms to WOKV the ask will be $50 million.
Curry says the ramp is not just a problem because of its age, but because of its design as well.
“No shoulders or breakdown lane- public safety issue,” Curry says.
He added that the original design of the ramp was to take traffic around the industrial Shipyards site, but they have different plans now.
“The waterfront is now a public park space and planned for central business district uses,” he says.
Instead, Curry is proposing traffic connect directly to Bay Street closer to EverBank Field.
Lawmakers offered no comment on the proposal at this time. The Florida Department of Transportation tells WOKV that the City has mentioned this idea to them, but FDOT’s only involvement at this point is evaluating the idea.