Main Street Bridge (Jacksonville)

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Main Street Bridge
John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, Jacksonville FL, Southwest view 20160706 1.jpg
Viewed from the south bank
Coordinates 30°19′22″N 81°39′31″W / 30.3228°N 81.6586°W / 30.3228; -81.6586Coordinates: 30°19′22″N 81°39′31″W / 30.3228°N 81.6586°W / 30.3228; -81.6586
Carries four general purpose lanes of US 1 / US 90 and two sidewalks
Crosses St. Johns River
Locale Jacksonville, Florida
Official name John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation
ID number 720022
Characteristics
Design steel vertical lift bridge
Total length 1,680 feet (510 m)
Width 58 feet (18 m)
Longest span 365 feet (111 m)
Clearance above 16.0 feet (4.9 m)
Clearance below 35 feet (11 m) closed
135 feet (41 m) open
History
Opened July 1941; 77 years ago (1941-07)

The Main Street Bridge, officially the John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, is a bridge crossing the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the second bridge built across the river. It carries four lanes of traffic, and is signed as US 1/US 90 (SR 5/SR 10). A lift bridge, it opened in July 1941[1] at a cost of $1.5 million.[2] In 1957 it was named after Mayor John T. Alsop Jr., but continues to be known, even on road signs, as the Main Street Bridge. It remains one of the most recognizable features of the Downtown Jacksonville skyline.

History[edit]

Construction of the Main Street Bridge began in 1938 at a cost of $1.5 million by the Mount Vernon Bridge Company. It was a War Department permitted in 1936 prior to World War II. The Main Street Bridge took three years to be built and had a dedication ceremony on July 17, 1941. The bridge was built as a vertical lift bridge with use of trusses in order to lift up to accommodate ships passing underneath it. The official name of the bridge, John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, was dedicated in 1957 to former mayor of Jacksonville John T. Alsop. The bridge carries traffic to and from San Marco, Southbank, Downtown Jacksonville and Interstate 95. In 2014 the Main Street Bridge underwent renovations for $11 million to upgrade metal barriers and patch sidewalks.[3][4]

Main Street Bridge in 1962.

Gallery[edit]

The bridge opens at half past the hour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Main Street Bridge". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Main Street Bridge - Jacksonville, FL". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Seven Bridges: Main Street Bridge". coastaljax.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "The JHS Archives reveals lots of changes in city budget through the decades". jaxhistory.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 

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