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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jan. 16, 202005:20 AM EST

Three firms bid to tear down Hart Bridge ramp near TIAA Bank Field

The bids range from $28.8 million to $32.1 million for project.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

Three firms bid from $25.8 million to $32.1 million to demolish part of the elevated Hart Bridge Expressway and construct new ramp connections:

• Jacksonville-based J.B. Coxwell Contracting Inc., $25,846,500.54

• Roanoke, Texas-based Johnson Bros. Corp. A Southland Co.,$31,313,699.79

• Jacksonville-based Superior Construction Co. Southeast LLC,$32,125,687

The city opened the bids Jan. 15.

The Jacksonville Department of Public Works project is called “Urban Core Riverfront Revitalization & Complete Streets: Hart Bridge Expressway & Talleyrand Connector.”

It calls for removing part of the Hart Bridge ramp at Liberty Street between Gator Bowl and A. Philip Randolph boulevards, bringing a portion of the expressway to street level and aligning the new roadway.

Construction of a signalized intersection at Gator Bowl Boulevard is part of the project.

The city Procurement Division will analyze the bids for 30 days.

According to the city, the Procurement Division reviews and prepares award recommendations for the approval of the General Government Awards Committee and the mayor.

City Council appropriated $12.46 million of Florida Department of Transportation grant funds toward the $38.9 million project.

The remaining money comes from a $12.5 million federal transportation grant, $12.5 million from city borrowed funds and $1.5 million transferred from other city projects.

The project is anticipated to begin early this year and be completed by the end of 2021.

A Roadway Transfer Agreement shifts the ownership and maintenance of that portion of the Florida 228/Hart Bridge Expressway right-of-way from FDOT to the city.

The city said in a legislative summary the project's purpose is to promote development of the Shipyards properties and Lot J mixed-use development and the city’s Metropolitan Park.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan proposes to redevelop the property.

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