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Hart Bridge: Federal funding secured for Hart Bridge ramp removal

The federal government is putting funding toward removal of the Hart Bridge ramps in Downtown Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has tweeted that the Hart Bridge ramp removal project is among those that are getting funding from the US Department of Transportation. The City was seeking just under $12.5 million from the federal government to cover one third of the needed funding. The City has already committed $12.5 million and the State has matched that amount as well, for a total project cost of just under $37.5 million.

The tweet does not make clear is the City’s full funding request was filled, but Action News Jax has reached out for confirmation. 

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The project has been a goal of this Administration, as part of their larger Downtown development plans. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has also said that removing the ramps is a key part of their ongoing redevelopment plans in that area- Khan is the master developer for the Shipyards site, and has a larger plan to bring new life to the Sports Complex overall. 

Removing the ramps is seen as important from a development perspective because the ramps currently divert traffic over Bay Street and past the Sports Complex, therefore bringing traffic and customers past that area as well. The ramps also obstruct the view and connectivity from the Complex through to the River. 

Senator Marco Rubio says the City has also received US DOT funding for the Bay Street Innovation Corridor and the Urban Core Riverside project.

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The Bay Street Innovation Corridor is expected to cost nearly $63 million, and JTA was seeking $25 million from the US DOT. It’s a three mile project integrating smart city technology, autonomous vehicles, and other elements to enhance mobility and support future development.

Action News Jax is working to learn more about all of these funding awards and the impact on the path forward for the projects. This is a developing story that will be updated through the day.

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