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FDOT planning for bridge repairs

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Updated: 9/30/2013 10:16 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the U.S. Coast Guard continues its investigation into the Mathews Bridge crash, the Florida Department of Transportation is seeking an emergency contract to start repairs.

Action News spotted several surveyors taking measurements underneath the closed bridge on Monday.

Action News spoke with Greg Evans with FDOT. He said crews worked throughout the weekend to finalize damage assessments of the bridge.

Temporary repairs are first priority to allow service vehicles on top of the Mathews Bridge.

Evans said 66,000 daily drivers now using detours, so the state is seeking an emergency contract from a private company for the job.

FDOT expects to receive bids from at least five contractors.

"That's going to be part of our bid process, time. It's a cost issue, and a time issue. We're going to blend that together and get the best person for the job, and move forward," said Evans.

Action News has learned contractors in the running are pre-qualified for bridge work and have worked on FDOT projects in the past.

FDOT will receive open bids after 2 p.m. Tuesday and construction is slated to begin Wednesday.

After a contractor is chosen, the public will know how much it will cost and how long before vehicles are on the bridge crossing the St. Johns.

FDOT estimated Friday that the project will cost around $3 million.
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