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FDOT says real test of detours will be Monday

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Updated: 9/27/2013 11:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Monday's commutes to and from work will be the real test following the closure of the Mathews Bridge.

Commuters tell Action News they're already feeling the impact.

"This bridge is killing everything, I swear," said driver Justin Ache. "What usually takes me 15 minutes is taking me an hour," said driver Shelley Webster.
 
According to FDOT spokesperson, Mike Goldman, while commutes will be longer and traffic jams will be inevitable they've come up with a plan to make it a little bit easier.

"We've been in communication with the JSO, FHP has been involved. We're looking at the corridors, the timing of the lights just to make sure that the proper traffic controls are there," said Goldman.
 
According to the Duval County School Board at least 78 school buses take the Mathews Bridge on a regular basis. Friday afternoon buses were running behind schedule, some were up to 30 minutes late.

"I think Monday will be a test and again I think people are listening to the fact that they do need extra time and they are being patient," said Goldman.
 
Patience is definitely something you'll need a lot of, at least for now.
 
"If we don't have a positive outlook we tend to get mad at each other and we can't do that," said driver Ed Richardson.

At least one electronic billboard is already up on Beach Boulevard alerting drivers to the closure. FDOT workers will be developing a plan to fix the Mathews Bridge through the weekend.
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