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JSO improving traffic patterns around Mathews detours

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Updated: 10/17/2013 6:21 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's been nearly two weeks of detour driving for people who rely on the Mathews Bridge.

So far, Action News has been hearing mixed feedback from drivers stuck in the aftermath of alternate routes.

During our newscast Tuesday, we clocked how long it takes to travel from the Hart Expressway to the Arlington Expressway. Action News reporter Ryan Smith found out it's about a 12-minute drive with about a third of that time spent stopped waiting for the red light to change.

JSO continues to tweak its strategy to safely reroute rush hour traffic.

The mastermind behind your daily detour commute is Assistant Chief Leonard Propper.

He tells Action News JSO has made adjustments since the bridge closure.

JSO is now shifting resources from Beach Boulevard this area to more heavily congested parts of town.

"Some on-duty resources that are normally working anyway, for about 90 minutes, we pull them off the street," said Propper. "Our DUI guys from Southside Boulevard and Beach Boulevard all the way back to University – we make those lights go greener a little longer."

JSO traffic patrol is posted up at many of the heavily-congested areas to manually operate the lights.

"Everything we make green, we make something else red," said Propper. "We want to try to make that as efficient as possible and then our goal is to make your commute home consistent with this bridge being down."

JSO reports the overall rush hour commute time has gone from more than 3 hours after the bridge closed to just about two hours now, so drivers are saving a lot of time.

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