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Now that the Mathews Bridge is open, who pays?

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Updated: 11/07/2013 5:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that the Mathews Bridge has reopened, state and local officials are working on a final tab for the cost.

The Florida Department of Transportation estimates the bill for repairs could reach $3 million: $1.07 million for Superior Construction for the actual work, another $800,000 for inspections, $700,000 in incentives and $500,000 to enforce and implement detours during the project.

That doesn't include indirect costs for the City of Jacksonville, school bus companies, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and other agencies.

"I didn't think that's something the taxpayers should bear," said John Crescimbeni, council member at large for Group 2. "I thought that should be something borne by whoever was responsible for the accident."

Crescimbeni said the city could file a claim with Moran Towing's insurance carrier or if need be, go to court. In either event, the process may take awhile. For instance, the City of Chesapeake went to court just last month, five years after a similar incident with a bridge there.

Before any money can be recouped, the Coast Guard must establish fault. The Coast Guard told Action News its investigation is ongoing and there's no timetable for its conclusion.
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Truthseeker - 10/30/2013 4:37 AM
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When this all started, it was reported that the company that was moving the ship or barge would be paying for this since they caused it.
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