City: Hart Bridge ramp construction won't affect Jags, Florida-Georgia games

Hart Bridge ramps to come down in 6 months

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — We are now six months out from the start of the Hart Bridge Ramps tear-down.

Action News Jax told you this weekend the popular Welcome to Rockville festival is moving to Daytona in 2020—to avoid the construction.

Action News Jax Courtney Cole reached out to the city to learn what other events the construction could impact.

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What goes up, must come down.

And in about 6 months, the City of Jacksonville will begin tearing down the Hart Bridge Ramps.

This clears the way for two major developments Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Shad Khan has been wanting to get started: The Shipyards and the Entertainment Complex at Lot J.

Nia Alailima told Cole she doesn't live Downtown, but worries about what the tear down could do to the traffic.

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Her 9-month-old daughter, Zara, is the reason she commutes in the regularly.

"I have to drive through that area of town to get to her play groups,” Alailima said.

Other people tend to drive to this part of town to have fun.

"It definitely seems like Daily’s Place is the main attraction for that area right now. That definitely seems like an issue,” said Alailima.

Just last week, Action News Jax told you Welcome to Rockville will move to Daytona in 2020.

"That was kind of interesting to hear, especially since they're trying so hard to get people to go to that specific area,” Alailima told Action News Jax Courtney Cole.

Nikki Kimbleton, the Spokeswoman for the City of Jacksonville acknowledged the "need to move" the festival and says they look forward to working with promoters to bring it back in 2021.

But what about the Florida-Georgia game and RV City?

She told Cole you don't have to worry about that either.

Kimbleton says neither should be impacted since construction won’t start until after this current NFL season ends.

Right now, the city is in the process of planning to make the commute as convenient as possible for everyone that will drive through the area during construction.

The city is expecting the project to be finished one year from the project's start date.