Construction at standstill after Jacksonville worker dies in St. Johns River

Fuller Warren construction delayed for death investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Construction of the Fuller Warren Bridge is on standby as Archer Western conducts an investigation into the death of 51-year old worker Stanley Cooper. He died after falling into the St. Johns River on Thursday.

We told you Thursday when Archer Western announced they’d be suspending construction to investigate the incident.

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“Normal traffic as usual,” said Andrew Hout, who works nearby.

Hout said he noticed the lack of construction crews at the site immediately.

“I have immense respect for the folks, those folks that actually do that work,” he said.

Action News Jax Ryan Nelson called FDOT asking how long the suspension will last, and if it would cause delays with the project.

He was informed by FDOT’s Public Information Office that traffic would remain unaffected, but was referred to Archer Western's lawyers for the answers to his questions.

After calling and leaving voice messages this afternoon, we’re still awaiting a response.

Action News Jax obtained the incident report from officials on Friday.

One witness told police he tried throwing floatation devices and a life vest to Cooper after seeing him in the water, but Cooper wasn’t able to grab them in time. None of the witnesses named in the report said they saw Cooper fall into the water.

“It kind of scares me,” Hout said.

He hopes that Cooper’s family will find the closure it seeks.

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