Jacksonville - Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is presenting the University of North Florida with a check today at 2 p.m. for FDOT's part in winning a national competition for best transportation project in America. The check presentation is at FDOT's Urban Office located at 2198 Edison Avenue, off Interstate 10 and Stockton Street.
See video clip is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK2Q-378vVE.
The project was the emergency repairs on the Mathews Bridge completed in late 2013 after a ship struck the main span. The $3.8 million in repairs were completed 12 days ahead of schedule and the bridge reopened to traffic 33 days after the impact.
Florida's Mathews Bridge was entered in the nationwide competition with nine other projects including the $6.3 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge replacement. The sponsors of the contest were the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
FDOT won the People's Choice Award for garnering the most votes in on-line voting with more than 300,000 cast for the Mathews Bridge. The cash prize is being presented to UNF to support scholarships or transportation-related research in its' College of Computing, Engineering and Construction headed by Dean Mark A. Tumeo. This is the second time that FDOT has presented UNF with its winnings from the national competition having won for the reconstruction of the I-10 and I-95 interchange in 2011.