– 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
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.