Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Ban on the Span Fuller Warren Restrictions Go into Effect Today

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Ban on the Span Fuller Warren Restrictions Go into Effect Today

Article excerpt

A ban on most heavy trucks and commercial vehicles with more

than two axles starts today on Jacksonville's Fuller Warren

Bridge, which state officials said needs millions of dollars

in repairs due to vibrations from heavy truck traffic.

Though officials say the 43-year-old bridge remains safe for

motorists, it has sustained cracks and other structural damage

since 1991 and is being replaced by a $116 million bridge

expected to open in 2001.

The ban affects local truck traffic. There already has been a

ban since June on such trucks passing through Jacksonville from

outside Duval County. Buses, emergency vehicles and construction

equipment used for building the new bridge will be allowed on the existing bridge.

The ban applies to about 3,200 trucks and other vehicles that

use the Fuller Warren daily.

-Jim Schoettler

Will Dickey/staff

Photo: (c) Highway workers Virgil Manning (standing) and Ben

Lang (on sign) take the wraps off a warning sign west of the

Riverside Avenue exit on Interstate 95 yesterday. …

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