JTA to shut St. Johns River Ferry on Jan. 6 for eight weeks | Jax Each day File | Jacksonville Each day File


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority quickly will shut the St. Johns River Ferry beginning Jan. 6 for about eight weeks to finish deliberate upgrades.

In line with a Dec. 29 information launch, the $6.6 million of labor is the fourth section is an enchancment venture funded by a U.S. Division of Transportation Federal Transit Administration grant. 

JTA says the work contains pavement rehabilitation and markings; Individuals with Disabilities Act and catwalk entry enhancements; bulkhead and mooring bollard replacements; constructing upgrades; public restroom development on the Mayport touchdown; and landscaping and lighting enhancements at each ferry landings.

Whereas the upgrades are made, JTA will haul out the 25-year-old automotive and passenger vessel Jean Ribault for upkeep, which is required each two to a few years by the U.S. Coast Guard. JTA officers say the work will keep away from one other closure later in 2021.

The associated fee is $2.6 million, in line with the JTA launch.

The Jean Ribault connects the north and south ends of Florida A1A, linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island by way of a zero.9-mile voyage throughout the St. Johns River.

In July, JTA was awarded $5.2 million by the FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program to proceed ferry enhancements and upgrades. That’s along with a $three.9 million Passenger Ferry Grant the authority obtained in August 2019.

In line with JTA, Part III work was accomplished in January 2019 with upgrades to the vessel, in addition to operational and different security enhancements like rehabilitated bulkheads, new terminal bridges and stopping mechanisms.

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