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JTA to Celebrate Dames Point Bridge 20th Anniversary

JACKSONVILLE, FL — The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is holding a special celebration in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Dames Point Bridge, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Dames Point Park (9101 Dames Point Road).

Also known as the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge (after the 19th governor of Florida), the $117 million structure spans two miles and connects Jacksonville’s Northside with the Arlington area. At the time of its completion, the Dames Point Bridge was the longest concrete cable-stayed structure in the western hemisphere. An average of 70,000 vehicles travel across the span daily, once nicknamed the "bridge to nowhere." The bridge consists of the three main sections, two 650-foot-long flanking spans and a 1,300-foot center span that hovers 175 feet above the St. Johns River. Each edge of the superstructure is supported by 144 steel cable stays solidified by two 471-foot towers.

Invited guests include local, state and federal elected officials. The program will feature comments from past and present JTA Board Chairmen, JTA Executive Director/CEO, representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Jacksonville.

During the ceremony, the winning entry of the Dames Point Bridge photo contest will also be unveiled.