Jacksonville has been home to the University of Florida-University of Georgia football rivalry since 1933, and last year, more than 132,000 fans traveled to the game from out of town. With Northeast Florida’s roadways at their busiest this weekend for the big game and Halloween, safety information is especially important for visitors and residents alike.If you are headed to the game on Saturday, it is highly recommended that you arrive at EverBank Field at least 3-5 hours early, or use a number of other transportation options. Message boards will be placed throughout the entertainment footprint, displaying parking information during the event weekend. For more information about traffic and parking near EverBank Field, visit jaxhappenings.com.
Most FDOT construction projects in Duval County will be suspended to accommodate increased traffic over the weekend. There will be no construction in the roadways as motorists make their way to the sports complex.
One closure and detour will remain in effect throughout the weekend, near the western end of the Mathews Bridge Expressway where FDOT is reconstructing the bridge over Hogan’s Creek at North Washington Street and East Union Street.
- For motorists traveling north on Washington Street, follow the detour to Beaver, Market, Church, Catherine and Duval streets, A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Union Street.
- For motorists traveling south on Washington Street, follow the detour to Union, Newnan, and Church streets.
- The northbound pedestrian detour is west on Union, north on Liberty and east on State streets.
- The southbound pedestrian detour is west on State, south on Liberty and east on Union streets.
If you are boating this weekend, please exercise caution around several ongoing FDOT bridge projects. In the Buckman Bridge area, workers will continue bridge rehabilitation work from the water. In north Duval County, workers will be conducting cathodic protection on the U.S. 1 bridge over the Trout River, and crews will have operations in the water and on the new bridge structure at the Sisters Creek bridge replacement project. This work will not impact the roadways.Throughout Florida-Georgia and Halloween weekend, FDOT will provide the latest traffic information on its 511 Traveler Information System. Call 511 toll free, visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps, travel times, and traffic camera views, download the free Florida 511 app from the App Store or Google Play, or follow 511 Northeast Florida on Twitter at @FL511_northeast. FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.