Southland awarded $596 Million SR 23 bridge construction project

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2026

Florida Construction News staff writer

Southland has been awarded a $596 million contract to construct a new bridge over the St. Johns River near Jacksonville for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The project will be completed by Southland’s Transportation segment.

The scope of work includes constructing a new four-lane, 1.8-mile bridge over the St. Johns River connecting Clay and St. Johns counties. The new bridge’s vertical clearance will be twenty feet higher than the existing bridge to improve marine commerce in the region.

Also included in the scope is the removal of the existing bridge after the new span opens.

Construction is expected to start in 2023.

A technical proposal was submitted as part of the bid, with FDOT assessing technical expertise when selecting the most qualified team to complete the project. Southland received the highest technical score of all proposers.

“We are proud of our longstanding relationship with FDOT and our ability to provide recurring customers with critical infrastructure solutions. We are extremely excited to get started on this historic project for Southland in one of our core regions and end markets,” said Frank Renda, Southland’s CEO.

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