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Drilling back on track on JEA pipeline project
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Jacksonville, Fla. -- Around-the-clock work is underway on horizontal drilling to move more than a mile of 36-inch diameter pipe beneath the St. Johns River.

The project near the Mathews Bridge had a mechanical setback when a pull rod snapped slowing down work on the project. 

Drilling is back in full swing with the next step pulling the pipe into a tunnel dug 50 feet below the river bed.

"It's a very long and large directional drill," said JEA director Peter Sheridan.

The pipeline when competed will move drinking water from wells west of the river to meet a demand for more water east of the St. Johns.

The plan right now is to begin pulling the pipe starting on Saturday with the expectation to complete that work by the end of the weekend.

Exits along the Arlington Expressway have been closed since last Friday with the original plan having them reopened before the Jaguars' first preseason game.

The revised completion schedule does put a wrinkle in traffic flow for Friday's Jaguar game.  Fans are being encouraged to avoid the Mathews Bridge that will only have one eastbound lane open and take the Hart Bridge to the game.

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