Published on February 19, 2013

Gov. Scott announces $78M to improve I-95, JTB traffic congestion

Michael Clinton
Web Producer- Jacksonville Business Journal

Gov. Rick Scott was joined in Jacksonville Tuesday by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad to announce $78 million in funding to improve the safety and mobility on Interstate 95 and J. Turner Butler Boulevard.

The project will have three primary improvements, beginning in 2015 and finishing in late 2017 or early 2018.

First, the FDOT will construct a flyover for southbound I-95 heading east onto JTB. This will allow for free flowing, direct connection to JTB.

Second, an overpass will be built for JTB’s westbound traffic to pass over westbound traffic from Belfort Road. This will eliminate the merging conflicts and reduce congestion at Belford Road.

Third, the FDOT will reconstruct the I-95 northbound off-ramp. The new ramp will provide direct access to westbound JTB from I-95 northbound.

"This $78 million investment means families will be safer, businesses will be able to save money and move goods faster, and Florida families won’t spend nearly as much time in traffic. The great news is this funding came about as result of efficiencies by the Department of Transportation," Scott said. "This project could essentially save lives as it improves access for those trying to reach St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside and the Mayo Clinic.

"For the 24,000 drivers who have an excessive wait time to get off I-95 every afternoon this will improve their commute so they can spend more quality time at home with their families, and less time on the road."

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