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State Road 9B Construction May Begin

Road Will Be Corridor Between 9A, Bayard Area Of Philips Highway

POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

If you pass through Duval County on a regular basis, you're pretty used to seeing construction zones.

There are several major road improvement projects happening right now. And pretty soon, you could see a new one -- the construction of a State Road 9B.

When completed, SR 9B will be a corridor between 9A and the Bayard area of Philips Highway, just north of Race Track road.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper believes the addition will alleviate congestion on Interstate 95 at Interstate 10 by assisting commuters around the downtown area.

"It would certainly help reduce congestion through downtown Jacksonville, particularly those who are going to other parts of the state," Leeper said.

Drivers headed south of Jacksonville will be able to bypass the Interstate altogether.

A representative from Florida DOT said the project is being funded by 2009 stimulus money. The idea of a SR 9B has been tossed around for a while, but the leftover stimulus money finally gave the Florida DOT a green light.

Construction projects originally slated for the 2009 stimulus package came in under budget, and the 9A project will be a part of a second round of construction.

The project is still in planning stages now. The second leg of the 9B project could be an extension from Philips Highway to I-95.

Florida DOT is still calculating the costs and logistics of the project, and they said you won't see anything happen for at least another year.
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