Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

I-295/9A Beltway Signs near Airport Can Be Confusing; State's Transportation Department Will Replace the Signs Later This Year

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

I-295/9A Beltway Signs near Airport Can Be Confusing; State's Transportation Department Will Replace the Signs Later This Year

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

Dear Call Box: Parts of our beltway around Jacksonville are designated Florida 9A and parts are designated Interstate 295. It has always been my understanding that, eventually, the entire beltway would be designated I-295.

Signage that has recently been placed in a construction area on 9A near the airport is leaving out-of-towners confused. Coming off the ramp of I-95 onto 9A eastbound there are new overhead signs stating East Beltway I-295. However, there is an older sign at ground level at the same point stating that I-295 ends and 9A begins.

If the entirety of 9A is now designated I-295 then all of the signage about 9A should be removed. Further, all signage directing motorists to 9A should be changed to refer to I-295. Which is it? Florida 9A or I-295? - P.S., Jacksonville.

Dear P.S.: It obviously is in transition. The Florida Department of Transportation has a project to replace the signs along the beltway with bids due to be received in June. Following contract award time and the procurement needed to order materials, sign structures and related items, the construction and highway work should start in early spring 2011 and be completed later that summer or early fall. There are 14 exits on the west beltway and 16 exits on the east beltway. The exit numbers coincide with the mileage beginning at the junction of I-95 and I-295 south of the city and going clockwise around the route.

Dear Call Box: Can you provide the telephone number for the organization that will pick fruit at private homes for the various food pantries?

Sandi Newman at the Society of St. Andrew can be contacted at (904) 307-0914 or by e-mail at sandinewman01@gmail.com. She is always seeking volunteers and in addition to picking fruit from trees at private homes for the foods banks and pantries, Newman organizes groups to go to Hastings in late spring after the farmers do their harvests and pick broccoli, cabbage and potatoes for the food banks and pantries. …

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