Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City's Scrambled Intersection Slowly Transforming Traffic; the I-10 and I-95 Intersection Has Forced Motorists to Weave and Race through Lanes, but Better Flow and More Lanes Are Coming This Year

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City's Scrambled Intersection Slowly Transforming Traffic; the I-10 and I-95 Intersection Has Forced Motorists to Weave and Race through Lanes, but Better Flow and More Lanes Are Coming This Year

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Byline: LARRY HANNAN

The intersection of interstates 10 and 95 has been a mess for as long as anyone can remember, mostly because of the clash of local traffic and those motorists just passing through Jacksonville.

A $152 million construction project scheduled to conclude early next year is supposed to make it a lot better, the Florida Department of Transportation says.

But motorists like UPS driver Carl Strickland remain wary and can't imagine what the area will look like when construction ends.

"All I really see right now is a mass of construction," he said. "I have to drive it every day and it's just crazy."

Be patient, Fred Dorman said.

As the department's project administrator, Dorman said once construction concludes, the interchange will be able to handle more cars so traffic will run more smoothly while eliminating most of the cross-lane maneuvers drivers must use now.

"One of the problems that's existed at this interchange for years is that local and through traffic have to take the same lanes, and that leads to traffic backups," he said. "We want to eliminate a situation where cars have to cross over three lanes of traffic to get to where they have to go."

Dorman said when construction is finished, there will be separate lanes for through and local traffic, and specific lanes for people getting on and off the interstate. That should allow the region's busiest intersection to move more than 100,000 cars a day on each road, with traffic backups only occurring with accidents or bad weather.

An example involves traffic getting on I-10 eastbound at Stockton Street. Before this project began, motorists wanting to get onto I-95 northbound had to get on I-10 eastbound at Stockton and then race across three lanes with only about a hundred yards available.

That will be eliminated with the new project because a new, separate flyover lane will take motorists from Stockton to I-95 northbound, or to the downtown area via Forest Street.

"If we can get the traffic separated that makes it a lot better," Dorman said.

The state also is building new lanes from I-10 eastbound to I-95 southbound for through traffic. The existing lanes that go from I-10 eastbound to I-95 southbound will only be available to local traffic, such as people getting on I-10 at Stockton Street and U.S. 17.

At the end of August, motorists on I-10 eastbound will have to decide before reaching Stockton Street if they are taking I-95 northbound or southbound. A barrier will be erected so that people can't switch after passing Stockton.

This is being done because people often change lanes at the last minute right at the intersection of the interstates, leading to accidents and traffic congestion, FDOT spokesman Mike Goldman said.

Temporary asphalt I-95 northbound lanes that are now being used will also be torn out and replaced with concrete lanes that are now being built. …

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