Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TRANSPORTATION Timely Action

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TRANSPORTATION Timely Action

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St. Johns County commissioners, commendably, are addressing traffic congestion on County Road 210. May they act quickly.

County Road 210 stretches west from Florida A1A in the Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley area to U.S. Highway 1 and Interstate 95 before reaching Greenbriar Road in the county's western side.

For many years, its two lanes were adequate. But with the emergence of north St. Johns County as a bedroom community for people working in Jacksonville, and the subsequent congestion on Butler Boulevard, motorists began looking for alternate routes. Many found County Road 210 -- so many, in fact, that it, like Butler Boulevard, became intolerably crowded.

County Road 210 already is the fastest-growing roadway in Northeast Florida. Traffic increased on one stretch -- from I-95 to U.S. 1 -- by 63.5 percent from 1997 to 1998. Traffic was up more than 40 percent on two other stretches.

Not only will development continue in the Beaches area, plans have been made to build a community on 4,300 acres of land near 210 and Greenbrier Road. …

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