Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Work to Slow I-95 in St. Johns State Plans to Widen Stretch

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Work to Slow I-95 in St. Johns State Plans to Widen Stretch

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Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer

The state Department of Transportation will begin widening Interstate 95 tomorrow in St. Johns County, adding construction to a stretch of highway that used to be the deadliest in Northeast Florida.

In addition, another project will require drivers to be alert for traffic slowdowns on I-95 in St. Johns County. The state will use slow-moving trucks to take pavement core samples, requiring drivers to change lanes to pass the trucks. They will be on I-95 southbound from 6 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, and on I-95 northbound from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In 1999, crashes on I-95 in St. Johns County killed 21 people. That number dropped to six deaths in 2000 after the Florida Highway Patrol and the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office stepped up patrols. Figures for 2001 were not available, but Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said fatalities have remained low compared to 1999.

When construction begins, motorists will need to give themselves "a little more time and be a little more patient," particularly since I-95 is used by many tourists who won't be expecting construction, sheriff's Sgt. …

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