Jacksonville is a city that loves its highways. Now residents have another expressway to enjoy: State Road 9B.
On Thursday morning, the city's latest expressway link opened, creating a short cut from US 1 (Philips Highway) to I-295 East Beltway. The three-mile, four-lane roadway is designed to be expanded up to six lanes with minor changes and minimal inconvenience to drivers. All bridges are built to accommodate future expansion without the need to be completely reconstructed.
Serving as Phase One of State Road 9B, the $68 million project was funded by federal stimulus dollars remaining from other federally funded projects that were completed under budget. The project was bid as a design/build contract awarded to the design build team of Archer Western Contractors / GAI Consultants. Construction on the highway started in Summer 2010.