The First Coast Expressway Takes Shape

September 28, 2015 19 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

The first phase of the First Coast Expressway continues to advance between I-10 in West Jacksonville and Blanding Boulevard in Clay County. Here's a look at what you'll find driving along this construction zone today.

About the First Coast Expressway (FCE)

The First Coast Expressway (FCE) is a new multi-lane limited access toll facility that will eventually connect Interstate 95 (I-95) in northern St. Johns County to Interstate 10 (I-10) in western Duval County. The 15-mile northern section from SR 21 (Blanding Blvd) in Clay County to I-10 in Duval County is currently under construction with a completion of summer 2016, weather permitting. Construction is scheduled to began this past summer on a short extension from I-10 to Beaver Street (U.S. 90) with an expected completion of spring 2018. The southern section from I-95 in St. Johns County to Blanding Blvd in Clay County is currently in the preliminary design phase. The southern section will include a new bridge over the St. Johns River.

The FCE will provide a connecting roadway, outside of the existing I-295 loop, between I-95 in St Johns County and I-10 in Duval County. A total of 13 new interchanges and a major bridge structure across the St. Johns River are also proposed. The total length of the proposed roadway is approximately 46.5 miles.

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