Hate to say it, but just like I-22 (The Florida-Georgia Parkway, now aimed at Savannah), ANY new superslab connection benefits the largest private economic driver in NE Florida. J A X P O R T !! While we have been pretty good at paving everything in sight, we have missed some vital area's that could have paid back in much bigger ways.
WHAT IF? What if we canceled 9-B and instead extended the old Haines Street Expressway, renamed something poinent like JAXPORT EXPRESSWAY, or HARBOR EXPRESSWAY, from the current corner of MLK, straight north near Talleyrand and Buffalo, over the Trout River and follow Hecksher to Blount Island.
Meanwhile, 9-B will help as it gives container traffic a straight shot at East-South-Central Florida roads, without the congestion of 95/295.
It will help in giving Race Track Road a much needed interchange, something we can't do on I-95 due to interchange spacing requirements.
Opponents should now focus on getting wildlife underpasses built into 9-b, perhaps an 11Th hour Hail Mary.