In December 2013, Metro Jacksonville was the first to publicly raise questions about the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) plans to widen the Fuller Warren Bridge without including provisions for a pedestrian/cycling crossing between Riverside and San Marco. Well, the extra eye of scrutiny worked and Jacksonville will be a better place for it. Today, revised plans for Fuller Warren Bridge & I-95/I-10 interchange were released.
Alternative 1A Plans revealed:
Alternative 1A (Not Preferred by FDOT) is similar to the alternative presented at the February 10, 2014 public meeting. This alternative addresses many of the concerns raised at the February 10, 2014 public meeting except the removal of the I-10 Roosevelt fly-over. The major traffic components of this alternative are:
Eastbound I-10 to Southbound I-95
Add a deceleration lane for the Stockton off-ramp. This allows all of the eastbound I-10 lanes to continue to the I-95 interchange. This will be accomplished with restriping and requires no roadway or bridge construction.
Widen the I-10 eastbound parallel access road exit to I-95 South from one to two lanes. This provides more time for traffic entering from Stockton Street to change lanes to go to I-95 South. This will be accomplished by widening the ramp to the inside.
Connect the auxiliary lanes from the I-95/I-10 interchange on the west side of the St. Johns River to the auxiliary lanes on the east side of the St. Johns River, thereby reducing a bottle neck at the river crossing. This is being accomplished by using a combination of a narrower inside shoulder (reduced from 10 feet to 4 feet) and widening the Fuller Warren Bridge (only over the water).
Connect the acceleration lane from the Park Street on-ramp to the Palm Avenue deceleration lane by only widening the Fuller Warren Bridge over water.
Northbound I-95 to Westbound I-10
Connect the Philips Highway I-95 Northbound on-ramp on the east side of the St. Johns River to the I-10 off-ramp on the west side of the river, thereby reducing a bottle neck at the river crossing. This is being accomplished using a comnination of a narrower inside shoulder (reduced from 10 feet to 4 feet) and widening of the Fuller Warren Bridge (only over water).
Widen the ramp from I-95 northbound to I-10 westbound from two to three lanes. The widening will be on the inside and will not require any right-of-way or adjustment of the outside barrier wall.
Construct a fly-over at Roosevelt Boulevard on the right side of the roadway to reduce weaving caused by the mixing of I-95 northbound and I-95 southbound traffic going to I-10 west and Roosevelt Boulevard.