Progress continues on the construction of Jacksonville's next interstate. Here's an update on the project's status.
State Road 9B (SR 9B) is a planned four lane divided highway that will eventually connect Duval and St. Johns County from the I-295 East Beltway to County Road 2209 (St. Johns Parkway).The corridor is divided into three phases. Construction on Phase 1 began in summer 2010 and the $75 million phase opened to traffic in September 2013.
Construction began on Phase 2, from Interstate 95 to US 1/Philips Highway, in April 2013. As a part of this $95 million phase, a massive interchange with Interstate 95 is being constructed. Beam setting over Interstate 95 is currently in progress. Phase 2 is expected to open to traffic in mid 2016.
The last phase of SR 9B will begin west of I-95 and extend approximately 1.5 miles south, where it will connect with County Road 2209 (St. Johns Parkway). Phase 3 is anticipated to cost $79.8 million, construction will begin fall 2015, and it is expected to be completed by Mid 2018.
It is anticipated that the completion of SR 9B will result in a major real estate development boom along the Duval County/St. Johns County border. A brief description of major developments lining up along the SR 9B corridor can be found HERE.
When complete, SR 9B is anticipated to become I-795. I-795 will be Jacksonville's fourth and St. Johns County's second interstate highway.
For more information: http://www.sr9b.com/Pages/Home.aspx
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