Repaired I-95 Entrance Ramps Reopened In San Marco (UPDATE 5:30 AM)
On ramps from Atlantic Blvd. and Philips Hwy. onto Interstate 95 northbound were reopened this morning at around 5:15 a.m. following overnight emergency repairs, according to our news partner News4Jax.The ramps were closed all day Thursday after being damaged by overnight construction, creating traffic backups across the city.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. — Florida Department of Transportation officials have pushed their projected time for reopening the northbound ramps onto I-95 from Atlantic Blvd. and Philips Hwy. to 9 p.m., spelling almost certain headaches for afternoon rush hour.
"The erosion of the soil and base material which supports the roadway was greater than anticipated and required more time to prepare the area for concrete placement," said FDOT regional spokesman Michael Goldman in an email sent at around 3:30 p.m.
"The concrete has arrived on the site and is currently being placed on the roadway. The concrete needs to be achieve a certain strength before the roadway is safe to support traffic."
Goldman also noted that the 9 p.m. time could be pushed back further based on how quickly the concrete cures. He said the ramps will definitely be back open in time for rush hour on Friday morning.
Goldman recommended getting on I-95 northbound from the Hart Bridge and following posted detours.
UPDATE 1 p.m. — Florida DOT officials say that the northbound ramps onto I-95 from Atlantic Blvd. and Philips Hwy. that closed this morning, causing major traffic across the city, are projected to reopen at 5 p.m.
In an email, FDOT public information officer Michael Goldman says "high strength, quick setting concrete" was scheduled for delivery to the emergency repair site at around 12:30 p.m.
"The projected 5 p.m. opening includes the time needed for the concrete to cure and harden properly and make the pavement safe for traffic," Goldman said.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW:
Jacksonville commuters trying to get to and from San Marco this morning are frustrated following the closure of two key ramps onto Interstate 95.
The ramps from Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway to I-95 were closed following damage from construction overnight that caused them to buckle and crack.
Crews are working to repair the damage now. Commuters voiced their displeasure with the long delays via Twitter this morning:
Worst commute ever.— Darren Bounds (@dbounds) January 9, 2014
I'm pretty sure I could have walked to work faster this morning. My 1/2 hour commute has been 1 1/2 hours...So far. @WJXTAshleyM— Erin W (@erin_wallner) January 9, 2014
Stay tuned to WJCT for updates throughout the day.
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