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A state plan is in the works to make New Kings Road more safe.

Five pedestrians have been hit and killed on the Northside roadway over the last couple of months News4Jax reported.

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About 40 Duval County bridges have been rated “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” by the Florida Department of Transportation.  

Fourth Circuit Public Defender Matt Shirk is seeking a third term.

Shirk has confirmed that he will run for re-election, and says he's trying to move past controversy that has dogged his time in office.

That includes a scathing grand jury report that recommended he resign after allegations he sent sexually suggestive text messages to employees, deleted public records and spent campaign funds on behalf of a family member.

He join us to discuss these and other issues.

aerial view of Overland bridge

Jacksonville commuters may be used to the snarl of traffic on downtown’s Overland Bridge on I-95, but changes are coming later this week. As work continues on the interstate, a major traffic shift is planned for the weekend.


Several blocks of Edgewood Avenue will be closed in both directions next week while the railroad crossing at the intersection of Edgewood and West 20th Street is replaced.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, CSX crews will put in a concrete crossing that’s designed to last longer and hold up better under heavy traffic. 

Work on the crossing is set to start at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 and wrap up by 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

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The new Arlington River Bridge on University Boulevard will open to traffic this weekend.

The Florida Department of Transportation says the new $11.5 million bridge will have sidewalks and bicycle lanes as well as decorative lighting, architectural railings and landscaping at both ends.

Plans call for traffic to be shifted from the temporary bridge to the new one sometime Saturday afternoon, weather permitting.

The final phase of the project, removing the temporary bridge and resurfacing the entire project, will begin soon.

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Florida Department of Transportation crews are putting the finishing touches on a new off-ramp connecting the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 to Atlantic Boulevard near downtown.

DOT spokesman Ron Tittle says the plan is to open the new ramp to traffic on Monday unless crews can get everything done earlier.

“It looks like, weather permitting, because they’ve got to put striping down tonight. They’re grooving and painting and adding some asphalt in there right now,” Tittle said. “So it could be, if the weather cooperates, that we could have that open by 6 a.m. Saturday.”

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The widening of Interstate 95 on Jacksonville’s Southside has come with the usual growing pains of progress: traffic congestion, lane closures and noise. The project has put one church congregation between the road and a hard place — and into a legal battle with the state.

If you come to worship at Glorious Bethlehem Temple and you forget your tambourine, Pastor Donald Richardson says, don’t worry. Richardson says some parishioners just pick up an instrument and join in. 

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State inspectors got their first good look today at the damage under the portion of Liberty Street that collapsed into the St. Johns River last week.

The Florida Department of Transportation is using a robotic video camera to do a safety inspection of the pilings before any repair work is allowed to start. FDOT spokesperson Ron Tittle says underwater conditions made the assessment difficult. Tittle says they couldn't see anything abnormal on the pilings they could visually inspect with the camera.

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In a critical update to the area's long range transit plans, the North Florida TPO is evaluating transportation needs and challenges across Northeast Florida.

We Are Straight Allies, the Quality Education for All Fund, and Robert Corchado are in the headlines today.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to permanently close access from the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville to Hendricks Avenue starting at 8 p.m. on Monday night, February 3.

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A new central hub for transportation, traffic, law enforcement, and fire and rescue agencies in the four-county Jacksonville metro area will be up and running by the end of 2014.

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The list of proposed road construction projects for the next five years in the six-county Jacksonville metro-area, will be available for public review tonight.

Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Gina Busscher says engineers and planners will be on-hand at the agency's Edison Avenue training center to talk about the projects and answer people's questions.

"It’s called our 'tentative work program,” she said. "Each year FDOT updates its five year transportation plan with projects requested by the public, local government and metropolitan planning organizations."

Duval County teachers, FDOT, and UNF in the headlines today.