Roads

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The Florida Department of Transportation has completed construction of the new access road to the Jacksonville National Cemetery in north Jacksonville. The roadway, locally named Arnold Road, opened to traffic Monday, Sept. 13.

EPA: Never Mind On Using Radioactive Gypsum Waste For Road Construction

Aug 10, 2021
A phosphate mine in Soda Springs, Idaho.
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President Joe Biden's Environmental Protection Agency has reversed the agency's approval to add radioactive phosphogypsum wastes to materials used by government contractors to build roads.

Florida Department of Transportation

A busy St. Augustine boulevard needs upgrades to make it more pedestrian friendly. That’s the conclusion the Florida Department of Transportation reached after a safety study. The results were presented Wednesday at St. Augustine City Hall.

Surveyors walked Anastasia Boulevard from the Bridge of Lions to just past the Alligator Farm. It’s a highly-traveled section of State Road A1A.

Among the issues listed, inspectors found:

News4Jax

The collapse of a section of Liberty Street in downtown this weekend is brining renewed concern about Jacksonville's roads and bridges. The state of the nation's infrastructure is also an issue in the proposed budget announced by President Obama this week, with the president calling for nearly half  a trillion dollars in transportation construction spending. We look at infrastructure concerns and possible solutions with Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, and A.G. Gancarski, columnist for Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.

Florida Highway Patrol

The safety of the Buckman Bridge has been called into question following Wednesday’s fatal accident that sent a Ford pick-up truck over the guard rail and into the St. Johns River.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Whether you drive or take a bus in Jacksonville, state and local transportation officials want you to be prepared for the changes ahead.

Florida Department of Transportation

The short stretch of road where Arlington Expressway meets Atlantic Boulevard in front of Regency Square Mall is in line for some major safety improvements.

Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, Lyft, are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. The service has been around for about two weeks now, but it's operating illegally.

Florida Department of Transportation

If you’ve got questions about a new toll road under construction on Jacksonville’s Westside, the Florida Department of Transportation is happy to answer them.

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville's One Spark festival kicks off Wednesday and city officials have outlined road closures and parking options connected to the crowd funding festival.

One of the best options is to park at the Prime Osborn Center's Houston Street lot for free and take the Skyway to Hemming Plaza. There is also free parking in Lot E at EverBank Field with a free shuttle heading to the events.

Interstate 95 inspires more than just four-letter words, it turns out.

Twenty five years ago, poet A.R. Ammons and his wife were driving home from a visit with family in South Miami. Somewhere north of Dade County -- on I-95 -- Ammons looked out his window and there it was: one of South Florida’s infamous mountains of trash.

City of Jacksonville

The portable road signs telling motorists when they can drive across the Mathews Bridge are gone, and they won’t be coming back.

Michael Dunn, Marissa Alexander, and red light cameras 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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Parts of Jacksonville's Main Street Bridge are slated to be closed at various times for at least the next year.

The ramp from Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway to Interstate 95 reopened in time for morning rush hour Friday after a day of heavy traffic across Jacksonville.

Student achievement, Marissa Alexander, and Cuba are in the headlines today.

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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.

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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."

Brent Pease, Governor Rick Scott, and Charlie Crist are in the headlines today.

Judy Woodruff, the Jacksonville City Council, and state highways are in the headlines today.

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will reopen four lanes of the Mathews Bridge following evening rush hour traffic on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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The State of Florida Department of Transportation plans to remove the state's 7,752 motorist aid call boxes from along interstate roads by the end of next January.

Boxes on I-10, which were among the 352 boxes along that route and I-95 in and around Jacksonville, have already been removed.

FDOT spokeswoman Gina Busscher called the boxes "antiquated technology" and said removing the boxes will save the state $1 million per year.

Deal to reopen government passes, officials optimistic for partial Mathews Bridge reopen, questions remain in bullying suicide case, and Michael Dunn's jailhouse letters are in the headlines today.

Mike Goldman / FDOT

State transportation officials say a partial opening of the Mathews Bridge in the coming days is not off the table.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman said work is continuing around the clock to repair the span that was damaged last month after being struck by a ship, with the first stage of repairs is nearly complete.

When finished, it will allow the heavy equipment needed to make permanent repairs.

If possible, there will be two lanes of traffic heading into downtown in the mornings and two lanes heading to Arlington in the afternoon.   

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Emergency repairs on the Mathews Bridge have been ongoing for about a week but it's not yet been determined if the bridge can partially open next week.

Plans are to open two lanes and allow westbound traffic in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman says after the emergency repairs are completed they will still need to check if the bridge is safe.

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Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad says with a little luck the Mathews Bridge could partially reopen in two weeks.

Prasad was in Jacksonville on Tuesday to give an update on bridge repairs.  He says Jacksonville-based Superior Construction has been awarded a contract to make the bridge repairs. The total costs including inspections and possible traffic management will be about $3 million.

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The United States Coast Guard on Monday released the audio of some of the calls that came in from people who witnessed a ship hit the Mathews Bridge Thursday afternoon.

Listen below:

USNS Harry L. Martin struck the bridge just before rush hour on Thursday. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.

The head of the Florida Department of Transportation is expected to provide an update on the condition of the bridge later this afternoon.

A Jax man charged with attempted shooting of a federal judge, Mathews Bridge repairs to be discussed, and the opening of health insurance exchanges are in headlines this morning.

U.S. Navy

It could be a while before anyone knows exactly how and why a cargo ship hit the Mathews Bridge Thursday afternoon, closing it to traffic indefinitely.

The U.S. Coast Guard is heading up the investigation into the accident. Petty Officer First Class Lauren Jorgensen says officials are in the very earliest stages of figuring out what happened and who’s to blame.

“The drug and alcohol testing has been completed and the investigators have been interviewing the crew to determine who was directly involved and any witnesses that were there," she said.

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