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Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians that use the Independent Drive ramp to the Main Street Bridge will have to find another route starting Thursday.

The new shared use path on the Fuller Warren Bridge is due to be finished in the fall of 2021.
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It won’t be too much longer until you’ll be able to walk or bicycle across the Fuller Warren Bridge.

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The intersection of County Road 220 West and State Road 21 in Clay County will reopen in its new configuration on Friday, April 9.

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Starting on Thursday, April 8 and continuing only on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., through Friday, April 23, the city of St. Augustine’s contractor, Preferred Materials, will resurfacing asphalt roadways in various locations to repair numerous utility cuts and damage caused to the roadways over time.

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The Independent Drive ramp to the southbound Main Street Bridge will close permanently April 15 as crews prepare to demolish it, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Instead of inching ever higher, Florida gas prices have actually fallen a couple of pennies in recent days.

Road construction on  Interstate 4 and State Road 408 in Orlando is pictured in this May 18, 2020 file photo.
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The tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida would get $50 million, the same as in the current fiscal year, Gov. Ron DeSantis would get $26 million for his Job Growth Grant Fund and $3 million would go to election security under an initial budget proposal released Wednesday in the Senate.

2 Crashes Trigger Back-Ups During Morning Rush In St. Johns County

Mar 24, 2021
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Two major crashes on I-95 northbound, one of them fatal, shut down the interstate from International Golf Parkway to County Road 210 early Wednesday morning.

Fla. Senate Proposal Would Plug In Higher Fees For Electric Vehicles

Mar 23, 2021
An Electrify America fast charging station is pictured at The Avenues mall in Jacksonville.
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Annual fees on electric vehicles would go up to help build charging stations as the state anticipates a continued move away from gas-powered cars and trucks, under a proposal backed Tuesday in the Senate.

After years of ignoring or denying climate change, Florida has begun assessing the threat that sea rise poses to a sprawling transportation network essential to the state’s economy.

But the risks, like the water, are rising fast.

Data: Florida's New Law Against Texting While Driving Rarely Enforced

Mar 17, 2021

A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy was heading east on Interstate 4 in his red Dodge Charger on a brilliantly sunny afternoon in Florida when he saw him: A young driver behind the wheel of a Jeep texting on his phone.

The deputy, Donald Hess, didn't hit his lights and siren right away. He watched over more than a mile while he pulled around both sides of the Jeep, he said, as the driver kept texting before he pulled him over on the I-4 shoulder. When the driver rolled down his window, the deputy waved away a cloud of smoke.

The man who drove the wrong way down Interstate 275 Tuesday and killed a police officer who swerved to stop him was driving more than 100 mph.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said the man, Joshua Daniel Montague of Golden, Colo., entered I-275 southbound the wrong way from Busch Boulevard. He apparently had been drinking at a local bar and beer bottles were found in his hotel room.

Jacksonville Mulls Gas Tax Hike For $930M In Projects

Mar 10, 2021
Downtown Jacksonville
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority have been meeting with City Council members about a possible increase and extension of the local gas tax that would pay for a $930 million list of transportation projects.

A pedestrian crosswalk is pictured on Jacksonville's Southbank.
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A report released Wednesday found that Jacksonville is the tenth most dangerous metropolitan area in the country for pedestrians.

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COVID-19 stimulus checks are being cited as one of the reasons for a high turnout this year for Clay County’s version of “Operation Green Light,” a statewide driver license reinstatement program.

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Gas prices have jumped 11 cents over the past week, bringing the average price at the pump for regular unleaded to $2.72 a gallon in Florida.

State Senators Back Boosting Florida's Child-Restraint Age

Mar 5, 2021
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A proposal that would require 6-year-old children to be secured in car seats or booster seats is headed to the full Senate.

New Plans For Suncoast Parkway Extension Backed By Florida Senate

Mar 4, 2021

Legislation to drop the southernmost of three planned toll-road projects, while revising plans for the other two, was backed by a divided Senate committee on Wednesday.

The controversial projects, approved by lawmakers in 2019, would build a new toll road between Collier and Polk counties, extend Florida’s Turnpike to connect with the Suncoast Parkway and extend the Suncoast Parkway from Citrus County to Jefferson County.

A republican-backed effort to repeal the construction of three controversial toll roads is moving forward in the legislature. It would open the door for two other projects to commence.

The toll roads are currently planned to connect Citrus to Jefferson County, Collier to Polk County, and extend the Florida Turnpike northwest of the Suncoast Parkway. Each toll road had a task force to evaluate its need and impact.

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Automakers like Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Mini, Porsche, VW and others are now selling fully-electric vehicles with a lot more in the pipeline. That has Florida Power & Light (FPL) seizing upon an opportunity: keeping all those shiny new cars charged.

Retaining wall construction is underway along with a new roadway drainage system.
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Finishing the road work that started with demolishing the elevated expressway next to the Hart Bridge and Metropolitan Park will cost more and take longer than originally anticipated.

A recent survey conducted by AAA said Floridians are still reluctant to travel, almost one year into the coronavirus pandemic.

The top three reasons people gave for avoiding travel are: fear of getting sick, fear of the coronavirus variants and the number of COVID-19 cases.

AAA says more than 68% of Floridians canceled travel plans in 2020.

February is Hit-and-Run Awareness Month, and a new awareness campaign in Florida is focusing on reducing the number of fatalities in such crashes.

Hit-and-run fatalities in Florida increased by more than 18% in 2020, even as total hit-and-runs decreased by 13% compared to the previous year.

Boat Hits Buckman Bridge; Search, Rescue Operation Launched

Feb 4, 2021
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A boat struck the Buckman Bridge on Thursday morning, authorities said.

Bills Filed To Kill Three Proposed Toll Roads

Feb 4, 2021

Bills were filed Wednesday that would kill the plan to build three new toll roads through rural parts of Florida.

Tina Polsky, D-Palm Beach County, filed the bill (SB-1030) in the state Senate. She said the plans to build 330 miles of highways are competing with more pressing needs.

TALLAHASSEE --- Pointing to “questions that may have sweeping implications for dozens of municipal traffic enforcement regimes across Florida,” a federal appeals court is asking the Florida Supreme Court to help resolve a challenge to fees that motorists can be charged by red-light camera companies.

Drivers on northbound I-295 at the Buckman Bridge will see multi-lane closures this weekend as crews shift traffic to move into a new phase of construction, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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First Coast area drivers who use Florida’s toll roads but don’t want to worry about those transponders that go on the windshield now have another option.

For much of the past year, state transportation officials heard strong opposition to plans for three major new toll roads in Florida. But the controversial projects aren’t dead. They were back before the Legislature just last week.

Thousands of Floridians criticized the planned roads at dozens of task force meetings held over the past year. As a result, the task forces sent a report to the Legislature in November with no consensus on whether they should be built. But the Department of Transportation is forging ahead with the next step — environmental and economic studies.

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A public hearing about safety improvements on the Westside’s San Juan Avenue is being hosted Tuesday, Jan. 12, by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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