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The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, has been closed due to a dredging project.
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If you’re heading to Vilano Beach, here’s a parking note to be aware of:

What is the proposed Stop New Toll Roads Ballot Amendment?

Jul 26, 2021

The Florida Toll Road Expansion Ban Amendment also known as Stop New Toll Roads, will prohibit the construction or expansion of toll roads on conservation and rural lands. Toll roads, the ballot language says, "decrease the quality of life for all Floridians."

According to Chuck O'Neal, the chairman of the Florida Rights of Nature Network, toll roads divide wildlife corridors, destroy natural ecosystems, and, he explains, often place a burden on under resourced families.

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The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department was responding to a fatal accident in Ortega Wednesday afternoon.

Florida Gas Prices Highest Since October 2014

Jul 6, 2021
Man at gas pump
Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press file photo

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Florida has reached $3.01. That's the highest daily average price since October 2014, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group.

FlixBus

The German company FlixBus is expanding bus service to 12 U.S. cities, including Jacksonville.

The Florida Department of Transportation is getting more than $100 million for Hurricane Michael cleanup costs after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the additional reimbursements Monday.

The original Acosta Bridge is pictured in 1919. Click or swipe through the photos to see more images of how the bridge and city have changed over the years.
State Library & Archives of Florida

Jacksonville is marking a milestone as the Acosta Bridge turns 100 on July 1.

FDOT

The Southside Connector (State Road 113) southbound on-ramp from Regency Square Boulevard North will close Thursday, June 3, at 7 a.m. and will reopen Friday, June 4, by 6 p.m. for work as part of the Southside Connector resurfacing and improvement project.

Florida Toll Roads Team With Multi-State E-ZPass System

Jun 2, 2021
Florida Department of Transportation

Florida drivers may want to upgrade their SunPass transponders.

Workers make temporary repairs to the Buckman Bridge Thursday.
FDOT

Damage to a finger joint on the southbound side of the Buckman Bridge forced a shutdown of the southbound lanes of the bridge and Interstate-295 southbound ahead of the bridge Thursday morning in the heart of rush hour, creating a traffic mess for commuters trying to get across the St. Johns River from Orange Park to Jacksonville.

UPDATE: 3-Mile Bridge Is Open

May 26, 2021

UPDATE: The 3-Mile Bridge opened to traffic early Friday morning.

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The big question around the area is: When will the 3-Mile Bridge be open?

“We don’t have a specific time for when the bridge will open,” said Ian Satter, spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation. He says there is still some work to do before the bridge can be open to traffic.

Florida Gas Prices Rise 10 Cents In A Week

May 10, 2021
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AAA expects gas supplies to remain strong in Florida despite a pipeline outage and a dime a gallon price jump last week.

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A crash involving a school bus and another vehicle left two adults and five students injured Friday morning in Downtown Jacksonville.

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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.
FDOT

It won’t be too much longer until you’ll be able to walk or bicycle across the Fuller Warren Bridge.

FDOT

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.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

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.

Steven Senne / Associated Press

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.
John Raoux / Associated Press

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.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

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
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A report released Wednesday found that Jacksonville is the tenth most dangerous metropolitan area in the country for pedestrians.

Florida 511 / Florida Department of Transportation

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.

Photo of gas pump
Steven Senne / Associated Press

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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AJ Mast / AP Images for Dorel Juvenile Group

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

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