The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a Project Development and Environment (or PD&E) study of I-95 from International Golf Parkway to I-295. This study is considering options to improve safety, capacity, and traffic operations on I-95.
The proposed improvement is as follows:
- Widening I-95 to four general use lanes
Other options include:
- Re-configuring ramps
- Installing new stormwater ponds
- Installing noise walls
The purpose of this project is to improve safety, capacity, and overall traffic operations in order to accommodate future population and economic growth in Duval County and St. Johns County. A hybrid public hearing on the project will take place on April 12, 2022 and begin as an open house format at 4:30 pm followed by formal presentation at 6:30 pm.
Proposed Typical Sections
I-95 from International Golf Parkway to SR 9B will be widened to provide four 12-foot general use lanes and one 12 foot outside paved shoulder in each direction. It will include 26 foot median with a concrete barrier wall.
I-95 from SR 9B to I-295 will be widened to provide four 12-foot general use lanes and one 12 foot outside paved shoulder in each direction. Auxiliary lanes will be added as needed throughout the project. It will include 32 foot median with a concrete barrier wall.
Proposed Interchange Modifications
First Coast Expressway Interchange
The PD&E Study is proposing the following improvements to the First Coast Expressway Interchange:
- Shifting I-95 northbound mainline west.
- Changing the I-95 northbound to First Coast Expressway ramp to a 2-lane exit ramp.
- Merging the two bridges on the exit ramp from First Coast Expressway to I-95.
Proposed future condition
SR 9B Interchange
The PD&E Study is proposing no major changes to the SR 9B Interchange.
Proposed future condition
Old St. Augustine Road Interchange
The PD&E Study is proposing the following improvements to the Old St. Augustine Road Interchange:
- Providing one additional right turn lane at the northbound exit ramp and relocating the ramp terminal.
- Changing the Old St. Augustine Road to I-95 northbound loop ramp to two lanes.
- Relocating the left turn lane from Old St. Augustine Road westbound to I-95 northbound 150-ft west.
- Providing one additional left turn lane at the I-95 southbound exit ramp terminal.
The PD&E Study is proposing the following improvements to the I-295 Interchange:
- Maintain the existing alignment north of I-295.
- Shifting I-95 southbound east towards I-95 northbound.
The proposed noise walls are currently being studied. Further analysis and design will be needed before any final decisions are made.
What Are Noise Walls?
Noise walls are specially designed structures to reduce noise levels created by nearby highway traffic. They are built only after noise impact studies are conducted and certain conditions are met.
How do Noise Walls Work?
Along the roadway, noise walls block the direct path of sound waves from the roadway to homes and businesses. They do not eliminate noise; they only reduce the noise.
Providing Public Feedback
The Hybrid Subsequent Public Hearing will take place on April 12, 2022 and begin as an open house format at 4:30 pm followed by formal presentation at 6:30 pm. This hearing is being conducted in a hybrid format to provide multiple ways for the public to receive information about the project and provide input. This format uses both a virtual and an in-person component.
Attend in person at the World Golf Village at 275 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32095 (Doors will open to the public at 4:30 pm).
Interested persons may join the hearing from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. The hearing is a free live presentation/webinar over the internet. For this option, advanced registration is required. Click Here to Register. (Please note, Internet Explorer cannot be used to register or attend this webinar). Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the hearing online.
Phone Option (Listen Only)
Participants may join the hearing in listen-only mode by dialing (914) 614-3221 and entering the access code 176-432-233 when prompted.