Florida State Road 9B

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State Road 9B marker

State Road 9B
Route information
Auxiliary route of SR 9
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 7.5 mi[2] (12.1 km)
History: 2010 (groundbreaking)
September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19) (initial opening)[1]
Unopened segment
South end: CR 2209 in St. Johns County
Major
junctions:
I‑95 in St. Johns County
North end: US 1 / SR 5 in Jacksonville
Opened segment
South end: US 1 / SR 5 in Jacksonville
North end: I‑295 in Jacksonville
Location
Counties: St. Johns, Duval
Highway system
SR 9A I-10

State Road 9B (SR 9B) is a 3.0-mile-long (4.8 km) freeway on the south side of Jacksonville, Florida in the United States. Its north end is at the southeast-most point on I-295, and it currently terminates at U.S. Highway 1 (US 1) south of Jacksonville. An extension, extending the freeway to 7.5 miles (12.1 km), is under construction to connect to I-95 (unsigned SR 9), and may continue south to serve planned development and possibly extend west as a planned bridge over the St. Johns River (which will connect to SR 23). The section north of I-95 will be signed as Interstate 795 (I-795) when it is completed.

Route description[edit]

Beginning at the I-295 interchange in southeastern Duval, the first phase of State Road 9B extends three miles (4.8 km) due south towards US 1 at Gran Bay Parkway. This segment initially opened with four lanes, but due to a late contract modification, can easily expand to six lanes. At US 1, exit ramps connect the roads with signalized intersections.[3]

The second phase of SR 9B continues over US 1 and heads another one point five miles (2.4 km) due south terminating at I-95, with an interchange just north of the St. Johns–Duval County line.[4][5]

History[edit]

Southbound on I-295 at the future split with SR 9B in southeastern Jacksonville, July 27, 2003

In May 2008 the project was suspended by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), but it was reinstated in 2010 when funding was acquired via stimulus funds.[6]

Phase 1[edit]

Phase 1 of the SR 9B/I-795 project, consisting of a three-mile (4.8 km) spur from the Eastern Beltway of I-295 to US 1, began in the middle of 2010 and was scheduled to be completed in early of 2013, at an estimated cost of $68.5 million. The winning contract went to Archer Western Contractors / GAI Consultants, who also reconstructed the I-10/I-95 interchange in downtown Jacksonville.[7] The roadway was originally planned to open in the end of 2012, but was pushed back to 2013 to allow for the construction of a wider paved area to facilitate future expansion.[8] In late July 2013, southbound I-295 was closed a few nights to install new overhead signs for the SR 9B interchange, one of the final construction projects of Phase 1.[9] Phase 1 opened September 19, 2013.[1]

Phase 2[edit]

Superior Construction and Arcadis US was awarded a $95 million design-build contract for the second phase of SR 9B, from US 1 to I-95.[4] Construction began in April 2013 and is scheduled for completion in the middle of 2016.[10] Phase 2 will include a new four-lane road between US 1 and I-95. The phase 1 interchange at US 1 will be upgraded with additional exit ramps and an overpass over US 1 and Veveras Drive in addition to utility work along US 1. At I-95 a brand new interchange will be constructed along with noise walls in the northwest and southeast corners.[4] Resurfacing of I-95 between Old St. Augustine Road and the rest areas north of County Road 210 in preparation of the future interchange began in July.[10]

Exit list[edit]

Phase 1 of SR 9B from I-295 south to US 1 has opened as of September 19, 2013;[1] this listing is subject to change.

County Location Mile[11] km Destinations Notes
St. Johns St. Johns 0 0 CR 2209 (St. Johns Parkway) future at-grade intersection
1.5 2.4 Race Track Road Connector future interchange; may connect with Nocatee Parkway long-term[12]
Duval Jacksonville 3 5 I‑95 (SR 9) – Jacksonville, Daytona Beach future interchange; south end of phase 2
4 6 Flagler Center Boulevard future interchange; southbound exit only
4.5 7.2 US 1 (Philips Highway / SR 5) current south end
7.5 12.1 I‑295 north (SR 9A)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Donges, Patrick (September 19, 2013). "State Road 9B Open In Jacksonville". Jacksonville, FL: WJCT-TV. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ District Two Public Information Office (February 22, 2007). "State Road 9B" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ District Two Public Information Office. "Phase 1". Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c District Two Public Information Office. "Phase 2". Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ District Two Public Information Office. "FAQ". Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "State Road 9B Construction May Begin". Jacksonville, FL: WJXT-TV. Archived from the original on January 4, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ Sanderson, Laurie. "State Road 9B from the I-295 East Beltway to US 1 (Philips Highway)". District Two Public Information Office, Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ Inclan, Lorna (January 30, 2013). "The wait is almost over for State Road 9B". Jacksonville, FL: WTEV-TV. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "I-295 southbound lanes to close for 2 nights". Jacksonville, FL: WJXT-TV ]. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Cravey, Beth (July 26, 2013). "Nighttime I-95 closures planned in St. Johns for next three weeks". The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL). Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ estimate
  12. ^ North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, 2035 LRTP Adopted Needs Plan (project 84, "Racetrack Rd Realignment")

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