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Clay County’s First Coast Expressway Set to Improve Commutes

June 20, 2017      

Tags: Transportation, Community Involvement

For the residents of Clay County, there’s no place they’d rather live. The area is close to the St. Johns River, making it great for outdoor activities. The communities are safe and friendly – exactly what families want, and need, in order to thrive. But, with many of the residents commuting to Jacksonville for work, traffic congestion is one of the few problems at the front of everyone’s minds.

The solution to the county’s traffic woes is taking the form of the First Coast Expressway. To create it, the FDOT worked with RS&H to design the new multi-lane limited access toll facility, which will eventually connect Interstate 95 in northern St. Johns County to Interstate 10 in western Duval County.

The project consists of two segments – the first being an 8-mile stretch between I-10 and just north of Argyle Forest Boulevard. The second starts at this ending point just north of Argyle Forest Boulevard and runs just over 7 miles to State Road 21 (Blanding Boulevard).

The northern section, which spans from Blanding Boulevard in Clay County to I-10 in Duval County, is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion later this year. The project will also include a new bridge crossing over the St. Johns River.

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