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JTB/I-95 Northbound Ramp Is Now Open

The work commute may be a little less stressful for some drivers beginning today with the opening of the new JTB/I-95 northbound ramp this morning.

As part of the redesign, JTA added a lane of traffic on JTB between Belfort Road and the entrance ramp to I-95 giving vehicles entering JTB from Belfort Road a longer distance to merge and a dedicated lane to access I-95. Vehicles on JTB will be able to merge into the first lane to enter I-95. The right lane will be an exit-only lane to Bowden Road. With two lanes now entering I-95 instead of only one, traffic caused by merging will be greatly reduced.

Last month, JTA opened the new JTB/I-95 southbound ramp, which added a traffic lane to the interstate between Bowden Road and JTB. The additional lane has significantly reduced congestion on I-95 now that stacking is confined to the exit lanes and not through traffic on the interstate. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, travel time from the south end of the Fuller Warren Bridge to the I-95/JTB exit has been reduced 42 percent since the exit opened on July 16 and 22 percent before construction began.

“We are pleased to be able to alleviate some of the congestion on this very busy interchange and improve the commute for the thousands of drivers who pass through this area, but we recognize it’s just a temporary fix,” says Michael Blaylock, Executive Director/CEO of JTA. “In the meantime, we will continue to work on a long-term solution for JTB, I-95 and U.S. 1.”

JTA started the improvements to the I-95/JTB interchange as a design-build project in March 2009 as an interim solution to address traffic congestion, decrease travel time and reduce the number of accidents until a larger, more comprehensive plan is developed. The budgeted project cost is $13.5 million from Better Jacksonville Program funds.

Presently, JTA is conducting a project development and environment study, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, to help determine the configuration, location and design of proposed improvements for I-95/JTB and U.S. 1/JTB intersections.

For more information on the long-term plans, visit www.butler95.com.