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    Severe weather during the early morning commute caused damage to an on-ramp connected to the First Coast Expressway’s North project. Emergency construction began immediately and is expected to last a week, with the ramp reopening on Monday April 10.  A detour has been issued during the ramp closure. Westbound traffic on Normandy will not be able to exit onto SR-23, instead drivers will need to exit off Normandy onto New World Avenue south and continue that to 103rd St.  The $45 million First Coast Expressway project from I-10 to Beaver St will connect access to I-10 from the distribution centers of Publix and Winn-Dixie. 
  •   More headaches for Southside drivers planned this evening for continued work on the I-95 / JTB Interchange Improvement project. Lane closures on I-95 NB at Butler will last from 8pm through 11pm, and then at 11, motorists will be detoured off of I-95 onto Butler Blvd. Drivers can turn around at Belfort to get back on I-95 NB. Overnight construction planned on I-95 NB at Butler, this evening from 8pm through 5am tomorrow #WokvTraffic pic.twitter.com/zdWeNclkZW — Tim Tompkins (@RadioTimNBA) January 10, 2017 Construction is expected to end by 5am just in time for morning drive. The $67 Million Dollar construction project is scheduled to wrap up in late May, schedule permitting of course.
  • The Florida Department of Transportation hopes 2017 will become known as the 'Year of the Express Lanes' to Jacksonville residents. Started in 2014, an $89 million dollar project began adding express lanes to the I-295 West Beltway between the Buckman Bridge and I-95. Originally, the project was slated for completion in late 2016. However, FDOT Public Information Officer Ray Hampton says this portion of the project will not wrap up until fall of 2017. Express lanes give drivers the option of either using the tolled lanes or the free ones they are already using. When we asked the reason for the delay, Ray cited unexpected weather and scheduling conditions for the contractor. FDOT is informing drivers of the new timetable via blue signage through the Mandarin area. The express lanes of the I-295 W Beltway between I-95 and the @BuckmanBridge are scheduled for completion in 2017. #WokvTraffic @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/OJAQqhUHuS — Tim Tompkins (@RadioTimNBA) December 12, 2016 “FDOT is rolling out a campaign to educate the public on how to use the express lanes and why they will benefit the community,” Ray says. A poll of drivers in Miami released by the FDOT gave a 71% satisfaction rating on the recently installed express lanes in their area. Ray cites that many drivers enjoy express lanes because they give a predictable commute while simultaneously easing the congestion on the normal lanes. FDOT is hopeful the express lanes will ease congestion for Orange Park and Mandarin drivers on the I-295 West Beltway. FDOT Express Lanes Drivers will need to purchase a Sun Pass in order to use the express lanes and the price of the tolls will automatically be deducted from their accounts. The second phase of the express lanes - on the I-295 East Beltway between SR-9B and Butler Boulevard - remain on schedule for completion in 2019. That is a $139.9 million dollar contract.
  • Improvements for the Main Street Bridge Downtown are scheduled tonight. This will close the Main Street Bridge to all vehicles and pedestrians, as well as boaters who will be unable to pass through the channel underneath. The work is part of a larger improvement project scheduled to wrap up next spring.  Improvements to the Main Street Bridge include new heating and air conditioning units, sanitary sewer lines, closed-circuit television cameras for live traffic viewing, and replacement of the entire electrical system, among others. The Main Street Bridge closes tonight at 6:30pm and will reopen Thursday morning at 6am. Commuters can use the Acosta Bridge, into and out of Downtown, as their alternate.
  • Headaches for Southside drivers scheduled overnight on Wednesday through 11pm and 5am on Thursday morning, weather permitting.  The welcome news for drivers is the I-95/Butler interchange project is in it’s final stage. I-95 NB traffic will be detoured onto Butler Blvd EB where drivers will turn around at Belfort and merge back on to I-95 NB at Butler. The lane closures are for crews installing bridge beam connections to the Butler Blvd two-lane 1,400ft flyover bridge in the hopes of easing traffic exiting off I-95 SB onto Butler Blvd EB. The $67 million dollar project began December 2014 and is scheduled for completion in early 2017. The entire project includes resurfacing of Butler Blvd between Philips and Belfort, reconstructing the I-95 NB off ramp to Butler allowing traffic to exit both east and west, a new I-95 NB off-ramp from Butler, a new flyover from I-95 SB onto Butler Blvd EB and replacing the traffic signals on Butler Blvd at Philips Hwy. The goal is to ease traffic on Butler from Belfort to I-95 and I-95 SB exiting off onto Butler Blvd.
  • Revitalizing and restoring Downtown while preserving the original structure, the Newnan St/Hubbard Street Bridge in the historic Springfield District of Downtown reopened this week. The initial structure was built over 80 years ago, in 1929, by Henry J. Klutho. Construction crews were able to preserve the original structure of the bridge by removing parts at the start of construction and reapplying them when construction was coming to completion. The bridge has notable significance to Jacksonville as it’s eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic places. A bridge that runs parallel to the newly reconstructed bridge is a remarkable display of before and after. Seen below, the newly constructed bridge looked much like this one. During the project- crews rebuilt roadway approaches, a new bridge deck and reconditioned existing bike pathways. The bridge connects downtown to the Confederate Park which features basketball courts, a dog park and a playground The total cost of the reconstruction was $1.5 million and took nearly 7 months to complete.
  • FDOT continues to make safety improvements on the southside, and those improvements lead to overnight road closures this week. Monday and Wednesday from 11pm to 6:30am, the Butler Blvd eastbound ramp to northbound Southside Blvd is closed. Drivers will need to make a U-turn on eastbound Butler at Gate Pkwy and use the Butler WB ramp to northbound Southside Blvd. On Tuesday and Thursday from 11pm to 6:30am, westbound Butler Blvd to southbound Southside Blvd will detour to northbound Southside Blvd where drivers will need to make a U-turn at Gate Pkwy back onto southbound Southside Blvd.
  • A major shift has happened to I-95 NB drivers through the Southside. During reconstruction of the new I-95 northbound bridge, all northbound lanes of I-95 have shifted to the left at Butler Blvd. This is where the old I-95 SB lanes used to be. FDOT reminds motorists to pay attnetion in construction zones and that speeding fines are doubled whenever workers are present in a workzone.  
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    Tim Tompkins has been with WOKV since 2014. He is the lead Traffic Anchor on Jacksonville’s Morning News and weekend expert show host on Saturdays between 12pm-3pm for the Consumer Law Hour, Q&A With JEA and Ask the Doctor. Outside of the WOKV studio, you can find Tim collecting vinyl, watching basketball or playing with his dog Sophie.

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  • North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. >> Read more trending news  Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around the east coast city of Wonsan. South Korea's defense ministry could not immediately confirm the report, according to Reuters. North Korea warned that the United States will have to choose between political and military surrender, according to the Yonhap report. 'If the U.S. and warmongers run amok with a reckless preemptive strike, we will stage the most brutal punishment of a preemptive attack in the sky and land as well as at sea and from underwater without any warning or prior notice,' according to Rodong Sinmun, spokesman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
  • A Brunswick man is under fire after neighbors say his dog attacked a little boy Monday afternoon.It happened in Brunswick off Ogg Avenue.According to the Brunswick News, the pit bull mix dog was chained in the backyard of a duplex home on Ogg Avenue, where the 4-year-old was being watched by a babysitter. TRENDING: 'Firefighters saved my life,' Florida rattlesnake victim says The child was playing in the front yard, when the babysitter went inside briefly, according to published reports. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering told the Brunswick News that the child walked to the backyard, where he was attacked by the dog.Action News Jax asked a neighbor if the dog has ever attacked before.“No, no, he always keeps his dog tied up, always. His dog never runs,” neighbor Derrick Preston said.The child was taken to Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, according to the Brunswick News.The dog is with Animal Services, which will monitor the dog for 10 days before taking any action.  LOCAL NEWS: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says
  • Nearly seven months ago Hurricane Matthew gutted Donna Wright’s Davis Shores house in St. Augustine, she’s still rebuilding so she has a place to call home again.“I didn’t have any insurance, flood insurance,” Wright said. “I’m staying with friends and living in my car.”Mom Kira Anderson and her family spent the last six months living in a fifth-wheel camper in their own driveway. TRENDING: 'Firefighters saved my life,' Florida rattlesnake victim says They’re slowly moving back into their Davis Shores home as they rebuild.“Living in a camper with your husband, kids and 110 pound dog (for six months) is awful,” Anderson said.Monday, the St. Augustine City Commission approved the first steps to change a city ordinance to allow hurricane victims to temporarily live on their private property while repairing their home.Neighbors would have until the city issues them a certificate of completion, or their building permit expires to stay. The city’s current ordinance does not allow this.“We are not doing anything to move people or displace people,” St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver said.St. Augustine leaders say 12 families still live in RVs and campers in their own driveways in Davis Shores, nearly seven months after Hurricane Matthew. LOCAL NEWS: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says The city does not have a hard count of how many victims left after the storm, or are rebuilding. Now the city is working with different organizations to get an official head count.Neighbors say at least 50 individual hurricane victims total in Davis Shores are still living in their driveways.“We will do everything in our power to identify them and get them on the right road,” Shaver said.City leaders say the proposed change to the RV and camper ordinance for Hurricane Matthew victims must to go through a few more steps before coming official.
  • A 59-year-old woman is dead after she tried crossing the street on I-95 North near Forsyth Street.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Courtney Lynn Richard was driving in the outside lane of I-95 Northbound and her Toyota Corolla hit Deborah Tompkins on her left side.   Richard continued to drive on I-95 to her home where he car was later found. Charges are currently pending. 
  • On Monday, six law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty were recognized in Tallahassee. One of those six was Deputy Eric Oliver. Deputy Oliver, who worked for the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, died in November 2016 while chasing a suspect. TRENDING: 'Firefighters saved my life,' Florida rattlesnake victim says Oliver's supervisor Sgt. Charles Lucas said he met Oliver when they both went from the detention center to the sheriff's office. 'We would chit chat on a regular basis and we both have little girls and that was a big topic,' Sgt. Lucas said. Lucas said Oliver was great at his job and deserved to be honored in Tallahassee. 'He always did his job and provided the community with the best service he could,' Lucas said. LOCAL NEWS: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says Nassau Sheriff Bill Leeper and members of Oliver's family were at the ceremony as he was remembered. 'Him being honored today is the ultimate sacrifice,' Lucas said.

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