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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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