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    PODCAST- LISTEN! FRIDAY 7:30pm- Hourglass Pub- Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Shows. $5 bucks at the door. 21+ 7:30pm- Nathan Wilson Center for the Arts- FSCJ Jazz Concert. toe-tapping musical selections that will please jazz enthusiasts and those that are not that jazzy.   SATURDAY 10am- Riverside Arts Market on Riverside Avenue- Enjoy Arts and crafts, live music and food vendors with fresh produce! This is perfect for the family or a fun solo trip. Plus, the weekend weather is looking great! 7pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The Jacksonville Icemen vs Norfolk Admirels. Before their Thursday game, the Icemen are 4 and 11 on the season, last in their division. Tickets start at 15 bucks SUNDAY 1pm- Everbank Field- The Jags take on the Colts at home. The Jags are 7-4 on the season and tied for first in the AFC south. If the Jags season were to end today, they’d be seeded 5th in the playoffs. 
  •  PODCAST: Listen FRIDAY -The Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $15 bucks -Carlos Menzia at Comedy Zone at 9:45pm. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central $25   SATURDAY -The Florida Tiny House Festival at the St. Johns Fairgrounds at 9am. Many dozens of tiny houses and micro homes, TV Celebs, national leaders from the tiny house community, fire performers and free movie showings. There are dozens of workshops and presentations. Tickets start at $20, kids are free.  -Candy Cain making class at Sweet Petes at 4pm. Watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. You’ll shape canes to take home. $15 per person and ages 4+ recommended. - Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Show at Hourglass Pub. 21 and up! Comedy and arcade games. The show is entirely improvised and based on your suggestions. Only $5 at the door.   SUNDAY -5th Annual Fall Craft & Vendor Event at Renaissance Resort World Golf Village at 10am featuring ~139 vendors. Kid friendly. Star Wars Characters will be onsite all day with fun games! Completely free! -Load up the family and listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through over a half million lights that twinkle and dance to the music at the Morocco Shine Center at 6pm. The one mile drive has two Mega Trees, a 300 Foot tunnel of lights and custom Holiday scenes. Free hot chocolate and candy canes for all!
  • Downtown drivers- the I-95 SB ramp to Stockton Street has closed and will remain so for at least a year as part of the I-10/95 Improvement project. This is part of a larger $126 million project intended to improve the I-10, I-95 interchange and a install new dedicated Stockton ramp is being constructed.  Odette Struys, FDOT Spokesperson, tells us the ramp could remain closed even longer if there are unforeseen weather incidents.  As an alternate to Stockton Street for Riverside drivers- you can take the Forest Street exit to Margaret Street to access Stockton on continue on I-10 Westbound over to McDuff. 
  • PODCAST- Listen Here FRIDAY 4pm- Sweet Petes Downtown- Fall Apple Classes. Great for the kiddos. You’ll dip the apples in their selection of chocolate, and toppings and customize the apples. Ages 4+. $16. About an hour long.  8pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The blues is alright tour- ft Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Jeff Floyd and Bishop Bullwinkle. 10pm- Paint Studio 86 in San Marco- Sip, paint, relax. Painting a star gazing set. $30 each. They suggest arriving 15-30 minutes early to get situated. More at Painting with a twist dot com SATURDAY 11am- Downtown- Veterans Day parade- The parade route starts at EverBank Field and continues down Bay Street and ends at the Prime Osborn Center. Free! 1:30pm- Park & King St in Riverside- JaxbyJax Literary Arts Fesitival- 28 local writers will feature their work across 14 venues featuring everything from poetry to novel excerpts. A new writer takes the stage every half hour and after party at Jacksonville’s CoRK Arts District. 7pm- Veterans Arena- Chris Stapleton   SUNDAY 2pm- Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Plant Nite- Drink, Plant and Party! Build a terrarium, herb garden or flower arrangement. They provide all the supplies: a solid container, soil, plants, rocks, decorative elements, smock, music, and a good time. So come out and have an evening of relaxation, fun and gardening! Gather your family and friends and create your very own mini garden. More info at Plant NITE dot com 1pm- Everbank field- Jags take on the LA Chargers. Jags are tied for first in the division and look to improve upon their 5 and 3 record. Special Salute to Service and they’re giving out 6,000 tickets to active and retired military. Extended traffic reports on News 104-5 WOKV from 11am through 5pm  
  • FRIDAY 11:30am -10 p.m. at The Landing- Get ready for an amazing 3 day Bar-B-Que fest filled with award-winning BBQ, vendors, an eating contest, yard games, kids’ fun zone, and live entertainment on 2 music stages! Bring your lawn chairs and sit back and listen to some great local music. All ages welcome. 7:30pm- 1904 Music Hall Downtown- The Rocky Horror Picture Show  9:45pm- Comedy Zone- Jay Philips performs, Jay Philips was in the movies Semi-Pro and Baby mama. PODCAST:  Tim Tompkins runs down a busy weekend of events SATURDAY 9am- NAS Jax Airshow at NAS Jax- Both Saturday and Sunday the NAS Jax Air Show, birthplace of the Blue Angels aboard Naval Station. Free Kids zone for games and activities for all ages. Don’t forget to bring earplugs for the little ones! Noon- Klutho Park- Jacksonville Porchfest Jacksonville’s premier community music festival returns to the porches and parks of Historic Springfield. This free event features over 20 bands on porches in the afternoon and an evening concert in beautiful Klutho Park.  7pm- Dailys Place- Colt Ford. All Ages SUNDAY 8am- Riverside Arts Market-The Salute to Veterans 5K Race: Running with Hometown Heroes- The 6th Annual Salute to Veterans 5k Race. The race will celebrate and honor U.S. military units and veterans. It is one of the largest 5ks in Jacksonville and will kick off at 8 a.m. beginning at the Riverside Arts Market 9am- NAS JAX- NAS Jax Airshow gates open. Show starts at 10am.  1pm- EverBank Field- Jacksonville Jaguars home game at Everbank field against the Bangels. WOKV will have extended Sunday traffic from 11am through 5pm at the top and bottom of the hour.
  •  It was expected to open Wednesday, but that was pushed back until Thursday morning. Last week Governor Rick Scott announced the soon-to-open I-95 Southbound flyover ramp to Butler Blvd. The 1,400-foot ramp was first announced by Governor Scott in November 2013. This is easing congestion on I-95 Southbound exiting off at Butler because drivers heading Eastbound will no longer have to stop at the cycling light at JTB. Instead, they’ll use the direct access two lane road.   Bianca Speights, FDOT PIO, says “We expect for this to alleviate a lot of congestion and improve the safety through the area as well.” The delay comes for unexpected problems as crews removed the striping. Bianca Speights tells us contractors laid new striping and opened it on Thursday morning.  The opening of the flyover ramp from I-95 Southbound is the first phase of the project. Next construction crews will open the second phase by placing Butler Blvd Westbound lanes into their final configuration.  As construction continues through the area, Speights adds, “This is still an active construction zone and be aware that there are workers there still.” Express Lanes of the I-295 Beltway between the Buckman Bridge and Butler You’ve driven through the construction zone on the I-295 W Beltway between the Buckman Bridge and I-95 for the better part of a year and a half. Drivers have felt the pain of a disabled vehicle blocking a lane due to a lack of shoulders while roadwork continues. Orange Park and Mandarin drivers should soon sigh a bit of relief on their daily commutes.  The 5.7 mile stretch on the I-295 W Beltway from the Buckman Bridge to I-95 is on schedule and expected for completion early 2018. Two twelve-foot toll lanes on either side will open giving drivers choice in their commute.   Currently, average speeds during peak times average less than 10 mph. Once the Express Lanes open, FDOT is expected speeds to average 20mph during peak times on the current roads and no less than 45 mph on the express lanes.  Drivers will need to purchase a prepaid Sunpass card that the cost of use will automatically be deducted from their account as they pass through in order to use the express lanes, The prices for lanes are dynamic, meaning they fluctuate. The slower the normal lanes are, the more expensive the express lanes and vice versa.   An important factor for drivers to consider before using the lanes; they are straight through, meaning once you enter them at the start of the Buckman Bridge you will need to stay on them through I-95. No exiting available onto San Jose or Old St Augustine Rd. This also means if there is a crash blocking a lane ahead, drivers will not be able to hop on to the express lanes after the entrance for them later when it is convenient to do so.   If an incident occurs in the express lanes, the toll rate during the incident will adjust to encourage drivers to use the general use lanes. Additionally, there is a shoulder in the express lanes to safely allow drivers to move out of the flow of traffic. If drivers have questions about the toll rate in effect at the time they drove through the express lanes, drivers should call the SunPass customer service center or visit SunPass.com for more information. Ray further commented on the impact these lanes will have to drivers, “We think these will be a great addition to the roadway and give drivers more of a choice with their commute.” Express Lanes on the I-295 E Beltway between 9B and Butler Blvd This project is designed to ease congestion for drivers along the I-295 E Beltway in the same manner the express lanes along the I-295 W Beltway will. These lanes are scheduled for completion in Spring of 2018.  As with the I-295 W Beltway Express Lanes, they are through lanes meaning that drivers will need to stay on them between 9B and Butler Blvd. Northbound drivers will have an option of using a direct flyover at Butler Blvd where they can exit Eastbound or Westbound or stay along the I-295 E Beltway Northbound. On the I-295 E Beltway Southbound, drivers will get onto the express lanes before Butler Blvd, closer to Town Center Pkwy. As with the I-295 West Beltway, Hampton Ray says that once the lanes open up so will the shoulders along the I-295 E Beltway. This will allow for stalled vehicles and crashes to clear lanes of travel much faster.   Ray noted that through the construction time, FDOT patrols the area with Road Rangers to assist any stalled vehicles with gas or flat tires. This is a free service offered to all drivers traveling through the impacted roads.  Future express lane projects, including I-95 at Atlantic and I-95 at International Golf Pkwy, are in the study phases and construction is not expected to begin on those until 2020.  95 Overland Bridge Project In 2013 the Florida Department of Transportation began the Overland Bridge Project to improve the flow of traffic on I-95 Northbound and Southbound through the Downtown area of Jacksonville Florida. The project encompasses a 2.3 mile stretch.   As it stands now, drivers can exit off I-95 Nothbound onto the Downtown exits at the Main Street or Acosta Bridge. Upon completion, that will change. Drivers will need to make a decision at Emerson to continue or I-95 NB lanes through Downtown or take the lanes heading into Downtown Jacksonville. FDOT Spokesperson Ron Tittle says FDOT will post signs leading up to it informing drivers, but for those who do take the 95 side, if they need to get into Downtown they will have to turn around after Downtown and come back through.   Ron Tittle says, “We are still looking at late fall type of timeframe to have the project completed.” In regards to the Northbound lanes of I-95.  FDOT will also ease congestion for those leaving the Downtown area on the Southbound side by adding an additional lane of travel.  First Coast Expressway The First Coast Expressway is designed to ease congestion along the I-295 W Beltway and Orange Park and I-10. The first segment of the $77-million-dollar project is on time and scheduled for completion in spring 2018.  The lanes, when opened, will become toll roads. There are similarities between the First Coast Expressway and the express lanes opening on the I-295 Beltway. Drivers will be able to use their SunPass for both roads, but First Coast Expressway drivers will have an option to use ‘Toll by Plate’. However, those who use it will be charged an additional $2.50 administration fee. Hampton Ray, Public Information Officer at FDOT, urges drivers to save money by using a SunPass Instead.   Commuters taking State Road 23 but not wishing to use the express lanes will have the option of exiting at New Wold Avenue to avoid the toll. Challenger and Discovery Rd will also be a viable option to those wishing to avoid the toll fees.  The larger project will eventually connect SR-23 to the Shands Bridge, replacing the Shands Bridge, and then over to I-95. This will allow St Johns commuters to use the First Coast Expressway rather than I-95 Northbound up to I-10.    The third phase is not funded, which includes a replacement of the Shands Bridge. Construction on the second phase of the First Coast Expressway is expected to begin in 2019.  Upon completion, the First Coast Expressway will give drivers a 46 mile stretch of road of non-stop 70 mph travel. 
  • There are no bridge closures in effect at this time in advance of Hurricane Irma, for any of the major bridges in Jacksonville. Sustained winds of 40 mph- not wind gusts, but sustained winds- are the threshold for any closures. Ron Tittle, FDOT spokesperson, tells me, “Law Enforcement determines the need to close bridges along our roadways. During high wind conditions they rely on tropical storm wind conditions with sustained speeds above 40 MPH. FDOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center monitor sensors on bridges and cameras on major corridors. They keep law enforcement and the Duval County EOC apprised for their decision making.” During Hurricane Mathew, the Dames Point Bridge was the only major bridge in Jacksonville to close because of wind.  In 1999 during Hurricane Floyd,The Mathews, Hart, Dames Point, Buckman and Intracoastal Bridges closed while the Fuller Warren, Main Street and Acosta remained open.  Other counties saw bridge closures, especially along the coast, during Matthew. It’s possible law enforcement closes bridges ahead of the peak of the storm for public safety reasons or as part of their evacuation plans, but no planned closures have been announced at this time. BRIDGE WATCH:  Nassau County is monitoring the Shave Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and the Heckscher Drive Bridge. 
  • Mandarin Drivers- a scheduled repair by Florida East Coast Railway has all lanes of Greenland Rd just west of Philips Hwy closed. Traffic on Greenland Road is being diverted on to Old St Augustine Rd. where drivers head North to the I-295 W Beltway.   FEC is expected completion of the repairs on Greenland Rd and for lanes to reopen by 11:30pm on Tuesday August 28th. 
  • Progress continues for commuters in St. Johns for the final segment that will connect SR-9B to St. Johns Parkway with overpasses at Race Track Road, Durbin Creek and Russell Sampson Road. This will allow access directly onto SR-9B, giving a direct route on the I-295 Beltway. Starting Friday, August 11th drivers traveling south on St. Johns Parkway between Russell Sampson Road and North Arabella way will shift to the recently completed lanes on the northbound east side of the road. Bicycle lanes will also shift onto the northbound lanes. Both southbound and northbound lanes will be cut down to one lane of travel during the half mile stretch of St. Johns Parkway. While progress is being made, completion of this third and final stage isn’t scheduled for completion until next summer.
  • 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. 
  • Tim Tompkins

    Lead Traffic Anchor

    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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