JACKSONVILLE, Fl. - A new toll road is being built in hopes of easing congestion for commuters driving between Jacksonville’s Westside and Clay County.
The First Coast Expressway will run between Interstate 10 and Blanding Boulevard, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The 19-mile total trip is estimated to range between $2.20 for two-axle vehicles and $8.80 for five-axle vehicles.
“You have people for the tolls. You have people against the tolls,” said Teresa Williams-Elam, an Oakleaf Plantation resident.
Williams-Elam said some of her neighbors are on a fixed income and won’t be able to afford to drive the toll road.
“You don’t have to pay if you don’t want to. You don’t have to travel it,” said FDOT spokesperson Gina Busscher.
The first phase of the $162 million project won’t be complete until late 2016. That’s when drivers will start having to pay the tolls.
The toll money will be used to pay for the first phase of the project as well as maintain toll booths.
The FDOT said once the first phase is finished, it plans on extending the expressway to connect Blanding Boulevard and I-95 in St. Johns County.