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Posted: 6:32 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
By Kevin Rafuse
JACKSONVILLE, Fl. —
The commute to Jacksonville is seeing new congestion, and the backup is ironic; it's cause by a new traffic pattern designed to move traffic along faster - 9B.
For daily commuters like construction hauler Robert Hunter, Highway 9B was supposed to be a big help during rush hour. But he tells our partner Action news the new short has disappointed him. "How long have we waited on that and now it's just screwed up," he said.
The congestion is caused by one major problem. Lanes on I-295 are now forced to merge with two lanes on highway 9B, leaving little room for cars to move over.
But FDOT spokesperson Laurie Sanderson tells Action News it's a problem she's aware of"We expected to have some merging issues with I-295," said Sanderson.
She says the FDOT has had plans to fix the problem all along; adding an extra lane to 295 in that area. Because of funding however, that phase of the 9B design won't be built until 2015.
It's just more waiting for commuters who are sick of sitting in traffic.
The I-295 expansion in this area is currently in the design phase.
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