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Florida State Road 202

State Road 202 (SR 202) is a 13.042-mile-long (20.989 km) state highway that extends from U.S. Route 1 (US 1; Philips Highway), in Jacksonville, Florida to SR A1A (Third Street), in Jacksonville Beach, near the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Ponte Vedra Beach, and includes a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. To locals, the road is better known as J. Turner Butler Boulevard, Butler Boulevard, or JTB. Except for a 0.5-mile-long (800 m) section from US 1 to Interstate 95 (I-95), it is a completely limited-access expressway. It was constructed in sections by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (before 1971, the Jacksonville Expressway Authority). The first section opened in 1979, but the entire road was not completed until 1997.[2]

State Road 202 marker

State Road 202
J. Turner Butler Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length13.042 mi[1] (20.989 km)
Existed1979–present
Major junctions
West end US 1 in Jacksonville
 
East end SR A1A in Jacksonville Beach
Highway system
SR 200SR 206

Route descriptionEdit

SR 202 begins at US 1 (Philips Highway) and starts its run east as a divided, six lane surface street, going east towards I-95 and becoming a freeway, passing through mostly marshland as it heads east towards exits including SR 115 (Southside Boulevard) and I-295 (East beltway), before ending at SR A1A, just west of the Atlantic coastline.[3]

Points of interestEdit

St. Johns Town Center, a super-regional shopping mall is located near the I-295 intersection, as is the University of North Florida. Further east, Mayo Clinic Florida is located near the intersection with San Pablo Road.

HistoryEdit

The expressway is named for J. Turner Butler, a well-known Jacksonville attorney and Florida legislator who was instrumental in advancing various transportation projects in the region and the establishment of the Jacksonville Expressway Authority. J.T.B. was a toll road until 1988, when the JTA removed all the toll-collection facilities in Jacksonville.

When J.T.B. initially opened, it was described by locals as "the road to nowhere". The moniker has diminished over the years as increased growth on Jacksonville's Southside area, as well as at the beaches and in St. Johns County has transformed the road into a major commuter route. Because of the heavy traffic on J.T.B. and projected continued growth in the Jacksonville area, the Florida Department of Transportation, in the early 2000s, conducted a study on making long-term improvements to J.T.B. The study results recommended widening the road and designating "inside" express lanes with limited on and off points along the route, surrounded by additional "outside" local lanes, albeit at a considerable cost. While this was not implemented, most of the highway between I-95 and the Intracoastal Waterway was widened to three to five lanes in each direction in the early-to-mid 2000s.

The Arthur Sollee bridge spans the Intracoastal Waterway and is known by locals as the "Whubba Whubba" bridge, due to defect in construction that make for an amusing bouncy ride on the eastbound side of the roadway.

Between the summer of 2005 and December 24, 2008, an $80 million freeway-to-freeway "whirlpool" style interchange was constructed at the interchange of J.T.B. and I-295, with the final piece to open being a flyover ramp from J.T.B. east to I-295 north.

Until late 2017, access to J.T.B eastbound from I-95 southbound was handled through a traffic-signaled intersection that was located near the highway's western end. This configuration created significant congestion during rush-hours, causing traffic to back-up onto I-95. To alleviate this situation, a flyover was constructed during the mid-2010s from I-95 southbound to J.T.B eastbound, along with other improvements to the I-95/J.T.B/Belfort Road/Salisbury Road interchanges.

ImprovementsEdit

As of 2019, the FDOT is constructing capacity improvements to the perennially-congested Gate Parkway interchange (which provides access to St. Johns Town Center). The FDOT is also proposing upgrading the San Pablo Road interchange to a diverging diamond interchange (with right-in/right-out access to Mayo Clinic).[4] In the future, the traffic light for eastbound J.T.B traffic headed to northbound Kernan Blvd. is excepted to be replaced with a loop ramp to be built in the southeast quadrant of the interchange.

Exit listEdit

The entire route is in Duval County. All exits are unnumbered.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Jacksonville0.0000.000  US 1 (Philips Highway / SR 5)At-grade intersection
0.1890.304Bonneval RoadAt-grade intersection
0.510.82  I-95 (SR 9) – St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Downtown Jacksonville, SavannahI-95 exit 344; western end of freeway
1.111.79  Belfort Road / Salisbury RoadNo direct entrances from Salisbury Road; westbound exit has right-in/right-out to Southpoint Boulevard; access to St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside
3.034.88  SR 115 (Southside Boulevard)Cloverleaf interchange
4.026.47Gate ParkwayAccess to St. Johns Town Center
5.228.40  I-295 (SR 9A) – Jacksonville International Airport, Daytona BeachI-295 exit 53; freeway-to-freeway interchange
6.2910.12Kernan Boulevard
8.2113.21Hodges Boulevard northSouthern terminus of Hodges Boulevard
10.0516.17  San Pablo Road (CR 101A)Access to Mayo Clinic Florida
10.358–
11.228
16.670–
18.070
Bridge over Pablo Creek (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway)
Jacksonville Beach12.6520.36South Beach ParkwayEastbound exit and westbound entrance
13.04220.989   SR A1A (Ponte Vedra Boulevard) – Jacksonville's Beaches, Ponte Vedra, St. AugustineTrumpet interchange; access to Baptist Medical Center Beaches
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ Mabry, Donald J: "Chapter 6 - The Sixties" World's Finest Beach, ISBN 1-59629-967-3, May 2010
  3. ^ Google (2010-07-20). "overview map of State Road 202" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  4. ^ http://nflroads.com/ProjectFiles/5235/Final%20Public%20Hearing%20Graphic%20Board%20010419.pdf