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State Road 9B (SR 9B) is a 7-mile-long (11 km) state highway on the south side of Jacksonville, Florida. It is a freeway for its entire length. Its southern terminus is at County Road 2209 (CR 2209) in St. Johns County. Its northern terminus is at the southeast-most point on Interstate 295 (I-295).

State Road 9B marker

State Road 9B
SR 9B highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of SR 9A
Maintained by FDOT
Length5.508 mi[2] (8.864 km)
History
  • Groundbreaking: 2010
  • Initial opening: September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)[1] (as Phase 1)
  • Phase 2 opened: June 13, 2016 (2016-06-13)
  • Phase 3 opened: August 9, 2018 (2018-08-09)
Major junctions
South end CR 2209 in St. Johns County
 
North end I-295 in Jacksonville
Location
CountiesSt. Johns, Duval
Highway system
SR 9AI-10

The state highway is anticipated to be renamed to Interstate 795 (I-795) when the designation is approved by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).[3]

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

State Road 9B begins at an interchange with Saint Johns Parkway (County Road 2209) in St. Johns, heading north as a four-lane divided highway. The road heads through Peyton Parkway (Race Track Road Connector) and Interstate 95 before expanding as a six lane expressway. The road continues north for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) where it passes over Phillips Highway (US 1). The road then continues north for another 3 miles (4.8 km) where it terminates at an interchange with Interstate 295.

HistoryEdit

 
Southbound on I-295 at the future split with SR 9B in southeastern Jacksonville, July 27, 2003

In May 2008 the project was suspended by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) but it was reinstated in 2010 when funding was acquired via stimulus funds.[4]

Phase 1Edit

Phase 1 of the SR 9B/I-795 project, consisting of a three-mile (4.8 km) spur from the Eastern Beltway of I-295 to US 1, began in the middle of 2010 and was scheduled to be completed in early of 2013, at an estimated cost of $68.5 million. The winning contract went to Archer Western Contractors / GAI Consultants, who also reconstructed the I-10/I-95 interchange in downtown Jacksonville.[5] The roadway was originally planned to open in the end of 2012, but was pushed back to 2013 to allow for the construction of a wider paved area to facilitate future expansion.[6] In late July 2013, southbound I-295 was closed a few nights to install new overhead signs for the SR 9B interchange, one of the final construction projects of Phase 1.[7] Phase 1 opened September 19, 2013.[1]

Phase 2Edit

Superior Construction and Arcadis US was awarded a $95 million design-build contract for the second phase of SR 9B, from US 1 to I-95.[8] Construction began in April 2013 and was fully completed on June 13, 2016. Phase 2 includes a new four-lane road between US 1 and I-95. The Phase 1 interchange at US 1 is upgraded with additional exit ramps and an overpass over US 1 and Veveras Drive in addition to utility work along US 1. A cloverstack interchange at I-95 was constructed, along with noise walls in the northwest and southeast corners.

Phase 3Edit

Phase 3 consisted of extending State Road 9B 2.3 miles (3.7 km) south of the Interstate 95 interchange. The third and final phase connected I-95 to County Road 2209 and Race Track Road via a connector road (named Peyton Parkway) in St. Johns County. Construction began on September 9, 2015 and opened to traffic on August 9, 2018.[9][10]

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
St. JohnsSt. Johns5.5088.864  CR 2209 (St. Johns Parkway)Southern terminus; at-grade intersection
6Race Track Road Connector (Peyton Parkway)May connect with Nocatee Parkway long-term[11]
DuvalJacksonville4.064–
4.168
6.540–
6.708
4  I-95 (SR 9) – Jacksonville, Daytona BeachI-95 exit 333
2.9754.7883Flagler Center BoulevardSouthbound exit only
2.697–
2.770
4.340–
4.458
2  US 1 (Philips Highway / SR 5) – Saint Augustine
0.568–
0.593
0.914–
0.954
1E-Town ParkwayFuture interchange; development planned
0.0000.000   I-295 north (Jacksonville Eastern Beltway / SR 9A) – Jaxport Terminals, International AirportNorthern terminus; I-295 exit 58; no access from SR 9B to I-295 east beltway southbound or vice versa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Donges, Patrick (September 19, 2013). "State Road 9B Open In Jacksonville". Jacksonville, FL: WJCT-TV. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. August 22, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Moyer, Crystal (August 9, 2018). "State Road 9B Opens In St. Johns County; It Will Eventually Be Renamed I-795". WJCT. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "State Road 9B Construction May Begin". Jacksonville, FL: WJXT-TV. Archived from the original on January 4, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Sanderson, Laurie. "State Road 9B from the I-295 East Beltway to US 1 (Philips Highway)". District Two Public Information Office, Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Inclan, Lorna (January 30, 2013). "The wait is almost over for State Road 9B". Jacksonville, FL: WTEV-TV. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "I-295 southbound lanes to close for 2 nights". Jacksonville, FL: WJXT-TV. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  8. ^ District Two Public Information Office. "Phase 2". Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "State Road 9B construction from I-95 to County Road 2209". Northeast Florida Roads. Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "State Road 9B now open in St. Johns County". WJAX-TV. August 9, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Project 84, Racetrack Rd Realignment" (PDF). 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Adopted Needs Plan. North Florida Transportation Planning Organization.

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