JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Lenny Curry on Thursday highlighted a $126 million construction project that's already underway in Jacksonville.
During the announcement at the Florida Department of Transportation's Jacksonville office, the governor and mayor talked about why the I-10 at I-95 Interchange Project is so important, saying it will make a great impression on the people who enter the city.
"It's going to reduce the congestion. It's going to add more lanes. It's going to make sure we're in a place where we can get more jobs here," Scott said. "We get more tourists because we have a great transportation system."
The governor said he’s proudly putting money from Florida’s budget into play.
"Just in the last two years, we've invested $2 billion right here in Northeast Florida," Scott said. "We're going to continue to invest."
Both leaders said the infrastructure investment is also about public safety. The project will add a shared pedestrian and bicyclist path on the Fuller Warren Bridge, connecting the San Marco and Riverside neighborhoods.
"It's all interconnected," Curry said. "My latest budget includes a $2.7 million investment in pedestrian safety and so, to have the state doing these heavy investments, billions of dollars, it all ties in to safe streets, safe neighborhood."
Construction work began about a year ago and the project is expected to be completed by summer 2020. Until then, FDOT wants to make sure people who live and work in the area know what's currently going on with it.
There's a unique website for the project, where people can see the traffic impacts and follow along with the progress. The website is your10and95.com.