Water main break on San Jose, planned closure on Greenland fuel Mandarin traffic nightmare

Excavation expanded for worker safety

Crews work to repair a water main break on San Jose Boulevard. (Provided by JEA)

MANDARIN, Fla. – San Jose Boulevard remained partially closed Thursday morning as crews worked to repair a water main break near Claire Lane in Mandarin.

The closures started on Wednesday afternoon, and JEA has not indicated a timeline for when the repairs will be finished.

Around 10:30 a.m., an update from JEA said crews had found the crack in the 24-inch water main. JEA crews were still down in the trench, which is now 17 feet deep around 5 p.m.

There was still no word on when the road would reopen.

Just before 11 a.m., News4JAX got word that all southbound lanes of San Jose Boulevard were now closed around the area to protect the workers as they made repairs.

The inside lane closest to the median also remained closed northbound.

Road closure on San Jose Boulevard (Provided by JEA)

Crews are digging and removing dirt from the median where the water main is leaking. They’re excavating the area around the leak so they can make the necessary repairs.

Drivers should use caution in the area and prepare to tack on some time to their commute.

The issue on San Jose, one of Mandarin’s main thoroughfares, has been worsened by a planned closure on Greenland Road between Philips Highway and Fayal Drive. The closure is for repairs and maintenance of the Florida East Coast Railway crossing.

Many Mandarin-area drivers use Greenland to cut through to Philips Highway to avoid early morning interstate traffic, but with that route shut down, they’re being forced to turn around, and rather than head southeast on Old St. Augustine Road, many are continuing west down Loretto Road to San Jose to get to I-295, where they’re running into the lane closures backing up traffic at Claire Lane.

The Greenland closure is slated to last until at least Friday.

Greenland Road railroad repairs (FDOT)

In addition to these issues, the small bridge on Julington Creek Road is also closed, causing another detour in the Mandarin area. That closure is for three months while the bridge west of Hood Landing Road is repaired.

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Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013. She reports for and anchors The Morning Show.