JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A ramp closure from I-95 to Stockton Street will put a damper on Riverside area commutes for the next year. The ramp is scheduled to close after rush hour traffic on Monday and remain closed for the rest of the year and much of 2018.
During the closure the Florida Department of Transportation will build new ramps to alleviate traffic congestion. It's part of the "Your 10 and 95" operation improvements project, aimed at improving the I-95/I-10 interchange.
Currently drivers face a quick decision approaching the exit: staying on I-95 south, heading west on I-10, or exiting off at Stockton Street.
"It gets scary and you also have a lot of confusion at that spot too because that is an exit lane but there's signs for I-95 and Stockton," said Brittany Dudek, a driver who takes the Stockton Street exit.
Interchange improvements include:
- Dedicated ramps to Stockton and Irene Streets
- Eliminate weaving and reduce traffic volume at the interchange
- New monument signage
According to FDOT crews, now it the best time to make changes to accommodate future growth.
Currently 250,000 drivers are estimated to use the interchange daily, but that number is expected to jump to nearly 290,000 by the year 2040.
Drivers can plan to use the new exits in the summer of 2020.