JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More toll roads could be coming to Jacksonville -- and the Florida Department of Transportation wants to hear your thoughts.
A public meeting is being held Wednesday for the proposed addition of I-95 express lanes on a 6.3-mile stretch of I-95 between Butler and Atlantic boulevards. The lanes would cut down on crashes and accommodate more traffic in an effort to ease congestion during peak hours, officials said.
Not many drivers were happy to hear more construction could be coming to Jacksonville roadways, but FDOT officials said it's necessary.
From 2011 to 2015, more than 1,800 crashes were reported, with about 630 involving injuries. Eight were deadly.
FDOT's Crash Analysis Reporting System, or CARS, shows a majority of the crashes occurred during peak hours.
The possible changes include two to three toll lanes added from Butler Boulevard that would spread out to six general-use lanes after Emerson Street.
"I think it's one of many proposed changes that's needed,” driver Neal Chancey said. “Jacksonville's got tremendous growth and the economy is doing well; they need it."
But not all drivers are on board.