ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – If you’ve traveled on County Road 210 in northern St. Johns County, you’ve likely spotted a lot of development in the area, but improvements could be coming if a new budget proposal is accepted.
St. John County maintains approximately 1,000 miles of paved roadways, and with new subdivisions, grocery stores and shopping centers, the need for road improvements is increasing.
For the upcoming year, St. Johns County’s budget includes money for road work on County Road 210.
Ongoing construction on County Road 210 near the Beachwalk development is a reminder of the need for wider roads in this area of St. Johns County.
This isn’t the only area of County Road 210 that’s seeing a burst of development. Just 4 miles west there are new shopping centers, buildings, and subdivisions all operating on a road that hasn’t been updated for the number of drivers now using it.
St. Johns County’s public works department has an updated five-year road maintenance and rehabilitation program with a focus on County Road 210.
In this program, there’s a capital improvement plan, which lists several different road projects to help maintain and reconstruct roads.
In the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, $7.25 million would go toward improving County Road 210 from I-95 to US 1 and $4.8 million would go toward widening County Road 210 from Greenbriar Road to Cimarrone Boulevard.
Widening and improving this part of County Road 210 would help traffic flow more efficiently and safely.
The widening project is currently under design, which is approximately 60% complete. Negotiations for real estate acquisition are underway. Once pond sites have been acquired, the final design will be completed, and construction could start as early as 2022 or 2023.
This is just the proposed budget and can be changed before it is adopted in September.
The county will tentatively meet again on Aug. 4, when it will discuss the budget before the start of the next fiscal year in October.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of these road projects as we learn more.