3 NE Fla. road construction projects announced

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation is rolling out plans for three new road construction projects aimed at making it easier to get around northeast Florida.

One project will improve the Interstate 95 and Interstate 295 interchange, near Jacksonville's airport. It will replace exit lanes with flyover ramps, making it easier for traffic to move along.

State Road 23 on Jacksonville's Westside will be extended from Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 90. That will make it easier for trucks to get to I-10 from the distribution centers for Publix, Winn-Dixie and other companies.

And the state will build a U.S. 301 bypass around Starke. The four-lane road will make it easier for trucks and other traffic heading down 301 so they don't have to stop at traffic signals in downtown Starke.

The projects will start in 2015 and 2016, and together cost $364 million.

This comes one day after the state announced a $78 million project for the I-95 at J. Turner Butler Boulevard interchange. That's slated to be complete in 2017 or 2018.

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