Drivers concerned Race Track Road repaving will cause more headaches

Drivers advised to leave early or find another route

By Crystal Chen - Assignment editor/reporter, Ashley Harding - Reporter, Associated Press

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FLA. - Crews are going to begin repaving Race Track Road between St. Johns Parkway and Bartram Park Boulevard Thursday. 

While the hope is to make things run as smoothly as possible during peak traffic times, drivers are still being advised to use another route or leave earlier.

Multiple stores and businesses, including Walmart, are part of the project. 

The widening project on the busy St. Johns County road has been going on for a while. The repaving portion of the project is expected to last through next week. 

Drivers are concerned that the already frustrating amount of traffic will get worse during construction.

Stacey McEnerney said she'd rather avoid the congestion altogether.

"It's going to be a nightmare, especially just going back and forth," McEnerney said. "My brother lives just off Bartram Park, so going back and forth to his house, it's crazy."

Diana Wildrick knew her husband wouldn't be happy when she heard about the change on the news.

"He has to travel it daily for his job down in St. Augustine, so he's not real thrilled about all the construction," Wildrick said.

She also thinks it's already a potentially dangerous intersection with drivers who speed by.

"There's kind of a blind spot going by that one curve and people are traveling way too fast on Race Track, and there's been a lot of accidents at Bartram and it's chaotic," Wildrick said.

Both Wildrick and McEnerney hope the project will alleviate the problems in the area but know it could take some time. 

The improvements come just days after Cinemark announced plans for a 12-screen movie theater at The Pavilion at Durbin Park.

All 12 auditoriums at the Cinemark Durbin Park Theater will boast advanced technology and amenities, including electric-powered, plush, oversize recliners with footrests and cup holders.

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