The new State Road 9B, connecting U.S. 1/Philips Highway to I-95, is scheduled to open to traffic in stages starting Sunday morning, weather permitting. Southbound lanes and ramps of the new roadway will open first and northbound lanes and ramps are scheduled to open the following week.
In conjunction with the opening, southbound lanes of the I-295 eastern beltway between Baymeadows Road and U.S. 1/Philips Highway are scheduled to close Saturday and Sunday night from midnight to 5 a.m. to install overhead signs for the final stages of the project. Southbound I-295 traffic is detoured to Baymeadows Road, Southside Boulevard and U.S. 1/Philips Highway.
Phase 2 of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) State Road 9B project began in 2013 at a cost of $95 million. It includes a new interchange at I-95, interchange upgrades at U.S. 1 and overpasses at Veveras Drive and U.S. 1. The project also includes entrance and exit lanes on U.S. 1 and I-95 at the new interchange, utility work and roadway signage. Phase 2 connects the I-295 eastern beltway to I-95. Phase 3 of 9B, currently under construction, will connect I-95 to County Road 2209, and Race Track Road via a connector road (Peyton Parkway), in St. Johns County. The third and final phase began in August and is scheduled for completion in 2018.