Did you know that more than a half million Florida workers are employed on projects in the transportation, trade and logistics fields?
One such project is our own First Coast Expressway (FCE)!
The FCE is a new, multi-lane, limited access, all electronic toll facility that will connect I-95 in St. Johns County to I-10/Beaver Street in Duval County once completed. The northern FCE project segment is located west of I-295 and is currently under construction (from SR 21 north to US 90/I-10), but is scheduled for completion in late 2017/early 2018.
The planned southern FCE segment (from SR 21 south and east to I-95 in St. Johns County) involves right-of-way purchasing that is well under way and eventual construction of a new bridge over the St. Johns River (current Shands Bridge).
FCE projects in Middleburg and Green Cove Springs will start in January 2019. The construction of the new bridge and FCE segment to I-95 is more than five years away.
Why is the First Coast Expressway project important? It’s about time – yours! The average FCE user could shave 15 minutes off an average daily commute – maybe more. More importantly, when a hurricane threatens our coast, the FCE will give coastal residents an additional highway option for safe evacuation.
The electronic tolling is accomplished by using the SunPass or toll-by-plate. You can even use your SunPass in some other states and on turnpikes all across the state of Florida.