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« Reply #2750 on: May 04, 2019, 10:50:53 PM »

With all the recent vote in the FL House about extending our toll road network, why not also utilize existing rural roads like US 19.  Many parts of that from Lebanon Station to Capps is so undeveloped that just a few fixes can make that a freeway or freeway like road.

From SR 121 to Chiefland, that particular highway is very rural and far from development due to wetlands along its route.  Even a good part of it is so straight that at night on a clear day, you can see the flasher at US 19 and SR 24 11 miles away.  Just eliminate the at grades where CR 326 intersects at Gulf Hammock, the SR 24 crossing at Otter Creek, and the CR 347 intersection in the rural part of Levy for interchanges.  That would help with the part from Citrus up into Ghilcrist and even build bypasses of Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Old Towne, and Cross City while the rural parts of US 19, 98, and 27 ALT from Cross City to Perry should be modified as well.  Then build the freeway from Perry to follow US 221 to end at I-10 or even have it go further to connect with I-75 near Valdosta also following US 221.

Why disturb other land while using what we have already.  I have been on US 19 & 98 north of Inglis and believe me its not that heavily traveled and not too much chance of building driveways for future homes and industry along its path due to its wetlands area that is pretty much of the Nature Coast of Florida.  Use that corridor instead of buying land through other parts of the county.

I am actually for extending the turnpike up to Lebanon and making US 19 north from there that as my suggestion and making the Suncoast Parkway veer inland to follow SR 200 up to Ocala and Jacksonville to help build a better corridor from Tampa to Jacksonville being that I-4 from Central Florida's explosion made that road a traveling nightmare thanks to Orange, Lake, NE Polk, Osceola, Seminole, and part of Volusia.  Most today prefer US 301's speed traps over I-4's traffic jams anyway.  So this would make most sense.

Heck neighboring GA needs to think about resurrecting I-175 again as well as that would be another major evacuation route as well, but that is for another thread as we are talking about Florida here.
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« Reply #2751 on: May 05, 2019, 12:35:01 AM »

Dang, I thought the designation was completely removed. No idea it was just downgraded. Thanks. I did look and they didn't put any CR 439 signs at the Blueford Av intersection
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« Reply #2753 on: May 15, 2019, 10:31:15 PM »

New lime green striping as part of an ongoing repaving project in Lake County, FL along US Highway 27.
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« Reply #2754 on: May 16, 2019, 07:55:44 AM »

Is that a bike lane?
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« Reply #2755 on: May 16, 2019, 09:45:26 AM »

Is that a bike lane?

Probably looks like it.
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« Reply #2756 on: May 18, 2019, 11:58:48 AM »

I now seen one in Lakeland along Lake Hollingsworth as well.
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« Reply #2757 on: May 20, 2019, 04:23:59 PM »

An FDOT press release says the I-295 express lanes were supposed to open Saturday. Anyone got any pictures? Interesting to note it says they're initially only going to impose tolls during rush hour and that at other times the lanes will be free.
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Re: Florida
« Reply #2758 on: May 21, 2019, 09:11:02 PM »

An FDOT press release says the I-295 express lanes were supposed to open Saturday. Anyone got any pictures? Interesting to note it says they're initially only going to impose tolls during rush hour and that at other times the lanes will be free.

I just returned from my family trip; yes that is true. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures yet due to not having a SunPass.
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« Reply #2759 on: May 22, 2019, 11:45:27 AM »

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs the Florida Toll Road bill.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-toll-roads-desantis-20190517-a6r33yna2jgsdjtgxp4hjjkski-story.html


On Friday, DeSantis signed the toll-road bill (SB 7068), a top priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. The measure will take initial steps to expand the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border; extend Florida’s Turnpike west to connect with the Suncoast Parkway; and add a new multi-use corridor, including a toll road, from Polk County to Collier County.
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« Reply #2760 on: May 23, 2019, 10:34:53 AM »

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs the Florida Toll Road bill.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-toll-roads-desantis-20190517-a6r33yna2jgsdjtgxp4hjjkski-story.html


On Friday, DeSantis signed the toll-road bill (SB 7068), a top priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. The measure will take initial steps to expand the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border; extend Florida’s Turnpike west to connect with the Suncoast Parkway; and add a new multi-use corridor, including a toll road, from Polk County to Collier County.

Funny that you posted this here as I read this after returning from my family trip over the weekend. Not sure if there will be enough of a long-term incentive for more toll roads in the Sunshine State. Not happy about the environmental impacts but that’s more of a political view that cannot be further expressed due to forum rules.
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« Reply #2761 on: May 23, 2019, 10:58:59 PM »

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs the Florida Toll Road bill.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-toll-roads-desantis-20190517-a6r33yna2jgsdjtgxp4hjjkski-story.html


On Friday, DeSantis signed the toll-road bill (SB 7068), a top priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. The measure will take initial steps to expand the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border; extend Florida’s Turnpike west to connect with the Suncoast Parkway; and add a new multi-use corridor, including a toll road, from Polk County to Collier County.
SR 44, US 441, I-75, US 19 and US 41 along with US 27 all provide for the first proposal.  Polk County and Collier are already linked via US 17 to I-75 and or US 41 or US 27 to what CR 835 or whatever it is amongst others.
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« Reply #2762 on: May 25, 2019, 10:02:42 PM »

In Lake there was a study done by polling people of Central Florida to see where a toll road should be built.  One in Lake County took 429 along US 441 and then SR 44 to Wildwood and I-75.  That may be why SR 453 was built and with a trumpet at SR 46.  They had that in mind.

Then one other result of this took the current SR 570 that ends at Polk City and go northeast to connect to the proposed SR 408 extension.  Of course a connector now between US 27 and SR 429 is planned instead of a 408 extension westward.  The rest the Green Swamp stands in the way of ever building that one.

Then from Polk to Collier it is going to use the defunct Heartlands Expressway that was proposed under Jeb Bush.
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Re: Florida
« Reply #2763 on: June 01, 2019, 10:44:47 PM »

Getting off the subject of toll roads, I-75 is now six lanes throughout Hernando County (the Exit 301 ramps and US 98-FL 50 are still being rebuilt).

With the exception of Alligator Alley, all that's left to six-lane is the still ongoing reconstruction of the road between the Turnpike and FL 44 in Wildwood.

BTW, I found out about this and a lot of other stuff during my day trip to Ocala National Forest and DeLand.
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« Reply #2764 on: June 03, 2019, 09:22:32 AM »

Getting off the subject of toll roads, I-75 is now six lanes throughout Hernando County (the Exit 301 ramps and US 98-FL 50 are still being rebuilt).

That is another great make-work project (see also Stark bypass and I-10 at Baldwin) that has been taking forever to complete. I'm still trying to figure out why the drop down to two lanes starts so far back from the project and still extends so far beyond it.
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« Reply #2766 on: June 10, 2019, 12:43:27 PM »

Getting off the subject of toll roads, I-75 is now six lanes throughout Hernando County (the Exit 301 ramps and US 98-FL 50 are still being rebuilt).

That is another great make-work project (see also Stark bypass and I-10 at Baldwin) that has been taking forever to complete. I'm still trying to figure out why the drop down to two lanes starts so far back from the project and still extends so far beyond it.
  One of our MODs now works for FDOT D-7 who has jurisdiction over that part of I-75, maybe he will chime in later and come up with the answer to it.  He just started a few months ago so learning how to access the data base as well as who to go to for answers.
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« Reply #2767 on: June 10, 2019, 12:46:17 PM »

In Florida only the Alligator Alley is left on I-75 which won't get widened anytime soon, but all of I-95 and I-4 are at least six lanes throughout the state.  I-10 is the only four lane road left that has that for several miles as pretty much I-10 is only six lanes in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville as that road don't see the snowbirds or have the sprawl along it like the other three interstates do.
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« Reply #2768 on: June 11, 2019, 12:15:27 AM »

Why is there a tiny VMS at Volusia CR 415 north of SR 44?


https://www.google.com/maps/@29.0122824,-81.068739,3a,75y,208.46h,88.96t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sczpziONTlIjQX3hkNheg4A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Might have to do with event traffic management for the New Smyrna Speedway at that corner? That sign is right where the back pit access is.
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« Reply #2769 on: June 11, 2019, 12:32:30 AM »

An FDOT press release says the I-295 express lanes were supposed to open Saturday. Anyone got any pictures? Interesting to note it says they're initially only going to impose tolls during rush hour and that at other times the lanes will be free.


I just returned from my family trip; yes that is true. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures yet due to not having a SunPass.

The FDOT toll section has opened between I-95 and the Buckman Bridge.

At the moment, it is barely used. Since it provides no material benefit before/after the Buckman, where they simply push you back over to cross the bridge with everyone else.

Most of the commuters agree its a waste and only has purpose if/when an accident might occur on the public side of the barriers.

Last time I drove through there, I saw just one car waste his .50.

The most effective use of the new SunPass lanes is when they finish the east beltway lanes between Philips Highway (US-1) and Beach Boulevard (US-90) along with the new ramps for 9B (I-795) and J Turner Butler Boulevard (FL-202). This is where you have a terrible decision to slam 5 lanes to traffic into just 2. But when its done you will have 3 free lanes and 2 tolled throughout.

I still laugh when I found out FDOT was supposed to use the "tolled road" expansion between the Dames Point bridge up to I-95 at the airport. So they flipped a switch and they moved it south. Gotta love the studies and rationale behind that deal. (none)
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« Reply #2770 on: June 13, 2019, 10:09:11 AM »

The most effective use of the new SunPass lanes is when they finish the east beltway lanes between Philips Highway (US-1) and Beach Boulevard (US-90) along with the new ramps for 9B (I-795) and J Turner Butler Boulevard (FL-202). This is where you have a terrible decision to slam 5 lanes to traffic into just 2. But when its done you will have 3 free lanes and 2 tolled throughout.
As I live off of this stretch of the East Beltway (I-295), I concur.
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« Reply #2771 on: June 13, 2019, 10:40:58 AM »

I still laugh when I found out FDOT was supposed to use the "tolled road" expansion between the Dames Point bridge up to I-95 at the airport. So they flipped a switch and they moved it south. Gotta love the studies and rationale behind that deal. (none)
Source? I can’t say that I agree with you. I do wonder if they were supposed to widen that stretch somehow, as I’ve seen evidence of such construction on that section of the East Beltway (I-295). Maybe the NIMBYs on the Northside and along the St. Johns River got in the way somehow? I did find out that FDOT also removed the I-295 (East Beltway) Express Lanes between JTB and the Dames Point Bridge from their list of proposed Express Lanes projects, despite it still being listed and shown on their Florida Express Lanes website. Maybe the NIMBYs in Arlington, on the Southside, and along the St. Johns River got in the way somehow?
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« Reply #2772 on: June 13, 2019, 10:46:01 AM »

Since it provides no material benefit before/after the Buckman, where they simply push you back over to cross the bridge with everyone else.

Most of the commuters agree its a waste and only has purpose if/when an accident might occur on the public side of the barriers.
But that’s what the point of having Express Lanes is! Although, if it weren’t for the NIMBYs in Orange Park, on the Southside, in Southwest Jacksonville, and along the St. Johns River, they’d have Express Lanes running along the West Beltway (I-295) between the Buckman Bridge and 103rd Street (SR 134) as well, along with a bridge connecting the JTB aka Butler Boulevard (SR 202) with SR 134 (103rd Street/Timuquana Road).
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« Reply #2773 on: June 13, 2019, 08:23:57 PM »

Why is there a tiny VMS at Volusia CR 415 north of SR 44?


https://www.google.com/maps/@29.0122824,-81.068739,3a,75y,208.46h,88.96t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sczpziONTlIjQX3hkNheg4A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Might have to do with event traffic management for the New Smyrna Speedway at that corner? That sign is right where the back pit access is.
That makes sense. I just wish I could read it on GSV.

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