Interstate 95 South - Georgia to Downtown Jacksonville

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Interstate 95 south
Interstate 95 enters the Sunshine State and Nassau County across the St. Mary's River. The 382.15 mile long course in Florida travels through Jacksonville, the Space Coast, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to Downtown Miami. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The freeway passes through Nassau County for 12.23 miles along a mostly rural drive. Photo taken 01/03/14.
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An agriculture inspection station lies 1.1 miles south of the Georgia state line along I-95 south. All motorists transporting agriculture, horticulture, and aquaculture loads are required to pass through the facility. Photos taken 01/03/14.
Advancing beyond the agriculture inspection station, Interstate 95 continues one mile to a folded diamond interchange (Exit 380) with U.S. 17. U.S. 17 south provides a connection to Yulee which lies 6.9 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 17 enters Florida 4.1 miles south of Kingsland, Georgia en route to the Jacksonville area. A railroad parallels U.S. 17 from Kingsland southward to Yulee and Jacksonville, being part of the former Everett Subdivision rail line which ran between Savannah and Jacksonville.1 Much of the rail line was abandoned but this leg, along with a few spurs, remains active. Photo taken 01/03/14.
I-95 advances a mile south from Exit 380 to the State of Florida Welcome Center. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The fist reassurance shield for Interstate 95 south in Florida stands beyond the entrance ramp from U.S. 17. Photo taken 10/13/14.
Visitors can gather tourist-based information as well as drink a complementary cup of Florida orange or grapefruit juice at the Florida Welcome Center. Photo taken 10/13/14.
Weigh stations line both sides of I-95 a mile south of the County Road 108 overpass. Photo taken 10/13/14.
A 2013-installed mileage sign along I-95 south near the truck weigh station outlines the distance to the succeeding interchange with SR A1A/200 and the Jacksonville Beltway (I-295). Photo taken 10/13/14.
The southbound ramp to the Nassau County weigh station separates from I-95 at milepost 377. Photo taken 10/13/14.
A rural stretch of freeway leads Interstate 95 south to the growing suburban corridor along State Road A1A and 200 at Exit 373. Photo taken 10/13/14.
Exit 373 provides additional access to Yulee and U.S. 17 as well as being the primary route to Amelia Island. Fernandina Beach, the Nassau County seat, is located 14.6 miles to the east. Photo taken 10/13/14.
Three and a half years of construction started on January 17, 2017 reconfigures Exit 373 into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). The $40 million road work also includes expanding SR A1A/200 to six lanes along a two mile section.3 Photo taken 10/13/14.
SR A1A consists of many segments along the entire east coast of Florida, often running adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. The northern segment originates in Callahan and leads east to Fernandina Beach and south to the Ft. George Island-Mayport Ferry across the St. Johns River. Photo taken 10/13/14.
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SR 200 runs in tandem with SR A1A from Fernandina Beach west to Callahan where the state road merges with U.S. 301 south as the unsigned counterpart to Ocala. SR 200 emerges once more along its final leg between Ocala and U.S. 41 in Hernando. Photos taken 10/13/14.
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Interstate 95 advances southward six miles toward the metro Jacksonville area and Pecan Park Road (Exit 366). Pecan Park Road links the freeway with U.S. 17 to the east at the Pecan Park neighborhood. Photos taken 01/03/14.
Spanning the Nassau River, I-95 enters both Duval County and the city of Jacksonville. Both city and county governments consolidated into one entity on October 1, 1968, with the exception of Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach.2 Photo taken 01/03/14.
Pecan Park Road crosses below I-95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 366) in one mile. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The 0.75-mile section of Pecan Park Road west from Exit 366 to International Airport Boulevard is a part of SR 243. Established in 2015, SR 243 is a 5.78 mile loop southwest toward Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Photo taken 01/03/14.
Five miles remain ahead of the exchange with Interstate 295 (East/West Beltway) at Exits 362A/B. Downtown Jacksonville follows in another seven miles. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 366 departs Interstate 95 south for SR 243 west and Pecan Park Road. A $17.4 million project upgrades Pecan Park Road west to Lexington Park Boulevard and the Lexington Park community to four lanes. Work runs from July 10, 2017 to Spring 2019.4 Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 passes east of the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) vicinity along the ensuing stretch south of Pecan Park Road. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A parclo interchange (Exit 363) joins I-95 south with SR 102 (Airport Road) west to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Max Leggett Parkway (formerly Duval Road) east to U.S. 17 in one mile. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Paid for by a conglomerate of developers (Ramco-Gershenson, Shands and Signature Land), a $12 million project expanded a 1.2-mile stretch of Duval Road between early August 2011 and 2012 into a four-lane arterial. The expansion supported the 2005-opened River City Marketplace retail center, a medical campus for Shands Healthcare, Parkway Shops and other development. Duval Road was renamed Max Leggett Parkway, honoring the late Jacksonville city councilman (1991-99) and father of Signature Land owner Steve Leggett.5 Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 363 leaves for SR 102 (Airport Road) west and Max Leggett Parkway east. Unmarked from I-95, SR 102 stems west to service JAX Airport. Max Leggett Parkway overlays the unsigned route of CR 110, which angles northeast 1.24 miles to U.S. 17 at Duval. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Guide signs for the Jacksonville Beltway (Exits 362A/B) were replaced in 2012 when I-295 was signed in place of Florida 9A along the East Beltway around the city. Florida 9A remains the unsigned state road counterpart for the entire 61-mile long urban loop. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The East Beltway provides direct access to the Jaxport Terminals at Dames Point and Blount Island via Florida 105 at Exit 41. South from there, I-295 spans the Dames Point (N.B. Broward) Bridge to SR 10, U.S. 90 and SR 202 (Butler Boulevard) east for the Jacksonville area beaches. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Back to back ramps depart from I-95 south for the West and East Beltways. The directional cloverleaf interchange with left exits originally joined the two freeways at Exit 362. Work between late 2007 and September 2010 upgraded the exchange with a two-lane flyover from I-95 south to I-295 (East Beltway) south.6 Photo taken 03/03/13.
Travelers headed west along Interstate 10 toward Lake City or southwest to the Clay County suburb of Orange Park are directed onto the West Beltway to bypass central Jacksonville. I-295 south meets I-10 west in 15 miles near the Normandy neighborhood. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Further upgrades at the Northside Interchange with I-295 commenced in November 2016. Running through late 2020, Project 213323-1 adds a fifth southbound lane to Exit 362B and replaces the two remaining left side ramps from the Beltway to I-95 with high speed flyovers.8 Photo taken 01/03/14.
One half mile ahead of Exit 362A for I-295 (East Beltway) south to Blount Island and the Dames Point Bridge. The East Beltway, in conjunction with SR 9B at Southside, provides a bypass route for motorists continuing south from Jacksonville to St. Augustine, Daytona Beach and Orlando. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 362B takes drivers onto Interstate 295 (West Beltway) south to I-10 and Orange Park in 0.5 miles while the high speed ramp for I-295 (East Beltway) south to Blount Island and Jacksonville Beaches departs beyond the Cole Road overpass. The 50-foot high flyover from Interstate 95 south to the East Beltway opened to traffic on August 24, 2010.6 Photo taken 03/03/13.
The $176.8 million I-95/I-295 North Interchange Reconfiguration project adds a distributor roadway from the I-95 on-ramps to the adjacent exit for U.S. 17 at Oceanway. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 362B leaves I-95 south below the 2010-completed flyover for the West Beltway. I-295 passes south of Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) on the ensuing stretch west to the Garden City community. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Completed in 2008 at a cost of $26.1-million, a 3.7-mile segment of Interstate 95 south was expanded to six lanes between I-295 and Florida 105 (Exit 358). Photo taken 03/03/13.
I-95 advances 1.25 miles south to a diamond interchange (Exit 360) with Florida 104 (Dunn Avenue west / Busch Drive east) in 1.25 miles. Broward Road connects with the freeway at the succeeding exit in 2.75 miles. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Florida 104 meets Interstate 95 near the Anheuser Busch Brewery along Busch Drive in one mile. The 7.57-mile long state road stems west from U.S. 17 (Main Street) and unsigned CR 163 (Busch Drive) to Northwood, Garden City and Biscayne Village via Dunn Avenue before ending at Dinsmore (U.S. 1 & 23). Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 360 partitions from the I-95 mainline to SR 104. State Road 104 is a divided surface arterial between U.S. 17 and Interstate 295 (Exit 30). County Road 163 extends Busch Drive 2.194 miles southward from SR 104 and U.S. 17 through an industrial park to SR 105 (Zoo Parkway) across from Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. Photo taken 03/14/10.
Forthcoming Broward Road (Exit 358B) arcs southeast from SR 115 (Lem Turner Road) along the periphery of the Trout River through the Highlands neighborhood. SR 105 (Zoo Parkway) stems east from I-95 in 1.25 miles, connecting with Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the US Navy Fuel Depot along the St. Johns River, and I-295 (East Beltway). Photo taken 03/03/13.
State Road 105 (Zoo Parkway) extends 15.06 miles east from Interstate 95 to SR A1A along the St. Johns River. Photo taken 03/03/13.
A loop ramp from the Clark Road overpass joins I-95 south prior to the departure ramp for Broward Road (Exit 358B) north. East of I-295, Heckscher Drive continues SR 105 through the Timucaun Ecological and Historical Preserve to the St. Johns River Ferry Terminal and SR A1A southwest of Fort George Island. Kingsley Plantation, established in 1765, lies at the north end of Palmetto Road on Fort George Island. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Broward Road leads north from the Bert Maxwell Boat Ramp (adjacent to Interstate 95) to Zoo Parkway and Clark Road east. A second segment of the local road spurs west from U.S. 17 (Main Street) to a dead end at a finger of the Trout River east of I-95. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Curving southwest toward the Trout River, Exit 358A loops away from I-95 to SR 105 (Zoo Parkway) east. Ramps connect Zoo Parkway with parallel U.S. 17 nearby. Traffic from SR 105 west combines with Interstate 95 south via a wye immediately south of the three quarter cloverleaf interchange with Zoo Parkway. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 spans the Trout River Bridge en route to the Lake Forest community. A 1959-built toll bridge previously carried traffic here. It was replaced with a pair of bridges. The eventual southbound span opened to traffic on December 18, 2006,9, followed by the northbound span in Spring 2008. The Trout River flows wholly within Jacksonville city limits, originating 20 miles in northwest Duval County and merging with the St. Johns River to the southeast at Sandfly Point. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Reaching the apex of the Trout River Bridge, I-95 advances south to within a half mile of Exit 357 with Florida 111 (Edgewater Avenue). Florida 111 angles southeast along Tallulah Avenue southeast through the Tallulah / North Shore neighborhood to U.S. 17 (Main Street). Photo taken 03/03/13.
Edgewood Avenue carries Florida 111 southwest from Interstate 95 along a commercial boulevard through the Lake Forest and Magnolia Gardens neighborhoods. The 11.9-mile long route turns south from U.S. 1/23 toward Biltmore and Woodstock. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 357 departs I-95 south, 0.75 miles ahead of the exchange with SR 115 (Lem Turner Road) north and SR 117 (Norwood Avenue) south. SR 111 concludes in the Lakeshore neighborhood at SR 21, just north of the Cedar River. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Upcoming SR 117 (Norwood Avenue) arcs 1.49 miles southeast of Interstate 95 serving nearby Gateway Town Center. The state road ends at State Road 122 (Golfair Boulevard), just east of Exit 355. SR 115 (Lem Turner Road) continues northwest to Riverview, College Park, Garden City and I-295. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Unmarked along I-95 south, SR 115 south accompanies the freeway for 1.6 miles to U.S. 1 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. Originating in Callahan at U.S. 1 & 23, SR 115 runs 37.17 miles overall. Within Jacksonville, the state road follows Arlington Expressway east and Southside Boulevard south to conclude at U.S. 1 in Greenland. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 south reaches the departure ramp for SR 115 (Lem Turner Road) and SR 117 (Norwood Avenue). Norwood Avenue passes through the Norwood neighborhood to Brentwood Avenue. SR 115 originally followed SR 117 south and Woodbine Street east to U.S. 17. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 & Florida 115 south
Interchange sequence sign outlining the succeeding ramps for Florida 122 (Exit 355), U.S. 1 (Exits 354B/A) and 8th Street (Exit 353D). I-95 crosses Moncrief Creek here. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Passing over a CSX Railroad line (part of the former Everett Subdivision line), I-95 south approaches the diamond interchange with Golfair Boulevard (Florida 122 east). Photo taken 03/03/13.
Golfair Boulevard stems east from Moncrief Road and 34th Street at Moncrief Park to cross I-95 en route to Pearl and 27th Streets in the Brentwood neighborhood. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Southbound I-95 at Exit 355 for Golfair Boulevard. SR 122 runs 1.07 miles east from Interstate 95 to U.S. 17 (Main Street) along Golfair Boulevard and 27th Street. West from the freeway to Moncrief Road, Golfair Boulevard is a part of unsigned CR 210, which leads northwest 1.97 miles to Royal Terrace and SR 111 (Edgewood Avenue). Photo taken 03/03/13.
Continuing south from the Golfair Boulevard (SR 122) underpass, I-95 passes through a residential street grid and next meets U.S. 1 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway) at a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 354). Photo taken 03/03/13.
U.S. 1 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway) north follows a surface expressway 2.5 miles west from I-95 to U.S. 23 north. The Jacksonville AMTRAK station lies a short distance further via U.S. 1/23 north to Clifford Lane west. The diagrammatic sign for systems interchange (Exit 352D) with Interstate 10 west was replaced in 2015 with an arrow per lane (APL) sign. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 354B departs Interstate 95 south for U.S. 1 (MLK Parkway) north. Leading northwest from Grand Park in Jacksonville, U.S. 1 and 23 overlap for 107 miles to Alma, Georgia, where the two split for Augusta and Macon respectively. Photo taken 03/03/13.
A loop ramp joins I-95 south with U.S. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway) south. The limited-access highway becomes U.S. 1 Alternate east of Main Street (U.S. 17) en route to the Hart Bridge Expressway. Although not signed, Florida 115 also follows the freeway loop from Exit 354A to the John E. Mathews Bridge. Photo taken 03/03/13.
U.S. 1 follows Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway east for less than a mile, combining with U.S. 17 south along Main Street to the Jacksonville CBD. U.S. 1 Alternate constitutes a loop encircling central Jacksonville south to Emerson Street and U.S. 1 at South Riverside. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 south
I-95 south spans a CSX Railroad line stemming from Grand Crossing by this reassurance marker. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Though not signed along southbound Interstate 95, forthcoming 8th Street doubles as Florida 114 for 0.584 miles between Payne Avenue and Boulevard Street. Photo taken 03/03/13.
The auxiliary lane from U.S. 1 drops at Exit 353D to 8th Street (SR 114). 8th Street east connects I-95 with UF Health Jacksonville medical center and the Springfield neighborhood. 8th Street continues west to Myrtle Avenue in the Mid-Westside community. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Two lanes separate for a c/d roadway leading to Interstate 10 west beyond the on-ramp from Adams Street in one mile. Interstate 95 south turns east at the high-speed interchange locally known as the "The Big I" to cross the St. Johns River via the Fuller Warren Bridge. Photo taken 03/03/13.
The ensuing ramp (Exit 353C) departs Interstate 95 south for U.S. 23 north. U.S. 23 follows Kings Road northwest from the freeway between Mid Westside and College Gardens to Grand Park and U.S. 1 north. Exit 353B to Union Street links with U.S. 17-23 south to Main Street (U.S. 1) at Downtown and parallel U.S. 90 (Beaver Street). Photo taken 03/14/10.
Beaver Street (U.S. 90) can also be accessed from I-95 via Eaverson Street from U.S. 23 (Kings Road) north. Edward Waters College is located along U.S. 23 one mile northwest from Exit 353C. Photo taken 03/03/13.
A pedestrian overpass at 3rd Street spans Interstate 95 south ahead of the back to back ramps for U.S. 23. Florida State College lies a half mile east along State Street (U.S. 17 south & U.S. 23 north) between Pearl and Laura Streets. Union Street east is the preferred route from I-95 south to the Jacksonville Sports Complex, consisting of TIAA Bank Field (home of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise), Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville (home of the Jacksonville Suns Minor League Baseball team). Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 south reaches Exit 353C to U.S. 23 (Kings Road) north. Overall, the US highway travels 1,435 miles from Jacksonville to I-75 at Mackinaw City, Michigan. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 353B departs for Union Street (U.S. 17 & 23) east to Downtown. Although unmarked along I-95, U.S. 17 south & SR 228 west combine with the freeway from State Street south to I-10 west (Exit 352D). U.S. 17 & SR 228 were realigned onto I-95 and I-10 in 2006, as FDOT relinquished maintenance of the former route across the Avondale and Brooklyn neighborhoods. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 17 south
The subsequent ramp (Exit 353A) lowers to the intersection of Church and Cleveland Streets, connecting I-95 with parallel Myrtle Avenue. Forsyth Street stems east from Myrtle Avenue to the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1000 Water Street) and the Jacksonville CBD. Photo taken 03/03/13.
A left side entrance ramp joins I-95 south from U.S. 90 (Beaver Street) east ahead of the separation with the c/d roadway (Exit 352D) for Interstate 10 west & U.S. 17 south. Exit 352A (Forest Street) departs from the I-95 mainline to Riverside Avenue and the Convention Center a half mile beyond the traffic split. Photo taken 03/03/13.
The Big I project, underway from February 2005 to a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 17, 2011, upgraded the 1950s designed exchange joining Interstates 95 and 10 into a high speed systems interchange. Costing $154 million, the project involved work on 17 separate bridges and 21 ramps.10 Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 95 south
Exit 352A to Forest Street partitions from I-95 south just beyond the Myrtle Avenue steel arch bridge. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Originally constructed in 1955, the 1,430 feet long Myrtle Avenue bridge11 carries mainline I-95 across Myrtle Avenue and CSX and Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway tracks. Photo taken 03/03/13.
The Myrtle Avenue Bridge was expanded in 1991 with c/d roadways in both directions. The outer roadways were used periodically during traffic shifts for both Forest Street and Interstate 95 south during the 2005-11 Big I Project. Photo taken 03/03/13.
The c/d roadway for I-10 west & U.S. 17 south partitions with ramps to both Stockton Street (Exit 351C) and return access to I-95 south after the Bay Street entrance ramp. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 352A leaves from the southbound I-95 mainline to Forest Street at the Brooklyn neighborhood. Park Street leads northeast from Forest Street to the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center at the LaVilla community. The succeeding ramp connects with I-10 west for motorists that entered the freeway from U.S. 90 (Beaver Street). Photo taken 03/03/13.
Exit 351C departs for Stockton Street by way of Irene Street west while a slip ramp returns to I-95 south as the freeway turns southeast across the St. Johns River on the Fuller Warren bridge. Photo taken 03/03/13.
The second ramp (Exit 351A) leaves Interstate 95 south for I-10 west. Lake City is located 59 miles to the west in Columbia County at the cross roads with I-75. Traversing the width of the U.S. to Santa Monica, Califonria, I-10 runs along the upper Gulf Coast west from the Big Bend of Florida to Tallahassee, Pensacola, Mobile, Biloxi-Gulfport and New Orleans. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Big I project improvements smoothed the sharp curve along I-95 at I-10 and eliminated left side ramps. The southbound ramp to Margaret Street (Exit 351A) was also removed to make way for the slip ramp from the I-10 c/d roadway. The systems interchange earned the 2011 People's Choice Award in October 2011.7 Photo taken 03/03/13.


 

Sources:

  1. The Everett Subdivision - http://www.abandonedrails.com/Everett_Subdivision/, Abandonded Rails
  2. Duval County, Florida - Wikipedia.
  3. State Road A1A/State Road 200 DDI I-95 Reconstruction Project. Northeast Florida Roads (Florida Department of Transportation) District 2 web site.
  4. Pecan Park Road (S.R. 243) Reconstruction and Widening from I-95 to Lexington Park Boulevard. Northeast Florida Roads (Florida Department of Transportation) District 2 web site.
  5. "The road to his dream is about to get wider Expanding Duval Road to 4 lanes will open up developer's plans for area." The Florida Times-Union, July 31, 2011.
  6. "Flyover to ease Northside commute The new ramp offers a two-lane exit from I-95 that will open Tuesday." The Florida Times-Union, August 23, 2010.
  7. "'The Big I' Earns Big Transportation Award." FirstCoastNews, October 19, 2011.
  8. "More road projects in the works for Northeast Florida One is on the Northside, one on the Westside, the other on U.S. 301." The Florida Times-Union, February 21, 2013.
  9. "Trout River Span Opens." The Florida Times-Union, March 7, 2005.
  10. The Big "I" project web site - http://thebigi.info/, FDOT.
  11. Myrtle Avenue Bridge, bridgehunter.com.


Photo Credits:

03/14/10, 03/03/13, 01/03/14, 10/13/14 by AARoads

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Interstate 10
Interstate 295 - East and West Beltway
U.S. 1
U.S. 17
U.S. 23
Florida 102
Florida 115

Page Updated 10-30-2018.