Update on I-10/I-95 Proposed Expansion

The wheels of the transportation bureaucracy appear to turn slowly, and that may be a good thing. It’s a hopeful sign that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is taking residents and business owners seriously about concerns with the proposed I-10/I-95 interchange project.

At the early February public meeting, which approximately 200 attended, concerns were voiced about the effects of previous expansion and the potential impacts of the proposed expansion. Councilman At-Large Robin Lumb consolidated those concerns into a letter, co-signed by eight other council members, and sent it to Greg Evans, FDOT District 2 Secretary in early April.

As of late May, Lumb’s office had not received a formal response to that letter, other than acknowledgement of receipt.
When asked about the progress of the proposed project, James Knight, Project Development Engineer for FDOT, stated “The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is refining the interchange concepts and studying issues raised at the February meeting.  FDOT anticipates holding the next public meeting to present updated concepts and address issues raised at the February meeting in late summer.”

• Summary of concerns
Lumb’s letter to the FDOT included issues such as considering an underpass as an alternative to the proposed US-17 flyover; mitigation of negative impacts, both past and anticipated, which includes noise walls, less intrusive lights, and the elimination of the retention pond under I-95 between Park and College streets; and inclusion of a shared-use path if the FDOT deems it necessary to widen the Fuller Warren Bridge.
Stay tuned to The Resident and our website at residentnews.net for details about the forthcoming meeting.

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