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First Coast Expressway

First Coast Expressway / About the Project

About the Project

About this project:

Construction on the northwestern, first segment of the FCE (Blanding Boulevard/SR 21 in Clay County north to I-10/US 90 in Duval County) began in 2013 and should be completed in its entirety in early 2019, with tolling set to begin early 2019. Pictured here in green, this FCE segment is comprised of three projects currently under construction: US 90 (Beaver Street) Extension, I-10 to Argyle Forest, and Argyle Forest to SR 21. The combined construction cost of these three initial FCE projects is approximately $208 million.

The central, second segment of the FCE project involves new roadway from Blanding Boulevard/SR 21 in Middleburg running south and then east through Green Cove Springs and includes a new bridge over Black Creek near the Byron Road/Lake Asbury community. This segment is shown in yellow on the map.

The second segment is being divided into two separate projects:

  • The north project, which runs from north of SR 16 to north of SR 21, will be built by Sacyr Construction at a cost of $230 million. Construction is expected to begin in February 2019 and be completed in 2025, weather and schedule permitting
  • The south project, which runs from east of CR 209 to north of SR 16, will be built by Superior Construction at a cost of $180 million. Construction is expected to begin in March 2019 and be completed in 2026, weather and schedule permitting

The southeastern, third segment of the FCE (new bridge over the St. Johns River where Shands Bridge currently stands and connection to I-95 in St. Johns County) is expected to begin construction in 2023 at a cost of $763 million (see red shaded area on map). The new bridge over the St. Johns River will increase vertical clearance to 65 feet from the current 45 feet to accommodate additional shipping traffic. To view details related to the exact route of this third segment and others, please refer to the PIM Maps found on the Documents & Publications page of this website.

Sara Pleasants
Senior Public Information Specialist

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