The $60 million widening of State Road A1A (SR 200) from Rubin Davis Lane to O’Neill Scott Road started in early 2016 and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The 4.9-mile project is the second of a three-phase project to widen A1A from Interstate 95 (I-95) to O’Neill Scott Road.
A1A serves as a critical hurricane evacuation route for the barrier island residents of Amelia Island and nearby Fernandina Beach.
A1A is also part of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System because it connects the Port of Fernandina with I-95. Consequently, this section of A1A carries a heavy volume of truck traffic. Trucks make up as much as 10 percent of the nearly 40,000 vehicles that travel A1A each day, according to the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization.
“Hurricane evacuation and port-to-interstate traffic make this a critical corridor and justifies the investment the state is making on these projects,” said Carrie Smithheart, a project administrator with England, Thims & Miller (ETM), which is providing construction management consultant services for FDOT on the project.
The construction contract was awarded to Superior Construction of Jacksonville.