The 2009 “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (ARRA) funded federal infrastructure projects across the US. The first phase of SR 9B was one of the largest funded by ARRA. This State Road now connects the counties of Duval and St. Johns, and runs as a 4-lane, divided highway from CR 2209 to SR 9A (I-295 Outer Beltway).
The purpose of the first phase was to add a leg on the south end of SR 9A, that would act as a shortcut to US 1. This phase included over 1.3 million-cubic-yards of embankment, two interchanges (one on either end of 9B), 13 bridges, and over 3 miles of new concrete pavement with its accompanying drainage, and water and sewer relocations.
The second phase ($94 Million) connected US 1 to a system-to-system interchange with I-95. This construction was accelerated by a Public-Private Partnership between the FDOT and the Design-Build Team that included a 5-year finance component for the 3-year project. The phase included eight bridges and interchanges and over 30-lane-miles of pavement.
While the first two phases provided a shortcut from US 1 to SR 9A and alleviated traffic from the I-95 and I-295 Interchange, the third phase was the most anticipated and sought-after leg of the corridor. Northern St. Johns County now has significantly better access to both I-95 and SR 9A, making it easier to get to major destinations and giving them a faster route to Downtown Jacksonville.