After 20 years of planning, the Starke Truck Route officially opens

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Starke Truck Route

The week, a new seven-mile long, four lane truck route officially opened in Florida.

On the morning of Friday, September 13, Florida transportation officials officially opened the Starke Truck Route (also known as State Road 223), which is intended to cut down on traffic congestion on U.S. 301.

The new truck stock route is now open! Remember, please drive safely.“We Care!”

Posted by Sheriff Gordon Smith – Bradford County Sheriff on Thursday, September 12, 2019

The $90 million 7.3 mile four lane truck route will allow drivers to bypass Starke and is expected to carry 25,000 vehicles per day by 2020.

There are two exits along the Starke Truck Route that provide access to State Road 100 and State Road 16.

Ground was broken on the project in the summer of 2016. Florida transportation officials say that the project has been in the works for more than two decades.

The Florida Department of Transportation says that crews will continue to complete minor tasks on the Starke Truck Route in the coming weeks.

You can see video of the first few trucks to use the Starke Truck Route below.

Capt. George Konkel, Lt. Kevin Mueller, and Lt. Raymond Shuford escorting the first vehicles on the new Truck Route (SR 223). Truck Route is now open. Please drive safely. “We Care!”

Posted by Sheriff Gordon Smith – Bradford County Sheriff on Thursday, September 12, 2019

You can click here for more information on the Starke Truck Route.

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