Florida transportation officials say that they are almost ready to open a new four lane truck route designed to cut down on traffic congestion on U.S. 301.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has confirmed that the Starke Truck Route will be opening sometime in September. The Starke Truck Route has been constructed between County Road 227 and County Road 233 on the west side of Starke, Florida.
The 7.3 mile truck route provides a detour through the city of Starke and transportation officials hope that it will cut down on traffic on U.S. 301. According to FDOT, “the new roadway will consist of two travel lanes in each direction, and overpasses will be constructed over County Road 100A, the CSX Railroad, and County Road 229. Interchanges will be constructed along the new roadway to provide access to State Road 100 and State Road 16.”
Officials expect the Starke Truck Route to carry 25,000 vehicles per day by 2020, and increase to more than 31,000 per day by 2040.
FDOT’s Troy Roberts says that crews are putting the finishing touches on the Starke Truck Route to get it ready to open next month. Roberts told News4Jax that “Right now, our crews are doing some final paving, striping, guardrail. There’s still a little work left to be done. But we’re confident in being able to open the roadway next month so trucks will be able to begin using that and hopefully reducing some of that congestion we see every day on 301.”
Ground was broken on the $90 million project in August of 2016. Transportation officials say that the project has been in the works for more than two decades.
You can click here to learn more about the Starke Truck Route.