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Work begins on new interchange at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and 21st Street

February 15, 2012

Work begins on new interchange at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and 21st Street The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) this week started construction on a new interchange to the Martin Luther King, (MLK) Jr. Parkway and 21st Street/Talleyrand Avenue.

The new interchange will allow for easier access to Jacksonville Port Authority facilities and will improve safety along the MLK Parkway. Traffic will exit MLK Parkway at Phoenix Avenue and directly connect with ramps to the port via 21st Street. Traffic leaving the port will be able to travel to MLK Parkway from 21st Street.

The new interchange will include five new bridges including two over the Talleyrand Terminal Railroad, one over Phoenix Avenue and two new bridges on MLK Parkway over the ramp that connects to 21st Street. The new interchange will be built with stronger concrete pavement and bridges to reduce future maintenance needs.

The work should be finished in late 2013. The contract specifies 695 days to complete the work and will add extra time for weather delays, holidays and unforeseen field conditions. 

The project also involves drainage improvements to the area including six new ponds to collect storm water. Henry L. Brown Kooker Park adjacent to the project will be improved including adding a lighted park and sidewalk entrance.

The construction and design cost is $30.5 million. The FDOT spent $13.1 million to purchase 93 parcels for the project totaling 20.96 acres.

Archer Western Contractors is the contractor on the project. GAI Consultants is the designer. HNTB Corp and the Parsons Transportation Group are providing construction management and inspection services for the FDOT.

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