The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working on a project study to evaluate alternatives that would alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety at the intersection of Race Track Road and US 1, also known as Philips Highway.
The intersection, which is at the Duval County and St. Johns County line, has been the center of heavy congestion during peak hours, according to FDOT.
According to FDOT, the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study is specifically looking into possible changes that could improve safety and traffic flow such as median openings, interchanges, driveway openings and traffic signals.
In 2023, News4JAX talked to several residents in the Wells Creek subdivision who described this intersection as a “daily headache.” They also said there are constant crashes in the area and they hope a traffic light will solve that problem.
FDOT’s presentation on the project study mentions these improvements are necessary as the area’s population keeps growing.
The population of St. Johns County has been increasing and is projected to increase from 190,039 in 2010 to 422,755 in 2045. This growth will result in busier roads, including this intersection, FDOT said.