|Branan Field Road
Cecil Commerce Center Parkway
First Coast Expressway
|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length:||11.395 mi (18.338 km)|
|South end:||Branan Field Road near Middleburg|
|North end:||in Jacksonville|
State Road 23 (SR 23), also known as the First Coast Expressway, is an outer bypass around the southwest quadrant of Jacksonville. As of 2013 , only 2 miles (3.2 km) of controlled-access expressway and 9 miles (14 km) of temporary surface road have been built, linking the Middleburg area to Interstate 10 near Whitehouse. The ultimate plan is for a $1.8 billion, 46.5 miles (74.8 km), four-lane toll expressway continuing southeast to Green Cove Springs and east to Interstate 95 near the World Golf Village.
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The plans for connecting I-10 to SR 21 (Blanding Blvd) date back to 1979. SR 23 was originally planned as a toll road by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise to meet those plans, but those plans fell through.[when?]
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Clay County worked together to connect Branan Field Road in Clay County and Chaffee Road in Duval County. By 2003, the Duval County section was open, and connected south to Branan Field Road in Clay County. By late 2004, the Clay County section was added. Currently the entire route stretches from I-10 in Jacksonville to a point on Branan Field Road north of Middleburg.
The project was formerly known as the First Coast Outer Beltway and the Branan Field-Chaffee Expressway, but its current name is the First Coast Expressway.
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Funding for the $1.8 billion project will be competitively bid as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) opportunity for private sector businesses. By using a PPP and innovative contracting solutions, the project will be built years earlier than with traditional contracting methods. The awarded contractor(s) will serve as the concessionaire to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the beltway. The Florida Department of Transportation is currently engaging private contractors in a competitive bidding process. The I-595 Corridor Express PPP with I-595 Express LLC was the first of its kind in Florida, opening years ahead of schedule. The beltway is the largest infrastructure project in Florida History.
In early 2011 the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) abandoned the plan to find a private company to build the entire 46.6 mile beltway and just focus on building the 15 mile section between I-10 and SR 21 (Blanding Blvd). This section is partly built and would need flyovers built and widening done for the expressway to be complete. It is expected to cost around $291 million and would be a tollway.
In August 2011, the FDOT announced that the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise will be taking on the $291 million project of turning the 15-mile stretch into a tollway. Construction on the road is expected to begin in 2012 and be open by 2016. As for the remaining 30+ miles of the beltway, the FDOT is still trying to find a private partnership to build that section of the road, but currently none has been found.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), all tolls will be done electronically and compatible with SunPass used in other parts of the state with no toll booths. There will be two exceptions to the tollroad. The 3-mile (4.8 km) section between I-10 and New World Avenue will not be tolled to help promote growth in the Cecil Commerce Center. Also people living around the Shands Bridge area will be exempt from tolls on the Shands Bridge crossing the St. Johns River.
|St. Johns||(SR 9) - Jacksonville, Daytona Beach||future interchange (to be connected with Interstate 795), I-95 exit 333|
|SilverLeaf Plantation||(St. Johns Parkway)||future interchange|
|To / / (Longleaf Pine Parkway)||future interchange|
|St. Johns River||future bridge|
|Clay||(SR 15) - Palatka, Green Cove Springs||future interchange|
|- Penney Farms, Green Cove Springs||future interchange|
|Lake Asbury||(Henley Road)||future interchange|
|(Blanding Boulevard) - Middleburg, Orange Park||future interchange|
|(Old Jennings Road)||future interchange (southbound exit and northbound entrance)|
|Trail Ridge Road||future interchange (southbound exit and northbound entrance)|
|0.000||0.000||south end of state maintenance|
|OakLeaf Plantation||0.197||0.317||Oakleaf Plantation Parkway||future interchange|
|Duval||2.764||4.448||Argyle Forest Boulevard / Oakleaf Plantation Parkway||future interchange|
|Jacksonville||6.380||10.268||(103rd Street) - Macclenny||future interchange|
|6.599||10.620||Chaffee Road (CR 115C north)||to be closed in the future|
|7.798||12.550||(Normandy Boulevard) - FSCJ Cecil Center, Cecil Field, Equestrian Center||future interchange|
|9.202||14.809||New World Avenue - FSCJ Cecil Center, Cecil Field, Equestrian Center||future interchange|
|11.395||18.338||(SR 8) to / - Jacksonville, Lake City||I-10 exit 350|
|(SR 10) - Baldwin, Whitehouse||future interchange|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi