As originally proposed, SR 9B was to end at wye interchanges at both ends, with a lone interchange at U.S. 1 (Philips Highway). The diamond interchange with E-Town Parkway was constructed in 2014-15 to accommodate development planned from SR 9B northward to R.G. Skinner Parkway along side I-295. The initial 0.6-mile segment of E-Town parkway precedes work on the 569-lot Cypress Bluff project.3
Florida 9B provides a cut-off between I-95 and the Interstate 295 East Beltway in Southside Jacksonville. The freeway opens up additional land for development and doubles as a commuter route for the fast growing suburbs of northern St. Johns County.
Construction was completed on the first phase of State Road 9B, between U.S. 1 (Philips Highway) and I-295, on September 20, 2013. Work on the initial $75-million segment started in summer 2010. Work commenced on Phase 2 in April 2013. Including the directional cloverleaf interchange with I-95, the $95-million project concluded in June 2016, with the southbound lanes opening to traffic on June 12 and the northbound lanes two days later.
Woohoo! 9B connector from 95 to the 295E beltway is open making an easy commute from Nocatee/CR210 & Jax/JIA airport pic.twitter.com/honhdLleuP
Phase 3 started on September 8, 2015. It extends the freeway southward to County Road 2209 (St. Johns Parkway) and includes a SPUI with the Peyton Parkway, the new Race Track Road Connector. The $79.76-million project runs through summer 2018.
It was thought that signs for SR 9B will be updated to show the route as Interstate 795 upon completion of the link with I-95.1 However signs posted along I-95 only reference SR 9B at this time.2
In a response to an inquiry, FDOT District Two has indicated that once State Road 9B is complete in 2018, they will send a formal application for Interstate status along the entire stretch, using the already approved I-795 designation.4
Southern Terminus - Interstate 95 - near the Duval and Saint Johns county line
State Road 9B ends at Interstate 95 just north of the St. Johns County line amid a number of newer developments.