Florida State Road 9B provides a cut-off between I-95 in northern St. Johns County and the Interstate 295 East Beltway at Southside Jacksonville. Opening up additional land for development, including Durbin Pavillion and the Batram Park Preserve subdivision, the commuter freeway also spurs south from I-95 to St. Johns Parkway.
Discussion in 2012 included the possibility of resigning SR 9B as Interstate 795 upon completion of the link with I-95.1 That will not be the case until FDOT District Two submits a formal application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Interstate status along the entire SR 9B freeway.2
Construction of the I-295 Express Lanes from I-95 to SR 202 (J. Turner Butler / JTB Boulevard) modifies the northern exchange connecting SR 9B with the East Beltway. Work adds a new overpass and ramp from SR 9B to the northbound express lanes and rebuilds the SR 9B southbound ramp from I-295 to accommodate a third lane for the express lanes. The I-295 Express Lanes project started in Summer 2016 and runs through mid to late 2019.
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 on 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
Extending SR 9B southward to County Road 2209 (St. Johns Parkway), Phase 3 started on September 8, 2015. The $79.76 million project included construction of a single point urban interchange (SPUI) with Peyton Parkway, a new one mile connector linking SR 9B with Race Track Road. The 2.3 mile segment of SR 9B was fully opened to traffic in August 2018.
North End – Jacksonville, FL
South End – St. Johns, FL
Mileage – 8.3
Cities – Jacksonville
Source: FDOT District 2 – Active Projects web site
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
Roadway stubs were incorporated into the design of Interstate 295 (then SR 9A) for the eventual ramps with SR 9B. Photo taken by Daniel Davis (10/20/02).