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Action News investigates another crash at JTB and Hodges

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Updated: 8/21/2013 7:00 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was another hazardous day for drivers on Butler Boulevard at Hodges Boulevard.

Less than 24 hours after Action News reported a six-car pileup, another crash occurred Wednesday at the same exit.

"JTB is a nightmare right now," said Dickie Thomas.

Thomas drives JTB every day. But Wednesday's morning commute had him fed up. Two days in a row, he said, he's witnessed crashes in the same spot -- just before the Hodges eastbound exit. He says the construction at that exit is to blame.

"There was a five-car pileup yesterday, and this morning, two more. Ambulance, fire trucks, I'm sick of it," said Thomas.

The Department of Transportation said the construction is underway to cut down on congestion by adding an additional exit lane.

But Robert Gutcher said right now, it's causing more harm than good.

"They've narrowed the lane down so much where it's one lane, but you don't even have a whole lane anymore," he said.

Action News went to the Florida Highway Patrol to get the hard facts. There have been 51 crashes at that intersection so far this year. There were 79 reported for 2012. FHP said most occurred between 7-8 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Action News learned most citations were for careless driving, following too closely, violation of right of way and violation of a traffic control device.

Bill Bishop, with AAA, said the new construction zone there may cause the numbers to keep climbing.

"The risk and the dangers are compounded in any construction zone. In most of them you have a lower speed limit, so it's starts to become bumper-to-bumper traffic," he said.

Thomas said after seeing the problems this project is causing, he wants the DOT to do more to alert drivers.

"They should tell people, 'slow down,' or give us some warning ahead of time that this is coming up the road," Thomas said.

That's something DOT said it is evaluating to see what signage is in place and if there is a need for more.

Action News also looked into the construction zone rules. DOT said as long as there's no lane closure, they aren't required to have an officer on hand, and no lanes are closed at Hodges.

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whosaysnocan - 8/22/2013 6:10 AM
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It is the aggressive inconsiderate drivers that leads to the crashes. No matter what is done there will always be those drivers that will cause the problems. This happens across this city every morning and afternoon. Cannot change these drivers attitude as they believe they are the best drivers & the rest are in their way. Some appear to always be running late and are in a panic that leads to many of the crashes.

c9bcrewman - 8/21/2013 5:28 PM
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probabily speeding, no turn signal's, or cutting someone off. nothing new for people driving these say's. people seem to have a death wish for them or killing some innocent person.
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