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FDOT plans to make changes to dangerous curve

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Updated: 6/17/2013 11:13 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Frightening crashes into a deep retention pond all in one short month. Those who drive past it every day call the waters near the I-295 and Philips Highway interchange a "death trap."

"When you're getting off the exits, especially that morning when traffic
is backed up, you really can't see it. It's like a blind spot," said local driver David Echevaria. He drives on what he calls the dangerous curve six days a week. He says he doesn't feel safe.

"Definitely something needs to be done," he said.

FHP tells Action News that it agrees. Since 2011, FHP has documented 37 crashes in the area, three of those involved a car landing in the pond.

"You have a curve you have to negotiate, coupled with a retention pond without a barrier," said Sgt. Joel Johnson, FHP spokesman. "That can be a major issue."

Action News reached out to FDOT to find out how many more crashes need to happen at this area before it takes action. FDOT says Friday's incident was the last straw.

"I want to make sure everyone is safe using the state highway system, so we'll definitely look at it," said DOT spokeswoman Gina Busscher.

FDOT is considering changing the exit.

"There's definitely some things that we can look at such as guard rails, delineators or those reflective posts. We can even look at the possibility of reducing the speed limit," Busscher said.

It's a relief for drivers like Echevaria who have to take the exit to get to work and to get home to family nearly every day.

"You never know if it could be you or it could be my wife and the kids. You never know. It's pretty scary," he said.
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imtellin - 6/15/2013 5:18 AM
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timmy,, it's the eastbound exit off I-295 for phillips highway, just east of I-95...it's the exit on northbound I-295

imtellin - 6/15/2013 5:16 AM
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yeah well how about all the millions who maintain control of their vehicle & don't go playing diver dan.. want a quick fix ?? place some precast jersy barriers along the outside curve of the exit & remember that i said quick, not pretty... then the state can build a concrete retaining wall .. of course if folks simply were doing the posted speed limit for the exit, they wouldn't have a problem.. can't fix stupid..

Timm Obi - 6/15/2013 2:31 AM
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I guess it is too much to ask that a map be provided for a story like this. If people who travel there everyday find it a hazard, what about the people who have no idea where it is located and end up there for some reason. It seems like all Action News cares about is sound bites to sell advertising instead of really helpful information for the public.
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