JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- The commute to Jacksonville is seeing new congestion, and there's frustrating irony in the new backup; it's caused by a new traffic pattern that was designed to move traffic along faster- 9B.
For daily commuters like construction hauler Robert Hunter, Highway 9B was supposed to be a big help during rush hour. But this new short has disappointed him.
"How long have we waited on that and now it's just screwed up," he said.
It's driven by one major problem. Lanes on I-295 are now forced to merge with the two lanes on highway 9B, leaving little room for cars to move over.
"Something needs to be done with the right hand side lane there because everybody goes and then they got to stop to get over," said Hunter.
I took hunter's concerns to the DOT. Spokesperson Laurie Sanderson told me it's a problem she's aware of.
"We expected to have some merging issues with I-295," said Sanderson.
She says the DOT has had a fix in the works all along; adding an extra lane to 295 in that area. Because of funding, that phase of the 9B design won't be constructed until 2015.
It's just another waiting period for commuters already sick and tired of waiting in traffic.
"I don't know why they did that," Hunter.
The I-295 expansion in this area is currently in the design phase.