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St. Augustine beltway project moves forward despite opposition

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Updated: 1/20 9:07 pm

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Transportation has begun acquiring right of way for the planned State Road 313 project in St. Johns County. Some who live near the proposed route oppose the project.

"Definitely I'm worried about whether it's going to disrupt the community and the neighborhood and add a lot more traffic and noise,” said Mike Spaid, who lives in the Mission Trace subdivision.

State Road 313 would eventually link U.S. 1 north of the St. Augustine Airport to the intersection of State Road 312 and State Road 207 in the southern part of St. Augustine. Work would begin on the southern portion first. Neighbors in the area are skeptical.

“It just seems from everything I've seen, it doesn't seem to be supported very well by those who are proposing it,” Spaid said.

County Commissioner Ron Sanchez said he has heard from the neighbors in the Mission Trace subdivision but disagrees with their concerns.

“It's too bad to me that it isn't already finished. I think it's something that would be good for our area,” Sanchez said.

He stresses the project is needed based on growth in the county, as evidenced by traffic on U.S. Route 1.

“They decided they had to come up with a way to get traffic around it, because they said that road was going to be deficient and if I remember correctly, by 2007,” Sanchez said. “And I agree with them. During the rush hour, it's already deficient.”

While funding has been obtained for acquiring land, funding for the actual construction work on the project still has to be approved by the Legislature.

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RiverRat - 1/21/2014 11:04 AM
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The land abutting Mission Trace was designated for the beltway long before any homes were built. They should take it up with the developer that sold them the house. "Caveat Emptor"

Posterboi - 1/21/2014 3:21 AM
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Most every growing city has a beltway of some sort. It is better to begin such roadways now, then to wait until congestion becomes so bad that it becomes more difficult to build it later. I would prefer a mass transit system, which would be better and more efficient, less costly for users and might connect with those of adjacent cities like Jacksonville down to Daytona.
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