This report is from Day 1 of a trip from Mayport, FL back to Norfolk, VA, on August 4, 2003.
Hi gang. For those of you following my exploits as of late, one might wonder
about the title. Well, to make a long story short, the ship I'm on pulled into
Mayport, FL today, and will be inport for a week-and-a-half or so. I burned a
bridge or two and managed to finagle a "temporary duty" run back to Norfolk.
Here's the "run" thus far:
- Managed to get my rental car (Enterprise has an office on-base, but they've been busy, thanks to some of my shipmates) around 4pm....packed and on the road at 6pm.
- The FL A1A/FL 10 junction is an odd sort....from what I saw (SB A1A to WB 10), it looks like a SPUI with an EB-NB flyover ramp added.
- While traveling the FL 10 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (6 lanes on 2 structures), I noticed that there's a new bridge going up over the Intracoastal Waterway about 2-3 miles further north. Any of the Jacksonville types know what this is for?
- Hopped onto FL 9A for the run around Jacksonville itself. Was somewhat surprised to see that it's only 4 lanes for the most part. The bridge (and a nice cable-stayed one at that) over the St. John's River is striped for 6 lanes, but has substandard shoulder widths at that cross-section.
- The 65 MPH speed limit on FL 9A was a plus, as was the many 6-lane sections on I-95 north of Jacksonville and through Florida.
- Semi-interesting note: the I-95 mainline lanes between I-295/FL 9A and the Airport exit are in concrete, but virtually everything else in FL was asphalt...
- For those who have traveled I-95 through Georgia recently: did any of you notice that the overpasses on the widened portions are wide enough to carry 4 lanes each way plus full shoulders? I found that curiously interesting. The only exception to that was the section between Richmond Hill and I-16.
- Exit 6 doesn't show up on the former-NG/now-American road atlas...
- From about MP 21 up to Exit 29 was down to 4 lanes (and an annoying 55 MPH speed limit) for some sort of resurfacing project.
- Do any of the Georgia types know when GaDOT plans on widening I-95 near and north of Brunswick? (Exit 29 to Exit 58). This is the only Georgia section of I-95 that isn't 6 lanes or under construction to become 6 lanes.
- A brief (3-4 miles maybe) 6-lane section exists from Exit 58 north. North of this point is a long section under construction for widening. A 5-6 mile stretch south of Richmond Hill looks like it's been completed recently.
- Somewhat disappointed to see that the I-16/I-95 junction is a standard cloverleaf.
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