#AskJAXTDY | Are these traffic lights in Jax Beach ever turning on? 

Published on March 16, 2023 at 2:13 pm

Jacksonville Today newsletter reader Marla P. has questions about some traffic lights on 3rd Street North in Jacksonville Beach. They look completely installed, including revamped curbs and pedestrian crossings. Yet, they have yet to become operational. Most notably, she said, the light at 15th Avenue has been seemingly complete since last fall. 

If that crossing light were active, she says, “Pedestrians walking from the beach to Metro Diner would not have to take their lives in their hands every time they try to ‘shoot the gap’ to cross four lanes of traffic!” 

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Why the months-long delay?

The answer: Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Daryl Goss says the “operational and pedestrian-improvements project” is active and work is ongoing. As is sometimes the case with road construction, Goss says, the project has encountered unforeseen circumstances due to industry-wide shortages of materials.

Still on the to-do list: coordinating with Beaches Energy to “energize” the signals and lighting; installing remaining signal components; and final paving and striping.

FDOT expects the project to be complete in spring 2023, “weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting,” of course.

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author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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