The newly widened Alta Drive at the Faye Road intersection. | JTAThe newly widened Alta Drive at the Faye Road intersection. | JTA
The newly widened Alta Drive at the Faye Road intersection. | JTA

Alta Drive widening project done on growing Northside

Published on October 24, 2023 at 12:13 pm

An almost $21 million project to widen Alta Drive on the city’s Northside is done, giving residents a new divided thoroughfare.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority held the official ribbon cutting for the MobilityWorks project early on Tuesday at the 2-mile-long section of roadway from just south of Faye Road north to Burkit Lane.

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Florida Department of Transportation figures show an average 3,400 vehicles a day travel that stretch of Alta Drive just north of Interstate 295, past multiple subdivisions and business parks. The roadway has also become a popular route to newer subdivisions in the city’s Northside off I-295.

An FDOT aerial image shows the divided median, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and other changes made on Alta Drive. | JTA

The JTA widened the 2-lane road into a six-lane, divided route from I-295 to Faye Road. The widening was limited to a 4-lane divided roadway north to Ashgrove Road, then a five-lane roadway to Burkit Lane.

The project also features bicycle lanes, sidewalks and a closed drainage system. An upgraded traffic signal was also added at Faye and Misty Marsh Drive.

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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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