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Branan-Field Chaffee Expressway

First Coast Expressway /BFC / First Coast Expressway (North Segment) (Branan Field Chaffee Express)

FAQ

Where will the interchanges be built?
Where will the overpasses be built?
Aren’t portions of the roadway already four lanes?
What is a limited access highway?
What portion of the roadway will be tolled?
When will tolls start being collected?
Wont tolls cause congestion?
What will the toll be?
Under what circumstances could these toll rates be raised?
Can I get a discount on the toll if I am a frequent traveler?
What are the free routes which motorists can use to avoid paying tolls?
Where is the money coming from to build this road?
How does the toll bonding/construction cost funding system work?


Where will the interchanges be built?
For the segment between Interstate 10 and north of Argyle Forest Boulevard, interchanges will be constructed at New World Avenue, Normandy Boulevard (State Road 228) and 103rd Street (State Road 134).
For the segment from north of Argyle Forest Boulevard to Blanding Boulevard, interchanges will be constructed at Argyle Forest Boulevard, Oakleaf Plantation Pkwy, the frontage roads, and Blanding Boulevard (State Road 21).
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Where will the overpasses be built?
For the segment between Interstate 10 and north of Argyle Forest Boulevard, bridges will be constructed at New World Avenue, Normandy Boulevard (State Road 228) and 103rd Street (State Road 134).
For the segment from north of Argyle Forest Boulevard to Blanding Boulevard, bridges will be constructed at Argyle Forest Boulevard, Double Branch Slough, Oakleaf Plantation Parkway, Trail Ridge Road and Old Jennings Road.
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Aren’t portions of the roadway already four lanes?
Yes, State Road 23 is already four-laned from Interstate 10 to New World Avenue and from 103rd Street (SR 134) to Argyle Forest Boulevard. These sections will be resurfaced and will tie in with the newly constructed roadway. Once finished, the entire stretch of roadway from Interstate 10 to Blanding Boulevard (State Road 21) will be a four lane, limited access expressway.
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What is a limited access highway?
A limited access highway only allows the public and motorist access to the roadway at interchanges with entrance and exit ramps.
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What portion of the roadway will be tolled?
Signs stating Future Toll Road SR 23 have been placed on SR 23 (Branan Field-Chaffee Road / Cecil Commerce Center Parkway) to inform the public of the Florida Department of Transportations (FDOT) plans to toll this section of roadway in the future. This roadway is part of a planned larger expressway project known as the First Coast Expressway (FCE). The FCE will be a toll facility from I-95 in St. Johns County to I-10 in Duval County. The mainline of the FCE will be tolled; however, the existing road from SR 21 to Oakleaf Plantation Parkway will become a non-tolled frontage road. Tolling this new facility will allow the project to be built much sooner. The planned tolling will not begin until the corridor is being four-laned with new interchanges under construction from at least SR-21 to I-10. This conversion is not anticipated to be completed for several years. For additional project information and updates on the project schedule, please visit the FCE project website at FirstCoastExpressway.com or send an e-mail to FCOB@dot.state.fl.us.
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When will tolls start being collected?
Tolls will start being collected once the segment of roadway from north of Argyle Forest Boulevard and Blanding Boulevard is constructed.
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Wont tolls cause congestion?
The Toll-23 (first portion of the First Coast Expressway) corridor will not have conventional toll collection plazas. There will be no stopping or slowing to pay tolls. All toll collection will be electronic, using the states prepaid SunPass service or a license plate photo option called TOLL-BY-PLATE. SunPass reader equipment will be mounted overhead on structures spanning over the highway lanes. There will be one of these automated tolling facilities between each pair of interchange access points. For those vehicles equipped with SunPass, their toll amount will be automatically deducted from their prepaid account when they pass under the SunPass reader equipment at normal highway speeds.

For vehicles without SunPass, special camera equipment on the overhead gantries will record a photo of the license plate and a monthly invoice will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, including a $2.50 monthly administration fee.
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What will the toll be?
The opening day tolls are estimated as follows:

First Coast Outer Expressway Estimated Toll Charges
Segment Start-Up Toll Charge
From To 2-Axle 3-Axle 4-Axle 5-Axle Add Axle
New World Ave Interstate 10 No Toll No Toll No Toll No Toll No Toll
Normandy Blvd New World Ave $0.20 $0.40 $0.60 $0.80 $0.20
103rd Street Normandy Blvd $0.20 $0.40 $0.60 $0.80 $0.20
Argyle Forest Blvd 103rd Street $0.60 $1.20 $1.80 $2.40 $0.60
Oakleaf Plantation
Pkwy
Argyle Forest Blvd $0.60 $1.20 $1.80 $2.40 $0.60
Blanding Blvd/Old
Jennings Rd
Oakleaf Plantation
Pkwy
$0.60 $1.20
$1.80 $2.40 $0.60

Under what circumstances could these toll rates be raised?
Toll rates will be adjusted annually for inflation, using the Consumer Price Index. This is in keeping with a 2007 law passed by the Florida Legislature.
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Can I get a discount on the toll if I am a frequent traveler?
At present, there is no plan for a frequent user discount. However, SunPass toll rates will be approximately 25 percent lower than TOLL-BY-PLATE.
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What are the free routes which motorists can use to avoid paying tolls?
Branan Field Road, OakLeaf Plantation Parkway, Old Middleburg Road, Chaffee Road and I-295 will all remain as free parallel north/south corridors.

Once tolls are in place, the trip from I-10 to New World Avenue and reverse will be toll free. This allows access to Cecil Commerce Center from I-10 without paying a toll. Also, between Old Jennings Road and Oakleaf Plantation Parkway, frontage roads are being constructed to maintain local access. These frontage roads will not be tolled.
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Where is the money coming from to build this road?
The entire project, except the frontage roads, will be funded by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise.
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How does the toll bonding/construction cost funding system work?
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise borrows money with the toll revenues from this project as well as the entire Turnpike system as collateral for repayment of the debt. Due to Florida Turnpike Enterprises excellent record of delivering toll projects, the interest rate on the debt is very low.

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