Construction began November 14, 2011 to add two lanes to U.S. 301 in Duval and Nassau counties. The limits in Duval County begin just north of Baldwin and end at the Nassau County line, a total of 2.3 miles. The limits within Nassau County are between the Duval County line and Pickett Road in Callahan, a total of 15 miles.
Included in the construction is the replacement of 11 bridges in six locations in Nassau County. These bridges include the railroad overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, the south and north Brandy Branch Creek bridges, the Thomas Creek bridge, the Funks Branch Creek bridge and Funks Creek bridge.
At five of the locations, two, 2-laned structures are being constructed/reconstructed including the railroad overpass south of Thomas Creek in Nassau County. Funks Creek Branch Bridge is the only bridge being built as one bridge. Once complete, Funks Creek Branch will be one individual bridge with two lanes in both directions and will include left turn lanes for Higginbotham Road just south of the bridge and Sandy Ford Road just north of the bridge. Sections of the historic railing on the railroad bridge are being removed and delivered to the West Nassau Historical Society.
Detention ponds will also be constructed along this U.S. 301 corridor, 17 in Nassau County and two in Duval County. Detention ponds are intended as dry ponds where water will not remain or exist permanently.
The flashing signal currently at Otis Road/County Road 119 has been removed to allow for construction. This signal will not be reinstalled after the four laning project is complete.
This project is being constructed as a design-build project where the design firm, Horizon Engineering Group of Orlando, and the contractor, Anderson Columbia Company of Lake City, team up to complete design plans and construct the project. The cost for the design and construction of this project is $67 million. This project was completed in September 2015.
Roads: U.S. 301
Counties: Duval, Nassau