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First Coast commuters complain about bumpy drive on Interstate 95

6:21 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tired of that bumpy commute on Interstate 95?  It will soon get smoother. Crews are working to make improvements on the highway, but it's creating a bumpy ride.

There are two stretches of this project. One will be done by this summer, the other at the end of 2014. 

Bob Bewsee knows the bumps in the road all too well. He drives every week day from his home in St. Augustine to his office at the Federal Building in Downtown Jacksonville. 

"It gets hazardous," he said. To make it even more of a challenge, Bewsee commutes on his motorcycle. 

"You try and get a good lane position, and of course all the other speeding cars are trying to get around you and they don't care how bumpy it is and I do," he said.

A spokesman with the Florida Department of Transportation told us crews are fixing cracks in the concrete on I-95. They work overnight, not to disrupt daytime traffic, and it's a time-consuming process of individually patching each crack, then grinding the patch down to create a smooth ride. Something that takes time because of the all the patches.

Leaving people like Bewsee and many other drivers using extra caution. 

"Some segments are very uncomfortable due to the bumps," commuter Robert Gjonbrekaj said. 

This project stretches from Atlantic all the way south of Greenland Road on 95. The cost is just under $32 million. Florida Department of Transportation crews say it will be a smooth ride when they are done.

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