Pablo Road Bridge Rebuilt, Reopened

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- After nearly a year of detours, residents around Pablo Road can once again use the bridge to cross the canal.

The Pablo Road Bridge over the Ponte Vedra Canal had been closed for reconstruction since summer 2010.

The original bridge was a timber structure built in 1978.

The replacement, at a cost of $787,536 provided by the federal government, is a two-lane concrete bridge.

While minor cleanup remains, the bridge reopened to traffic this afternoon.

FDOT St. Johns Weekly Traffic Advisory, March 25

The following is a list of roadwork underway by FDOT that may impact traffic in St. Johns county March 26 through April 1. 

Fuel Price Brief for the Week of March 20

The national average price of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.54 per gallon, once-cent less than last week. Florida’s average price of $3.56 and Tennessee’s average price of $3.40 both decreased 2 cents from last week. While Georgia’s average price of $3.45 decreased 4 cents from last week, respectively.

Florida Average Gas Price Up 16 Cents

As unrest in the Mideast and Libya continued to escalate last week, so did the price of crude oil. For the first time since September of 2008, the price of oil closed above $100 a barrel.

Protests in Libya continue to cause concern the unrest will spread to larger oil producing countries and disrupt oil supply. In addition, reports showing the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, the lowest level since 2009, also drove up the price of oil.

St. Johns Weekly Traffic Advisory, March 4th

The following is a list of roadwork underway by FDOT that may impact traffic in Putnam and St. Johns counties March 5 through March 11. 

Gas Price Jump Affects County Cars Too

Gas Price Jump Affects County Cars Too

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Gas prices are tanking almost everyone's budgets this month, but St. Johns County officials said Thursday they are right on track.

The county's budget office planned to spend $1.6 million on fuel in 2011. It budgeted $1.4 million in 2010. 

The county buys gas wholesale and its fleet cars fill up at one of multiple county-run pumps in the area.

Fleet manager Mike Grace said it takes about two weeks for big jumps in gas prices to impact the county's rate.

However, they buy in bulk and do not have to pay many of the taxes regular consumers have to shell out extra money for at the gas station.

Grace said in recent years the county reduced the amount of driving employees do and has implemented a system of creating its own biodiesel to save money.

 "I think it's a matter of sometimes thinking outside of the box," Grace explained.

Intracoastal Waterway Project Completed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has completed work on a $6 million project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, to restore a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway to its authorized dimensions and prepare for future maintenance dredging events.