The Interstate 95 (I-95) at U.S. 1 interchange (exit 273) is in the City of Ormond Beach in northeast Volusia County, Florida, between the I-95 at State Road (S.R.) 40/Granada Boulevard interchange to the south and the I-95 at County Road (C.R.) 2002/Old Dixie Highway interchange to the north. Currently, the entrance/exit ramps for this interchange are on the north side of U.S. 1, which is in part due to the proximity of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway line on the south side of U.S. 1. This Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study will evaluate the transportation demand and alternatives to address the project need.
The need for the project is based on safety, transportation demand, and economic development.
· Safety: The I-95 at U.S. 1 interchange has a higher than average rate of safety incidents and between 2012-2016 had 797 crashes, with 20 fatalities. Each of the existing loop ramp have configurations that require a low design speed, which, in turn, causes safety concerns when merging onto or exiting from the higher speed interstate.
· Transportation Demand: Currently, the I-95 southbound ramp intersection with U.S. 1 operates below the minimum level of service for this type of facility. Future growth is expected to increase transportation demand resulting in reduced level of service of the remaining intersections.
· Economic Development: This interchange is located in a strategic area of Volusia County and provides access to a major regional tourist destination. Destination Daytona is one of the major destinations for year-round and special events related to Biketoberfest, Bike Week, Daytona International Speedway events and other outdoor entertainment activities. Additionally, there are planned mixed-use developments adjacent to the interchange which will place increased demands on the transportation network along the US 1 corridor and on the interchange. There is a total of 4,870,000 square feet of non-residential land uses and 2,950 residential dwelling units in the Ormond Crossings Master Development Plan.
Several interchange improvement alternatives will be evaluated.