Traffic task force to present findings at April 25 public meeting


The results of a Ponte Vedra Beach traffic study will be presented at a public “town hall” meeting to be held Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

The Citizens Traffic Task Force (CTTF) will join with traffic consultants from the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (NFTPO) to present the study’s findings, along with recommended improvements to local roadways. The CTTF-sponsored study includes all critical roadway systems from JTB to Mickler’s Landing and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway, incorporating data gathered from the recent North Ponte Vedra Beach traffic study.

Following the presentation, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback on the recommendations.

“Traffic in our community has become everybody’s problem,” CTTF Chairman Garry

Phillips said. “If you think that’s an exaggeration, try driving into the Ponte Vedra Beach community any weekday afternoon from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. It’s wall to wall traffic on A1A, all the way from the JTB expressway to Solana Road.”

Founded in 2014, CTTF includes citizens and community leaders from throughout the Ponte Vedra Beach area. In addition to NFTPO, the task force has worked with St. Johns County and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to secure funding to study and find solutions to the area’s increasing traffic congestion.

Jim Sabo, president of the Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition, said that local elected officials and FDOT representatives are expected to attend the April 25 meeting.

“We encourage everyone to come and bring a friend,” Sabo said. “This is the best opportunity to make your thoughts known and be a part of making near-term traffic flow improvements to a situation that is only getting worse.”