FDOT to host open house to provide update on Starke Railroad Overpass project

A conceptual rendering of the completed overpass.

STARKE — The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house to provide citizens with an update on the Starke Railroad Overpass Interchange Improvements project.

The hybrid open house will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Gov. Charley E. Johns Conference Center, 1610 N. Temple Ave. in Starke. Project staff will be available to answer questions in-person, online at nflroads.com/VPH or by phone at 631-992-3221, access code 213-631-455. Citizens may drop by anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to ask questions about the project and view renderings.

Currently, the city of Starke is divided by the CSX railroad that runs parallel to U.S. 301. With 29 trains traveling through the city each day, emergency vehicles and other traffic experience frequent delays, and train traffic is expected to increase in the future. This project will ease congestion and improve emergency response times.

J.B. Coxwell Contracting began work on this $23.6 million project project in summer 2020 and is estimated to complete it in summer 2023, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.