Transportation

Semi Takes Out 231 Feet of I-95 Guardrail

Semi Takes Out 231 Feet of I-95 Guardrail

A semi lost control on northbound Interstate 95, likely due to the heavy rain this afternoon. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the semi took out 231 feet of Interstate 95 guardrail.

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What gas customers see advertised may not be the price they pay at the pump.

It's because of something gas inspection experts call two-tier pricing.

In response to many questions from viewers about the different pricing, First Coast News asked why, if it's legal and what you can do about it.

Gas stations using two-tier pricing advertise one price for cash (or company-specific credit cards, such as Shell or Chevron), but display another price at the pump for credit cards.

"They just pull up to the pump to get their gas and then realize, 'Oh, they charged me more than what that sign said,'" explained Roberta Lawson, a supervisor for petroleum inspection in North Florida.

The practice is popular in South Florida but it's becoming more common on the First Coast, according to Lawson.

The reason stations do it may be because of steep vendor credit card fees.

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, July 5

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, July 5

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Traffic Accident on the Southside Leaves One Man Dead

An elderly man died Sunday afternoon following a traffic accident on the Southside.

It happened about 1 p.m. at the intersection of Old Kings Road and San Clerc Road. That's just north of Baymeadows Road.

"The silver car that's up on the sidewalk was traveling northbound on Old Kings Road," said Detective D.B. Edmonds from JSO.  "The tan car was traveling southbound. The silver car made a left turn in front of him and they hit almost head on. And the driver of the silver car [died]." 

The victim died after being transported to Shands. His name has not yet been released. Two people in the other car were taken to Shands with serious injuries.

AAA and Budweiser Partner to Provide Free Rides for the Tipsy

AAA and Budweiser Partner to Provide Free Rides for the Tipsy

Throughout Florida a number of programs offer free rides to individuals who have had too much to drink.

AAA and Budweiser offer a service called "Tow to Go"
that provides private party goers and licensed establishments a way to get people home safely. Adults in need of a ride can call 1-800-AAA-HELP. AAA will dispatch a tow truck and will take both the driver and the vehicle home, free of charge. This service is available throughout Florida - to both AAA members and non-members.

The free towing service is not only available on the 4th of July, but over the entire long weekend from July 1 through July 5.

According to FHP, Tow to Go removes the number one excuse for drunk driving - the intoxicated motorist not wanting to leave their car - by not only taking the driver home safely, but also their vehicle home safely too.

State Road 9A North Closing Tonight for 9B Work

State Road 9A North Closing Tonight for 9B Work

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you've got to travel along State Road 9A over the next few days you may need to pick a different route.

The Florida Department of Transportation is planning to close the roadway between Philips Highway (US 1) and Baymeadows road starting at 11 p.m. tonight. 

It'll be closed through 5 a.m. Wednesday to allow crews time to move construction equipment from the median of SR 9A to the median of the SR 9B construction site to the south of 9A.  That project is slated to be done in Fall 2012.

If you need to go north on SR 9A during that time period, you'll have to get off and take the detour from Southside Boulevard to Baymeadows Road and on back to SR 9A.

If you're headed south, your travel shouldn't be affected.

MORE INFORMATION ON LOCAL ROAD PROJECTS

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, June 27

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, June 27

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.