But JTA engineering director Steve Arrington said Wonderwood's $110 million budget is "tight" and can't spare money for bonuses because that might leave the JTA short-changed for completing the project.
"You've got a bucket of money and when you get to the bottom of the bucket, you're out of money," Arrington
The Wonderwood Connector project will create a four-lane road from Mayport Road to Florida 9A
, providing another east-west route from the Beaches.Wonderwood is part of a network of other road projects -- including the widened Monument Road and a future link from Monument Road to the Southside Connector with interchanges to the Arlington Expressway -- that will speed up traffic flow through Arlington. The JTA
is building the 8.7-mile Wonderwood Connector in four phases.It has completed the segment from Mayport Road to Florida A1A
.Last year, the JTA
began the piece from Florida A1A
to Girvin Road, which includes a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.
said buying right of way has taken longer than expected in order to comply with regulations attached to federal funding for the project.
The Monument Road project originally was slated to finish by March 2001, but the completion date was pushed back to Sept. 10, 2001, because JEA, which provides utility service in most of Jacksonville, asked during construction to install a large sewer line under Monument Road.