JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The most complicated and expensive transportation project on the First Coast -- called "The Big I" -- is being praised by national transportation planners.
This week the Interstate 10-95 interchange was judged by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials as the top roadway project in the country.
The criteria used in judging projects included being on time, under budget and innovative management.
The local interchange took six years to build and includes 17 bridges, 21 ramps and 25 lane miles. It cost $154 million and was the most complicated and expensive project undertaken by the state on the First Coast.
The "Grand Prize" earned the transportation department $10,000 which can be donated to charities or used for a scholarship.