The need for improved access to I-95 for evacuation purposes was identified as a result of the wild fires experienced in 1998. The entire County’s population was evacuated by order of the Governor.
In response to Community concerns the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted a study titled Transportation Planning Analysis for Potential I-95 Interchange in Flagler County in 2000 that included an interchange at this location. A second FDOT study in 2006 titled Final Matanzas Woods Parkway Interchange Feasibility Study concluded an interchange at Matanzas Woods Parkway would have a beneficial impact on area roadways including Palm Coast Parkway.
An Interchange Justification Report
dated December 2010, approved by both the FDOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) concludes an interchange at Matanzas Woods Parkway is logical because of its location between Palm Coast Parkway and US 1 and relationship to significant growth planned in the vicinity. With this, the project is now in the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study phase.
The PD&E Study will include project analysis and sufficient information technically prepared with public involvement to insure the interchange project is developed and complies with all Federal, State and Local laws.