New Ellis Road/I-95 Interchange, Northern Segment of St. Johns Heritage Parkway Now Open
By Kristine Isnardi, Brevard County Commissioner // June 3, 2020
BREVARD COUNTY COMMISSIONER KRISTINE ISNARDI: This day has been a long time coming
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – This day has been a long time coming and we weren’t going to let the rain ruin our excitement as we opened the new Ellis Road/I-95 Interchange and the northern segment of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway this morning.
Twenty-nine years ago, former Transportation Planning Organization Director Bob Kamm first envisioned the need for this project.
It took five consecutive District 5 Commissioners, multiple state legislators, numerous City of Melbourne and West Melbourne elected officials, plus countless Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization and Florida Department of Transportation employees to make this happen.
Thank you to all those who have supported and worked tirelessly on this project over the years.
This interchange will perform three key functions:
■ First, it will relieve traffic on heavily congested Eau Gallie Blvd and US 192.
■ Second, it will provide I-95 travelers a direct route to the Orlando Melbourne International Airport, benefiting Brevard’s high-tech industry and allowing them to compete on a global level.
■ Third, by connecting with the new section of the St. John’s Heritage Parkway, it provides another north-south travel route and helps alleviate congestion from roads from Malabar to Ellis.
Check out the below amazing drone picture provided by Rich Ataman, Brevard County Traffic Operations Signals Supervisor: