Now is your chance to ask questions and give your opinion about toll roads coming to a busy interstate in our area. The Florida Department of Transportation is going to add the lanes to a section of I-295. Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us LIVE on the Southside - with details of an open house you can attend to learn more information. 3 3 IT'S AN INFORMAL OPEN HOUSE BEING HELD AT U-N-F FOLLOWED BY A PRESENTATION AND THE CHANCE FOR SOME PUBLIC COMMENT.. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THE NEXT PHASE OF ADDING EXPRESS LANES ON 295 WILL BE PREVIEWED THERE. 3 :00-:08:15-:20:45- :501:06-1:15IT'S A FOUR-MILE LONG PROJECT.. WITH A PRICE TAG OF 155-MILLION DOLLARS.. AND THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL ALSO COST YOU.THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PLANS ON ADDING EXPRESS TOLL LANES TO HELP WITH RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC.02-11 5P PKG EXPRESS LANES TOLLS Doug Nelson, Jacksonville Driver 03:56 I'm from the south, south in Florida so I'm Used to the tolls and it actually speeds up some if you want to pay it in the express lanes if you want to pay it IN JACKSONVILLE, THE DOT WILL START CONSTRUCTION LATER THIS YEAR ON THE FIRST PHASE- EXPRESS LANES ON 295 BETWEEN I-95 AND THE BUCKMAN BRIDGE IN MANDARIN.TONIGHT THOUGH.. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR MORE INPUT ON THE SECOND PHASE-TWO NEW LANES ON THE I-295 EAST BELTWAY BETWEEN STATE ROAD 9B AND BUTLER BOULEVARD. CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR.02-11 5P PKG EXPRESS LANES TOLLS Taylor Gay, Jacksonville Driver 05:25 I would rather keep as much money in my pocket as I can but they're going to do what they're going to do they really make the choices up there. Not us not the people. THE TOLLS WOULD BE COLLECTED THROUGH SUNPASS.. AN AUTOMATED SYSTEM USED ON HIGHWAYS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. D-O-T SAYS THE TOLL PRICE WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE DEMAND DURING RUSH HOUR TIMES. SIGNS WOULD BE POSTED AHEAD OF THE LANES SO PEOPLE CAN DECIDE WHETHER TO USE THEM OR NOT.) Rob Hockersmith / WOULD USE TOLL 17:42 "I DRIVE AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES EACH WAY TO WORK EVERY DAY. AND IF IT WOULD CUT MY COMMUTE DOWN BY HALF AN HOUR, DEPENDING ON WHAT IT WOULD COST, THAT WOULD BE AN HOUR EACH DAY WITH MY FAMILY AS COMPARED TO ON THE ROAD, I'D BE GLAD TO PAY IT." 3 SO IF YOU'D LIKE TO GIVE YOUR TWO CENTS ON THESE EXPRESS LANES, THE OPEN HOUSE TODAY IS FROM 4:30 TO 6:30PM IN THE UNIVERSITY CENTER AT UNF. AFTER THAT, A PRESENTATION WILL BE GIVEN AND PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE ALLOWED.