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Multimillion dollar road project underway in Mandarin

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla

A multimillion dollar project is happening right now on one of the busiest stretches of highway in Jacksonville. That new project will widen lanes on Interstate 295. The lanes are being widened from the Buckman Bridge to the I-95 South interchange.

Many people who drive in the area may have seen that construction over the past several months.

The project is really moving along. Two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes are being added between the Buckman and I-95 South. That will allow for two express lanes to be created in the center of this area.

FDOT's spokesman says signs will be put up in this area saying the minimum speed will be 45 miles per hour. He says that will also help ease congestion.

Walls are being put up to prevent the noise of the interstate traffic from coming into the Chapelgate neighborhood in Mandarin.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2016. FDOT's spokesman says it will cost $89 million.

Most of that is being paid for by FDOT. Some federal money is being used for the project.

A project to expand I-295 in the Baymeadows Road area is also in the works.