FDOT to start work on Phase 2 of I-295 express lanes

North Florida Express Lanes construction is underway.
North Florida Express Lanes construction is underway.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Construction will begin on the second set of I-295 express lanes from State Road 9B to J. Turner Butler Boulevard in the coming weeks, the Florida Department of Transportation announced this week.

The next installment of the North Florida Express Lanes extends approximately five miles and includes the widening of I-295 bridges over Baymeadows Road and Gate Parkway.

The first segment of the North Florida Express Lanes is currently under construction and located between the Buckman Bridge and I-95.

This project will consist of two new 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, the addition of noise walls along I-295 in various locations, the construction of drainage ponds and the installation of electronic tolling systems at various locations to collect tolls. The project will offer a choice for travelers to use an express lane for a fee, or remain on the non-tolled portion of I-295.

Express lanes are known as an “expressway within an expressway” where express lanes are separated from general use lanes. The toll rate for express lanes will vary depending on the amount of traffic within the express lanes.

Generally, fewer cars using the lanes means a less expensive toll. Dynamic message signs will show the current toll rate.

Due to electronic tolling cars are not required to stop to pay the toll.

“These Express Lane projects offer an innovative way to increase capacity on I-295 and offer consumers a choice in their commute, helping all motorists who use this corridor,” said Thomas Woods, of HNTB Corporation who will oversee the construction. “FDOT continues to look for ways to maximize efficiencies and stretch tax-dollars as far as they can go. This project is a step in the right direction and the region will benefit as a result.”

The $139.9 million project was awarded to the Archer-Western Contractors design-build team.

To learn more about the Express Lanes, visit: www.NorthFloridaExpress.com.