JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When the Florida Department of Transportation first announced the Overland Bridge Replacement Project in Spring 2009, stakeholders anticipated it would be complete by midway through 2016.
Now, nearly a decade later, the project has repeatedly fallen behind schedule -- in part due to multiple hurricanes, project revisions and scheduling woes -- and is expected to wrap up in March.
There are three major projects left:
- Constructing and finishing Interstate 95 northbound ramp to Atlantic Boulevard;
- Finish second I-95 southbound service lane to Philips Highway ramp;
- Complete paving and open I-95 northbound service road that leads downtown (making it two lanes).
The goal of the project was to replace a series of overpasses that carry traffic on Interstate 95 over Hendricks, Kings and Montana avenues as well as Atlantic Boulevard.
The project, which cost an estimated $233 million in total, is intended to replace the original structure that was built in the 1950s and designed to handle far lighter traffic than it does currently.
News4Jax traffic reporter Crystal Moyer has been tracking this project since the wheels started turning. She puts things in visual context for you with an interactive timeline below:
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