You may have noticed it on your early morning commute to work. Construction began this week on the Overland Bridge, what will likely be the biggest project since building the I-95/I-10 split. The bridge will replace the overpasses that bring traffic over Hendricks, Kings, and Montana avenues south of downtown.
A diagram of the $227 million dollar project on its website shows how the bridge would improve traffic flow on I-95 south of the Fuller Warren Bridge, adding an extra southbound lane. Additional exit ramps and interchanges are also being added to improve traffic conditions heading into San Marco from the Main Street and Acosta Bridges. One big change to note, drivers will no longer be able to get all the way over to the right on I-95 south to access Hendricks Avenue via the off-ramp just before the exit for Phillips Highway.
Of the $227 million estimated for the project, $158 million of it will be for construction, $9 million for utility relocation, and $60.6 million to buy the property and retention ponds needed for the expansion.
Florida DOT is only allowing lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. during construction, which began January 14. You can get any questions you have answered at public hearing sessions Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm at the FDOT office at I-10 and Stockton. Find more specifics on the project's website.
The bridge is slated to be done in mid-2016.