Everywhere you turn there’s construction on the roads. The weekly list of lane closings from the Florida Department of Transportation shows construction on 295 (East and West Beltway), I-95, I-10 and surface streets.
The FDOT and other agencies usually schedule these lane closures during non-peak periods but even though lanes may be open during rush hour drivers still run into problems in the form of delays on their commute.
A listener, Mike Lieske, emailed WOKV last week about construction on San Jose Blvd at 295. WOKV’s Julie Morgan talked to the FDOT about this particular project. Spokesman Mike Goldman says they solved the problem that caused delays onto the Buckman Bridge. Lieske says he was concerned about “safety especially during rush hour traffic times”. He also says the “one flashing warning sign” is not enough. That sign he says was halfway between the bridge and the exit lane.
Goldman says, “There were message boards (including the permanent highway advisory signs) along I-295 to alert drivers of the situation”. He also warns “there may be similar short-term conditions as additional work on the ramps occur”.
This one project has three projects wrapped into one: adds a left turn lane to get to Walmart on San Jose, adds two left turn lanes at Claire Lane and increases capacity to the on/off ramps at San Jose Blvd/295. Construction is expected to last until late Summer/early Fall.