Express lanes could be added to the East Beltway

Drivers on the Southside of Jacksonville could see some relief when it comes to traffic congestion.

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to add an express lane on Interstate 295 between State Road 9B and Butler Boulevard.

An FDOT spokesperson said if the plan is approved, one extra lane will be added to each direction. The project would start in the summer of 2015 and cost about $180 million.

Drivers would have to pay to use the road using a Sunpass.

Construction has already started to build an express lane on Interstate 295 between Interstate 95 and the Buckman Bridge.

The FDOT will hold a public meeting Tuesday night so residents can learn more about the express lanes.  An informational open house will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Adam Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida. Residents will be able to submit formal comments following the open house.

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