FDOT announces traffic shifts ahead of third lane opening on East Beltway

Jacksonville, FL — If driving in heavy traffic on the East Beltway through Jacksonville’s Southside is part of your daily commute, you can expect some relief in the near future. The I-295 Express Lanes Project will see increased construction activities within the next several weeks ahead of opening a third general-use lane on the East Beltway southbound.

Construction activities will include multiple traffic shifts, lane striping and overnight detours. The first traffic shift related to lane striping is expected to take place overnight on I-295 southbound this Sunday, October 20. Signs and message boards will inform drivers of these traffic pattern changes.

“Our goal at FDOT is to improve the transportation experience for everyone on the roadway, and we’re confident the additional lane will help reduce congestion. We’re glad to see the improvement is expected to take place before the holiday shopping season as we work to support the continued growth in Northeast Florida,” said District 2 Secretary Greg Evans.

The $160 million project was awarded to the Archer-Western Contractors design-build team. The Express Lanes project is expected to be completed in its entirety in the fall of 2020

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