Jacksonville, FL - Be prepared for a possible change on your drive to work or school through the southside on the East Beltway north Monday morning. The Florida Department of Transportation says they are planning to shift traffic to the right, past Gate Parkway under the new ramp to JTB, if the weather cooperates Sunday. FDOT says once the shift is in place, that will be the same road you’ll drive on once construction of the new tolled express lanes on the East Beltway from JTB to State Road 9B is complete.
“That is a major milestone that were gonna see, probably this weekend.” Hampton Ray with FDOT says.
From up above you can see where traffic will start to shift to the right past Gate Parkway. Shift is expected to begin this Sunday on the East Beltway north, if the weather cooperates. @WOKVNews @ActionTraffic pic.twitter.com/MBYeIVHawO— Steven Ponson (@steven_ponson) February 8, 2019
FDOT says once construction is done, there will be two new lanes for both directions of the East Beltway from JTB to 9B and electronic tolling systems among other things. FDOT tells us the contractor is making progress with the project and there are several items that need to be done before the project is complete. They say concrete work still needs to be done across the entire section of the interstate, interchange work and bridge expansion at Gate Parkway and Baymeadows Road still needs to be completed, and intersection work at JTB and Gate Parkway and at JTB and Kernan Boulevard needs to be finished.
FDOT says construction on the East Beltway is expected to be done by this summer.
This weekend a change on your drive through the southside on the East Beltway north could happen. FDOT says a traffic shift to the right past Gate Parkway is expected to happen Sunday. Drivers will soon start to drive under this new ramp to JTB. @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/0AaTKE4y8G— Steven Ponson (@steven_ponson) February 8, 2019