The new express lanes along the West beltway are set to open in early 2018, but drivers from the Buckman Bridge to I-95 are seeing signs of progress. Some of the new express lanes are paved, but not yet ready to go. Overhead toll structures are up as well. One frequent driver of the West Beltway says he’s noticed less construction vehicles as well.
FDOT says the new lanes will be on the left side of the Interstate and will be separated from the regular lanes. The toll prices will vary depending on how many people are on the roads. FDOT says once you get on to the express lanes, you won’t be able to get off until the end.
Drivers are excited for the new project to be completed.
“As I see the roads being paved, but there not open yet, I’m in the car going ‘open the road, open the lane.” One Middleburg woman says.
FDOT say they expect the project to be completed in early 2018.
Even though 3 lanes are currently open, signs of the new express lanes can be seen on the left side of the Interstate.
Even though progress is being made along the West Beltway, FDOT say there is still more work that has to be done by construction crews.
“they have to compleate some of the asphalt work, there’s still plastic poles and traffic seperators that will need to be installed.” Says FDOT spokesperson Hampton Ray.
Untill the construction is compleated in the area, FDOT says drivers should use caution through construction zones.
“Driver responsibility is important, and it does help when people dont text and drive, when they follow the speed limit, and be curtious to fellow drivers.” Ray says.