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The express lanes construction along I-295 from I-95 to the Buckman Bridge began in July 2014. The design-build team of Dragados USA, Inc./TY Lin International were awarded the contract to design and construct the first express lanes in Northeast Florida for $89 million. Prior to the express lanes being constructed, noise walls will be built to lessen the potential noise of construction for residents along the cooridor.

The express lanes project includes:

  • construction of two additional 12-foot travel lane (the tolled express lane) in each direction additional 12-foot travel lane (the tolled express lane) in each direction
  • constructing noise walls along I-295 in various locations (as depicted in the map below)
  • building drainage ponds
  • installing electronic tolling systems at various locations to collect tolls

With the construction of express lanes, this segment of I-295 will be ten lanes. 

Access points will be located west of the San Jose Boulevard (SR 13) interchange and at the I-95 south interchange. Once in the express lanes, you will not be able to exit at San Jose Boulevard or Old St. Augustine Road. Traffic entering I-295 from San Jose Boulevard (SR 13) or from Old St. Augustine Road will not have access to the express lanes.

A noise analysis has been conducted for this section of I-295 to determine where noise impacts will occur and where noise abatement (walls) can be provided under FDOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rules.