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DOT video shows new Overland Bridge design

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Updated: 6/13/2013 8:54 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A new DOT video shows just how extensive the Overland Bridge replacement will be, work crews take a section of road driven by more than 120,000 vehicles a day and transform it into a more efficient interchange. The I-95 bridge makeover will add lanes and access points to ease congestion.

"Getting stuck in traffic on that bridge I get pretty agitated so I think it's a pretty smart idea," said driver Jack Bairamian.

He says he commutes over the Overland every day, and after a hole was found in the bridge a few months ago, and the bridge became structurally deficient, backups have only gotten worse.

"Anywhere from 10-15 minutes which when you're trying to get somewhere can be a very long time," he said.

The expansive project will take a lot of time and money and isn't expected to be completed until 2016. It's expected to cost more than $200 million mostly federal dollars, making it one of the most expensive ever undertaken in Northeast Florida.

But for local drivers who appreciate a smooth, safe drive, it's well worth it.

"I think if it improves traffic flow, if it makes driving more efficient on I-95 that's a great plan," said local driver Daryl Munn.

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