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.