JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Drivers, hold on to your hats. A 2-mile section of I-95 stemming from the Fuller Warren Bridge to just north of Emerson is being replaced. Work starts in a matter of weeks. And we wanted to know just how badly the project will snarl traffic.
It's called the Overland Bridge project because the section of I-95 that's being replaced is a bridge, over land, immediately south of the Fuller Warren.
DOT spokesman Mike Goldman sat down with Action News Wednesday to give us a breakdown of the road work. He said, "It's a structurally deficient bridge. And we've had to do a lot of maintenance work on that area of 95."
He says the project will widen I-95, provide additional capacity, even provide a new exit to Atlantic Boulevard from I-95 North.
"The traffic flow, the convenience will definitely improve," he said.
It's a big project, one that's expected to start the second week of January and end in 2016. So it begs the question, will drivers experience growing pains? Goldman says not really. "We really want to stress all of the lane closings will be done at night."
From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to be exact. "So this means people's commute to work won't be affected. They're not gonna have to worry about kids being late for school."
Goldman says this could be the most expensive road project that's ever been done in our area. At $227 million, that's more than the I-10/I-95 interchange and more than the cost to replace the Fuller Warren Bridge.
For detailed maps and more information on the project, visit www.i95overlandbridge.com.