Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began construction in October 2014 to add express lanes on the I-295 West Beltway from the Buckman Bridge to I-95 (5.7 miles). Express lanes are an innovative concept to manage traffic congestion and ultimately provide choices for motorists. These new lanes will provide more capacity in areas where traffic congestion is a major problem.
Express lanes are known as an “expressway within an expressway” where express lanes are separated from the general use lanes. The I-295 Express Lanes will be a separate tolled facility from the general use lanes. The concept provides a choice for travelers along I-295. The toll rate will vary depending on the amount of traffic in the lanes. The existing lanes on the I-295 West Beltway will remain free.
Lane closures and even occasional detours on I-295, on cross roads and at interchanges will be necessary during construction, but efforts will be made to minimize traffic disruption and restrict closures to off-peak hours, including during the night.
In addition, construction noise may be especially loud during installation of concrete columns for the noise walls.
Construction will include noise walls, drainage, utilities and road widening. Construction work will be along the outside of I-295 and along the median.
Noise wall construction will begin early in the project and continue as road widening, bridge construction and drainage work move forward. Noise should be anticipated during construction of the noise walls as concrete columns are installed for the foundation of the walls. At project completion, the walls will help reduce road noise for residents and businesses located near I-295.
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