Interstate 295 Florida
Interstate 295 forms the suburban beltway loop around the Jacksonville metropolitan area. Built and opened in stages between 1967 and 2006, the loop is split between the West Beltway and East Beltway. The West Beltway carries the original 35 miles of I-295 from I-95 in Southside to Mandarin, Orange Park, Westside and Northside where it meets I-95 near Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The newer 26-mile East Beltway continues I-295 from the West Beltway and I-95 through Northside and Arlington to the West Beltway in Southside.
I-95/I-295 North Interchange Reconfiguration
Major reconstruction of the I-95/I-295 North Interchange started in November 2016. The $176.8 million project replaces left side ramps from the beltway to I-95 with high speed flyovers. The work through Spring 2021 also replaces ramps from the East Beltway north to I-95 north and from the West Beltway north to I-95 south.
A collector distributor roadway being built along the eastbound lanes of the East Beltway will eliminate weaving traffic between I-95 and adjacent U.S. 17 (Exit 36). This work was preceded by the addition of a flyover that replaced a loop ramp from I-95 south to the East Beltway in August 2010.
I-295 Express Lanes
Construction adds two sets of tolled Express Lanes along heavily traveled sections of the Jacksonville Beltway. An $89 million design-build project started in July 2014 adds a 12-foot lane in each direction of I-295 from I-95 west to the Buckman Bridge. Work running through Spring 2019 also includes adding noise walls and drainage ponds.
The second Express Lane addition for I-295 expands the beltway from SR 9B (Future I-795) north to SR 202 (J. Turner Butler [JTB] Boulevard). Construction here runs from Summer 2016 to mid or late 2019. Costing $139.9 million, construction through east Jacksonville adds two additional 12-foot lanes in each direction in addition to noise walls and storm water ponds.
North End – Jacksonville, FL
South End – Jacksonville, FL
Mileage – 61.04
- Cities – Jacksonville
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-295 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|I-95 to Exit 3||120,000|
|Exits 3 to 5||116,500|
|Exits 5 to 10||125,000|
|Exits 10 to 12||78,500|
|Exits 12 to 16||60,000|
|Exits 16 to 17||95,500|
|Exits 17 to 19||107,000|
|Exits 19 to 21||109,500|
|Exits 21 to 22||54,000|
|Exits 22 to 25||63,166|
|Exits 25 to 28||56,500|
|Exits 28 to 30||52,500|
|Exits 30 to 32||54,000|
|Exits 32 to 33||59,500|
|Exits 33 to 35||54,000|
|Exits 35 to 36||54,000|
|Exits 36 to 37||59,000|
|Exits 37 to 40||50,000|
|Exits 40 to 41||55,000|
|Exits 41 to 45||68,998|
|Exits 45 to 46||45,500|
|Exits 46 to 47||61,500|
|Exits 47 to 48||67,000|
|Exits 48 to 49||66,500|
|Exits 49 to 51||77,000|
|Exits 51 to 52||84,000|
|Exits 52 to 53||90,500|
|Exits 53 to 54||95,500|
|Exits 54 to 56||90,000|
|Exits 56 to 60||81,000|
|Exit 60 to I-95||73,500|
Source: Florida Traffic Information 2013 (web site)
Later renamed the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway, the route of the then 20th Street Expressway eventually curved southward to tie into the west end of the Mathews Bridge (Florida 115). The segment east from the St. Johns River was never built.
The following are key dates in the history of Interstate 295 in Florida:2
- 1962 – An early possible segment of Interstate 295 was shown as signed along the then-new 20th Street Expressway from U.S. 1 to Interstate 95; this section is no longer part of Interstate 295 and is now signed as U.S. 1, Alternate U.S. 1, or Florida 115.
- 1967 – The modern section of Interstate 295 first under construction from Interstate 95 northwest to Orange Park.
- 1970 – Interstate 295 opened from Interstate 95 northwest to 103rd Street. Freeway was under construction from 103rd Street north to Interstate 10.
- 1973 – Interstate 295 opened from 103rd Street north to Interstate 10.
- 1975 – Interstate 295 opened from Interstate 10 north to Commonwealth Avenue.
- 1977 – Interstate 295 opened from Commonwealth Avenue north to Interstate 95 northwest of Jacksonville. Western half of the Jacksonville beltway was now complete.
- 1983 – Future Interstate 295 opened from Interstate 95 east to U.S. 17 north of Jacksonville, which is the first section of the eastern half of future Jacksonville Beltway to open.
- 1986 – Signed as Florida 9A, the section from U.S. 17 southeast to Florida 105 (Heckscher Drive) opened as a two-lane freeway.
- 1990 – Interstate 295 opened on a new bridge across the St. John's River from Florida 105 (Heckscher Drive) south to Monument Road. The bridge was signed as Interstate 295 between 1990 and 1993.
- 1993 – Previously signed sections of Interstate 295 on the eastern half of the Jacksonville Beltway are re-designated as Florida 9A.
- 1999 – New section of Florida 9A was under construction from Florida 202 (J. Turner Butler Boulevard) south to U.S. 1. The connection between the existing segment (from Monument Road northward) and the new segment (from Florida 202 southward) is made via St. John's Bluff Road.
- 2002 – Section of Florida 9A south from Florida 202 to U.S. 1 opened to traffic. The portion from U.S. 1 southwest to Interstate 95 was under construction.
- 2005 – Florida 9A southerly connection between U.S. 1 and Interstate 95 opened to traffic. Only the section between Florida 202 (J. Turner Butler Boulevard) and U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) remained incomplete. Reconstruction begins at the Florida 9A/J. Turner Butler interchange.
- 2006 – Final section of Florida 9A between Florida 202 and U.S. 90 completed. Construction still ongoing at the J. Turner Butler interchange.
- 2008 – Reconstruction of the Florida 9A/J. Turner Butler interchange is finished. Florida 9A East Beltway around Jacksonville officially complete.
- 2012 – All Florida 9A signage is removed and replaced with Interstate 295 signage along the entire East Beltway.
North End – north Jacksonville, Florida
South End – Southside, Jacksonville, Florida
- "Loop nears milestone." Times-Union (Jacksonville), October 14, 2003.
Florida's Interstates: A Half-Century of Progress.official Florida Department of Transportation site.
Page updated September 6, 2017.