Interstate 295 Florida

I-295 Florida
History
North End
South End

Overview

I-295 N.B. Broward Bridge - Jacksonville, FL
The Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge (Dames Point Bridge) carries Interstate 295 over the St. Johns River northeast of central Jacksonville near Blount Island. Opened in March 1989, the cable-stayed bridge is one of the tallest in the Southeast. Photo taken 03/03/13.

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.

I-95/I-295 North Interchange Reconfiguration project map

Route Information

  • North End – Jacksonville, FL

  • South End – Jacksonville, FL

  • Mileage – 61.04

  • Cities – Jacksonville
  • JunctionsI-95 I-10

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-295 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Source: Florida Traffic Information 2013 (web site)

Jacksonville, FL - 1962
This inset from the 1962 Rand McNally North American Road Atlas shows Interstate 295 proposed along the 20th Street Expressway across north Jacksonville.

Later renamed 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.

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 added a 12-foot lane in each direction of I-295 from I-95 west to the Buckman Bridge. Work running through Spring 2019 also included 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.

I-295 Buckman Bridge - Jacksonville, FL
Interstate 295 northbound heads west on the Buckman Bridge over the St. Johns River. A pair of four-lane bridges carry traffic between the suburbs of Mandarin and Orange Park, southwest of central Jacksonville. Photo taken 12/30/06.

History

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 I-95 – Northside, Jacksonville, Florida

I-295 West Beltway – North at I-95

I-295 / West Beltway north at I-95 - Jacksonville, FL

Interstate 295 north along the West Beltway meets I-95 (Exits 35AB) one mile east of the Biscayne Boulevard overpass. Photo taken 01/05/19.

I-295 / West Beltway north at I-95 - Jacksonville, FL

Exit 35A leaves for I-95 south to Downtown Jacksonville. Ongoing construction replaces Left Exit 35B for I-95 north to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Savannah. Photo taken 01/05/19.

I-295 / West Beltway north at I-95 - Jacksonville, FL

Interstate 295 continues beyond Left Exit 35B onto the East Beltway to Mayport and the Jacksonville area beaches. Photo taken 12/19/13.

I-295 East Beltway – North at I-95

I-295 / East Beltway north at US 17 - 2013
I-295 / East Beltway north at US 17 - 2013

Interstate 295 / East Beltway northbound connects with I-95 three quarters of a mile west from the folded diamond interchange (Exit 36) with U.S. 17 (Main Street) at Oceanway. Photos taken 03/03/13.

I-295 / East Beltway north at I-95 - 2013

Exit 35B leaves I-295 north for I-95 north to JAX International Airport and Brunswick, Georgia. Savannah lies 129 miles to the north at the east end of Interstate 16. Photo taken 03/03/13.

I-295 / East Beltway north at I-95 - 2013

Interstate 295 south passes over I-95 ahead of the left side ramp for Downtown Jacksonville. The beltway continues 35 miles through the west side of Jacksonville and Orange Park to I-95 at South Side. Photo taken 03/03/13.

I-95 South at I-295

I-95 south at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL
I-95 south at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL

I-95 heads south from SR 102 (Airport Road) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Interstate 295 (Exits 362A/B). Photos taken 01/03/14.

I-95 south at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL
I-95 south at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL

A 2010-completed flyover (Exit 362A) links I-95 south with I-295 on the East Beltway beyond the Cole Road overpass. Exit 362B follows in a half mile for I-295 along the West Beltway to Interstate 10 and Orange Park. Photos taken 01/03/14.

I-95 south at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL

Interstate 295 (East Beltway) south meets U.S. 17 (Main Street) at the succeeding exit to the east in the Oceanway area of north Jacksonville. Photo taken 03/03/13.

I-95 south at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL

Exit 362B departs southbound I-95 for Interstate 295 along the West Beltway 10.2 miles ahead of Downtown Jacksonville. Photo taken 01/03/14.

I-95 North at I-295

I-95 north at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL
I-95 north at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL

Interstate 295 (East Beltway) provides direct access to the Jaxport Terminals at Dames Point and Blount Island via State Road 105 at Exit 41. The freeway continues south from there across the Dames Point (N.B. Broward) Bridge to SR 10, U.S. 90, and SR 202, which all lead east to the cities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. Photos taken 09/22/14.

I-95 north at I-295 - Northside, Jacksonville, FL

Exit 362B loops away from Interstate 95 north to I-295 (West Beltway) south. Interstate 295 encircles the city through North Jacksonville, West Jacksonville, the city of Orange Park, and Mandarin before returning to I-95 at Southside. Photo taken 09/22/14.

Throwback – I-295 East Beltway – north at I-95

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I-295 / West Beltway northbound at I-95 before reconstruction of Exit 35 into a systems interchange. Photos taken 03/13/13.

I-295 north at I-95/SR 9A - 2006

I-295 north formerly ended opposite Florida State Road 9A south to the Oceanway neighborhood of Jacksonville. SR 9A was replaced with I-295 / East Beltway by 2012. Photo taken 07/04/06.

South End I-95 – Southside, Jacksonville, Florida

I-295 West Beltway – South at I-95

I-295 / East Beltway south at I-95

Interstate 295 travels along the Greenland community in Southside Jacksonville to the multi level interchange (Exit 61) with Interstate 95. Photo taken 03/03/13.

I-295 / East Beltway south at I-95

Interstate 295 travels along the Greenland community in Southside Jacksonville to the multi level interchange (Exit 61) with Interstate 95. Photo taken 03/03/13.

I-295 / East Beltway south at I-95

A two lane flyover departs northbound I-295 along the West Beltway to I-95 north to San Marco, the Fuller Warren Bridge across the St. Johns River, and Downtown Jacksonville. Photo taken 03/03/13.

I-295 / East Beltway south at I-95

Exit 61A parts ways with the West Beltway for Interstate 95 south to St. Augustine and Daytona Beach while I-295 transitions onto the East Beltway ahead of the Jacksonville Beaches. Photo taken 03/03/13.

Throwback – I-295 South at I-95

I-295 south at I-95 - Jacksonville, FL - 2002I-295 south at I-95 - Jacksonville, FL - 2002

Interstate 295 south at I-95 during construction of the high-speed interchange with the East Beltway (SR 9A). Photos taken by Daniel Davis (10/05/02).

I-95 North at I-295

I-95 north at I-295 - Southside, Jacksonville, FL
I-95 north at I-295 - Southside, Jacksonville, FL

Advancing north along Interstate 95 through Southside Jacksonville toward the systems interchange (Exit 337) with Interstate 295 (Exit 337). Photos taken 10/06/18.

I-95 north at I-295 - Southside, Jacksonville, FL
I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2013
I-95 north at I-295 - Southside, Jacksonville, FL

The East Beltway of I-295 serves Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach via connections with SR 202, U.S. 90, and SR 10. The West Beltway portion of I-295, completed between 1968-77, encircles the Mandarin, Ortega, and Springfield neighborhoods of Jacksonville. Photos taken 10/06/18 and 03/13/13.

I-95 north at I-295 - Southside, Jacksonville, FL

Exit 337 partitions forI-295 along the East and West Beltways beyond the Greenland Road overpass. The West Beltway represents a major commuter freeway for Mandarin, Orange Park in Clay County, and the west side of Jacksonville while also providing access to I-10 for Lake City. I-295 and the East Beltway leads motorists to area beaches and ports before returning to Interstate 95 near Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Photo taken 10/06/18.

Throwback – I-95 North at I-295

I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2003

Approaching I-295 along I-95 north at the site of the eventual folded diamond interchange with Old St. Augustine Road (Exit 335). Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (01/03).

I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2003I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2003

A single lane left exit connected I-95 north with Interstate 295 at their original directional T interchange. Photos taken by Carter Buchanan (01/03).

I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2013

Traveling north along Interstate 95 two miles out from I-295 at Exit 335 for Old St. Augustine Road. Photo taken 07/23/13.

I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2013

Interstate 95 maintains three overall lanes through the multi level interchange with I-295 as it continues toward Downtown Jacksonville and Savannah, Georgia. Photo taken 07/23/13.

I-95 north at I-295 - Jacksonville, FL - 2013

Green outs on previous guide signs for Exit 337 covered SR 9A for the East Beltway. Photo taken 03/03/13.

Throwback – I-95 South at I-295

I-95 south at I-295/SR 9A - 2006

Spanning U.S. 1 (Phillips Highway) at Exit 338, Interstate 95 south continues 0.75 miles to I-295. The previous directional T interchange with I-295 (West Beltway) was expanded with ramps to SR 9A along the East Beltway by 2005. Photo taken 07/04/06.

I-95 south at I-295/SR 9A - 2006

Interstate 95 south expands to five lanes leading into the exchange with I-295 at Southside Jacksonville. Photo taken 07/04/06.

I-95 south at I-295/SR 9A - 2006
I-95 south at I-295/SR 9A - 2006

Two lanes depart southbound Interstate 95 for I-295 north along the West Beltway to Orange Park and the East Beltway to the Jacksonville Beaches. Photos taken 07/04/06.

Sources:

  1. “Loop nears milestone.” Times-Union (Jacksonville), October 14, 2003.
  2. Florida’s Interstates: A Half-Century of Progress. official Florida Department of Transportation site.

Page updated June 1, 2019.