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. Started in July 2014, an $89 million design-build project expanded each direction of I-295 from I-95 west to the Buckman Bridge with a 12-foot lane. Work also added noise walls and drainage ponds.
The West Beltway Express Lanes opened to motorists on May 18, 2019. Tolls are levied during morning and evening peak hours during weekdays and are free to motorists at other times.3
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 started in Summer 2016 and will be completed in Fall 2019.3 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.
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.
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.