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.
North End – Jacksonville, FL
South End – Jacksonville, FL
Mileage – 61.04
- Cities – Jacksonville
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-295 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: Florida Traffic Information 2013 (web site)
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. 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.
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 – Northside, Jacksonville, Florida
West Beltway – North at
East Beltway – North at
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-95 heads south from SR 102 (Airport Road) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Interstate 295 (Exits 362A/B). Photos taken 01/03/14.
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.
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.
Throwback – East Beltway – north at
South End – Southside, Jacksonville, Florida
West Beltway – South at
Advancing north along Interstate 95 through Southside Jacksonville toward the systems interchange (Exit 337) with Interstate 295 (Exit 337). Photos taken 10/06/18.
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.
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 – North at
Throwback – South at
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.
- “Loop nears milestone.” Times-Union (Jacksonville), October 14, 2003.
Florida’s Interstates: A Half-Century of Progress.official Florida Department of Transportation site.
- “New West Beltway Express Lanes Now Open.” WOKV News 104.5 (Jacksonville, FL), May 18, 2019.
Page updated August 14, 2019.