A collector distributor roadway being built along the eastbound lanes of the East Beltway eliminates weaving traffic between I-95 and the adjacent exchange (Exit 36) with U.S. 17. This project 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
Two sets of tolled Express Lanes were added 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. Previously anticipated for completion in Fall 2019, work runs through Fall 2020.3 The $139.9 million project through east Jacksonville adds two additional 12 foot lanes in each direction along with 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. 12/30/06
The following are key dates in the history of Interstate 295 in Florida:2
- 1962 – An early possible segment of I-295 was shown as signed along the then-new 20th Street Expressway from U.S. 1 to Interstate 95; this section was eventually designated as portions of U.S. 1, U.S. 1 Alternate and SR 115.
- 1967 – The first section of I-295 is under construction from I-95 northwest to Orange Park.
- 1970 – I-295 opened from I-95 northwest to SR 134 (103rd Street). Freeway was under construction from 103rd Street north to I-10.
- 1973 – I-295 opened from 103rd Street north to I-10.
- 1975 – I-295 opened from I-10 north to Commonwealth Avenue.
- 1977 – I- 295 opened from Commonwealth Avenue north to I-95 northwest of Jacksonville. Western half of the Jacksonville beltway was now complete.
- 1983 – SR 9A opened from I-95 east to U.S. 17 at Oceanway, which is the first section of the East Beltway.
- 1986 – Signed as SR 9A, the section from U.S. 17 southeast to SR 105 (Heckscher Drive) opened as a two lane freeway.
- 1990 – I-295 opened along the Dames Point Bridge across the St. Johns River from SR 105 (Heckscher Drive) south to Monument Road. The bridge was signed as I-295 between 1990 and 1993.
- 1993 – Previously signed sections of I-295 on the eastern half of the Jacksonville Beltway are resigned as SR 9A.
- 1999 – New section of SR 9A was under construction from SR 202 (J. Turner Butler Boulevard) south to U.S. 1. The connection between the existing segment north from Monument Road and the new segment south from SR 202 is made via St. John’s Bluff Road.
- 2002 – Section of SR 9A south from SR 202 to U.S. 1 opened to traffic. The portion from U.S. 1 southwest to Interstate 95 was under construction.
- 2005 – SR 9A southerly connection between U.S. 1 and I-95 opened to traffic. Only the section between SR 202 (J. Turner Butler Boulevard) and U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) remained incomplete. Reconstruction begins at the SR 9A/J. Turner Butler interchange.
- 2006 – Final section of SR 9A between SR 202 and U.S. 90 completed. Construction still ongoing at the J. Turner Butler interchange.
- 2008 – Reconstruction of the SR 9A/J. Turner Butler interchange is finished. SR 9A East Beltway around Jacksonville officially complete.
- 2012 – All State Road 9A signage is replaced with Interstate 295 along the entire East Beltway.