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Interstate 95 road project set to begin this month

6:15 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 2.3 mile stretch of Interstate 95 south of Downtown will become a construction zone starting this month and it will be that way through 2016.

The $227 million dollar project called the Overland Bridge Replacement on I-95 will result in a redesigned roadway with an interchange added at Philips Highway and Atlantic Boulevard and an overpass replaced near Baptist Medical Center.

The project will also result in an additional southbound lane.

The work is being done because of aging overpasses that have become too costly to maintain. Also, the redesign will improve traffic flow in an area that sees more than 120,000 cars and trucks every day.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman says work could start as early as next week. The project will take three-and-a-half years to complete.

Goldman said commuters there should not see any major road blocks in getting around since all the work will be done at night.

"It is not like somebody's commute to work or school is going to be impacted," said Goldman.

The state has already acquired nearly $60 million worth of homes and businesses to accommodate the work. Some of those structures have already been demolished.

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