Interstate 295 and 375 in Florida
Florida Interstate 295
Interstate 295 or I -295 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Florida. The highway forms the ring road around the city of Jacksonville and is 98 kilometers long.
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I-295 on the south side of Jacksonville.
The Dames Point Bridge on the east side of Jacksonville.
I-295 begins southeast of Jacksonville on Interstate 95 and heads west along the south side of Jacksonville. The section between I-95 and Buckman Bridge over the St. John River has 2×5 lanes, including 2 express lanes in each direction. The Buckman Bridge has 2×4 lanes, then I-295 has 2×3 lanes, then the road curves north and runs along the west side of Jacksonville. The highway then crosses Interstate 10, whereupon the highway narrows from 2×3 to 2×2 lanes. This part of Jacksonville is less densely built and partly still consists of forests. The highway curves east and intersects Interstate 95for the second time. One then crosses St. John for the second time, with I-295 also having 2×2 lanes along the east side of Jacksonville. A full turbine interchange then follows with State Route 202, one of the few in the United States. Further south of this, 2×3 lanes are available, after which I-295 returns to the starting point.
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Planning for I-295 began in the early 1960s and became more concrete in the late 1960s, after which the first 16-mile stretch between I-95 and SR-134 in south Jacksonville opened in 1970. In 1973 this section was extended 8 kilometers north to I-10. In 1975, a short two-mile stretch to Commonwealth Avenue opened, then in 1977 the highway to I-95 in north Jacksonville was opened for 12 miles.
For a long time, I-295 was only a western bypass of Jacksonville. The eastern bypass was constructed later, and was initially numbered as SR9A. The first section of this opened in 1983, from I-95 in the north to US 17 for 2 kilometers. In the late 1980s, the rest up to I-95 in the south was constructed as a super two with traffic lights. Between 2006 and 2009, SR9A was upgraded to Interstate Highway, including the turbine interchange with SR202. As of December 4, 2011, this section was renumbered as I-295, which became 40 kilometers longer.
Between 2016 and 2022, the interchange with I-95 north of Jacksonville was reconstructed. The interchange had left-wing exits on I-295, which have been replaced by flyovers. The node thus became a stack with 3 flyovers. Work started on November 3, 2016 and was completed by the end of 2022.
I-295 on the north side of Jacksonville.
Between 2014 and 2019, express lanes were built on the southern portion of I-295, from the interchange with I-95 to Buckman Bridge. The highway has been widened from 2×3 to 2×5 lanes. Construction started in May 2014 and the express lanes were inaugurated 5 years later on May 18, 2019. The express lanes are criticized for low usage.
Express lanes have also been built on the eastern portion of I-295, between State Route 202 and State Route 9B. This will cost $180 million. Construction started at the end of 2016 and the express lanes were inaugurated on April 9, 2022.
125,000 vehicles drive daily in south Jacksonville between I-95 and the Buckman Bridge, with 137,000 vehicles on the Buckman Bridge. There were 123,000 vehicles south of I-10 and 84,000 vehicles north of it. West of I-95 in north Jacksonville, there were 63,000 vehicles and 68,000 vehicles east of it. 74,000 vehicles crossed the Dames Point Bridge in eastern Jacksonville and 100,000 vehicles north of State Route 202. 90,000 vehicles passed between I-795 and I-95.
Florida Interstate 375
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Interstate 375 or I -375 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Florida. The highway is a short branch off Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg, one of the centers in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. The route is barely 2 kilometers long and connects downtown St. Petersburg with I-275.
Part of a planned highway from St. Petersburg to Clearwater in the 1970s, I-375 was to form a north-south route across the peninsula via what is now the US 19 corridor. The highway was constructed in the late 1970s and opened in phases, first on January 17, 1978, a one-mile stretch to 9th Street, and the slip roads to 4th and 5th Avenues in January 1979.