Construction to Start on I-295 and Collins Road Interchange | Transportation
The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to start construction on a new $63.4 million interchange at I-295 and Collins Road, beginning February 14.
The project is scheduled to finish in early 2014 and will help alleviate congestion at the nearby interchange at I-295 and Blanding Boulevard. The project will reduce weaving and merging conflicts along I-295 near the Blanding Boulevard interchange and will provide another way to reach Blanding Boulevard and Collins Road in a high-growth area of Northeast Florida.
The project involves constructing new collector-distributor (CD) one-way frontage roads which will run parallel to I-295. The CD roads will provide two additional travel lanes in each direction for 4.3 miles on both sides of I-295. The only access to the Collins Road interchange will be from the new CD lanes and not the I-295 mainline. The CD exit for I-295 southbound will start just south of Morse Avenue with exits at Collins Road and Blanding Boulevard and will proceed with an eventual reconnection with I-295 just before Roosevelt Boulevard. Southbound traffic will be able to access the new CD road from Collins Road and Blanding Boulevard.
The northbound CD will start just north of Roosevelt Boulevard with exits at Blanding Boulevard and Collins Road and will proceed with the reconnection to I-295 before Morse Avenue. Northbound traffic will be able to access the CD road from Blanding Boulevard and Collins Road.
The project also includes lengthening the Blanding Boulevard northbound on-ramp to I-295 southbound and resurfacing Blanding Boulevard from the Duval/Clay county line to Collins Road. New southbound and northbound bridges will be constructed to cross Blanding Boulevard and the Ortega River. The project will tie into the work completed by the City of Jacksonville which constructed a new four-lane overpass on Collins Road over I-295.
Lane closings will occur at night during non peak evening and early morning hours.
The $63.4 million construction project is 99 percent funded with federal dollars. An additional $9.6 million has been spent to purchase 48 acres of property needed for the project, primarily for required retention ponds. Six ponds will be constructed. Property was also acquired near Collins Road to construct the new interchange ramps. FDOT funds are paying for the property purchases.
The project is a design-build contract which means the project design and construction are the responsibilities of the same group. Superior Construction Co. is the contractor, Jacobs Engineering is the designer and GAI Consultants, Inc. is providing construction management services. RS&H, Inc. provided design services in early phases of the project.
Currently, 25 subcontractors will work on the project, and 12 vendors will supply materials and equipment. The contractor estimates that as many as 75 workers will be working on the project during peak construction times. Another 12 private sector employees will be working as part of the project management team.