Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville goes into squeeze play mode this weekend as a safety enhancement project continues with planned interactive signs on the 3 mile stretch over the St. Johns River.
This means that traffic has been reduced to a lane north at some points in the project along Interstate 295 as the roads are closed, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The $ 10.5 million project will install electronic overhead signs and additional cameras in both directions of the bridge. The signs will show drivers whether the lanes are free flowing, slowed down or blocked to improve traffic flow and safety, the FDOT said. The project should be completed by the end of 2021.
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During this diversion work, all four lanes will be shifted northwards from the outside to the inside. Lane widths are reduced and vary from 10 to 11 feet to allow for an 8 foot emergency shoulder. The speed limit will be lowered from 65 to 55 mph and will then remain in place until the project is completed.
On I-295 North, Express Lanes, and the San Jose Boulevard driveway, note the following:
• Friday 10:00 PM to Saturday 9:30 AM: Double closures of lanes northbound on the bridge, including the northbound express lanes between I-95 and the bridge.
• Saturday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm: Single-lane closure of I-295 to the north at the bridge.
• Saturday from 8pm to 11pm: Double closure of the lanes, including the express lanes of I-295 going north.
• Saturday at 11pm to Sunday at 11am: The three outer lanes of the bridge to the north will be closed along with the driveway from San Jose Boulevard. Drivers will be diverted onto I-295 south and I-295 Express Lanes north will be closed.
• Sunday 11 am to Monday 4 am: Double closure of the outside lane on the bridge to the north. The San Jose Boulevard driveway is closed. Drivers on San Jose planning to use I-295 north will be diverted to the southbound Interstate to get off at Old St. Augustine Road.
Riverside Avenue closes
Meanwhile, a reader tweeted what a single sign on Riverside Avenue near Margaret Street means and said it would close on Monday.
“That’s the whole sign. To? From where to where?” The reader tweeted.
We learned that this was a JEA plumbing sewer project for a condominium on Riverside Ave. 1661 and the repair of manhole covers at the junction with Margaret Street.
The project is expected to be completed by February 12th. However, this means that JEA contractors will have to temporarily close westbound travel and turn the Margaret Street and Riverside Avenue lanes east of the Publix mall driveway on May Street. Access to local apartments is retained. Message boards inform motorists about the road closures with a detour south on Post Street.
In the next week several level crossings will be worked on:
• CSX has rail work to do at an intersection of Kraft Road near Baisden Road. So this part of Kraft closes at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and continues for five to seven days. According to CSX, no vehicles can cross the route until the job is done.
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• FDOT is adding new security measures for level crossings on state roads in Clay and Putnam counties Monday through Friday to prevent accidents there. The locations are: US 17 south of Hall Park Road and US 17 north of Crews Road, both in Green Cove Springs; and US 17 north of County Road 216 in Palatka. All of these projects require road closures. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., including installing lane markings to alert drivers where not to stop and other signs. The crossings are carried out one after the other.
Sandridge Road closures
Finally, work on the First Coast Expressway project means a brief shutdown of Sandridge Road for the next four weeks, the FDOT said. The closings are such that the crews can handle deliveries of the baffle that is to be built along the local expressway.
Questions or concerns about area traffic or road construction can be sent to [email protected]
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549