FDOT begins I-95/I-10 operational improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) held an open house June 1 at its Training Center to share its plans for operational improvements to the interchange at Interstate 10 and Interstate 95, the Fuller Warren Bridge, and along U.S.17 between McDuff Avenue and Rosselle Street.

The designers, engineers, contractors and FDOT teams working to make the improvements were available to answer questions.   

Improvements for the Fuller Warren Bridge portion of I-95 include widening of the Fuller Warren Bridge expanding northbound and southbound lanes from three lanes to four lanes.

A Shared Use Path (SUP) will be added parallel to the traffic lanes on the southbound side of the Fuller Warren Bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists connecting San Marco and Riverside communities. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be separated from traffic by a 10-foot shoulder and a standard three-and-a-half-foot tall barrier wall with an additional 10-foot tall fence.

Additionally, three vantage viewing points will be created along the Shared Use Path.

The I-10 improvements will include a dedicated ramp to Irene and Stockton Streets to reduce weaving traffic merging from I-95 southbound to I-10 westbound.

The overpass from I-95 northbound to I-10 westbound will be widened, allowing for future improvements along I-10 westbound.

In addition, sound barriers for residents will be built along U.S.17 between McDuff Avenue and Rosselle Street, and along the south side of I-10 eastbound between Stockton and College Streets. New monument signs will be constructed for Stockton and College Streets.

FDOT is also looking at the aesthetics of the Shared Use Path on the Riverside on-ramp to the path near Riverside Arts Market (RAM), citing inspirational and decorative earth wall designs.

Architecturally decorative lighting features along the bridge’s Shared Use Path will be installed. The new bridge elements of the Shared Use Path will mirror current bridge elements with special RAM and Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens artistic features.

The public can find more information about the project at Your10and95.com. The site will offer an overview of various aspects of the project, ongoing updates, progress photos, maps and plans, including an option for submitting a question or comment.   

The project began in May with survey work and the installation of erosion fences.

In June, construction crews began filling in the ponds under I-95 along Riverside Avenue to make way for a new public parking lot to be constructed on the west side of Riverside Avenue scheduled for completion by November 1, 2017. In early fall, bridge construction is expected to begin on the south side of the Fuller Warren Bridge.

Completion is anticipated in summer 2020. Construction costs are $126 million. The FDOT hired Archer Western as the contractor and Construction Management Services: Eisman & Russo for this project.

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