By NewsLine Staff

Crews have completed the installation of express lane delineators on I- 295 between I-95 and the Buckman Bridge, marking a significant milestone in the express lanes project. The orange delineators serve to separate the general use lanes from the tolled Express Lanes. According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the lanes are expected to open to traffic this spring, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.

Crews worked nightly, under a lane closure, for nearly a month to install the delineators on I-295. The delineators are separated every five feet and applied directly to the asphalt with epoxy.

Prior to allowing vehicles to enter the lanes, a series of tests must be completed by Florida Department of Transportation officials. The tests will ensure tolling devices function correctly and actively work to reduce congestion through dynamic tolling.

Express lanes are known as an “expressway within an expressway” where express lanes are separated from general use lanes. The toll rate for express lanes will vary depending on the amount of traffic within the express lanes. Generally, fewer cars using the lanes means a less expensive toll. Dynamic message signs will show the current toll rate. Due to electronic tolling cars are not required to stop to pay the toll and must have a SunPass or face a penalty.

The $89 million project was awarded to Dragados USA and is expected to be completed this spring, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.

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