As if you weren’t contending with enough road construction on major arteries like A1A in Flagler Beach and U.S. 1 at Old Dixie Highway, add this one to your commute for the next year and a half: work is starting Monday on the complete resurfacing of all 18 miles of Flagler County’s portion of I-95. It won’t be done until the fall of 2020, and it will entail lane closures.
The work begins Monday on the northbound lanes, starting from Palm Coast Parkway north.
The Florida Department of Transportation is leading the project. Drivers can expect single lane closures during the day and double lane closures at night on northbound I-95 from north of Palm Coast Parkway (Exit 289) to the St. Johns County line. Single lane closures will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., while double lane closures may occur from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The $28.8 million project will mill and resurface all travel lanes of I-95 from the Old Dixie Highway interchange (Exit 278) to the St. Johns County line, including on ramps and off ramps. Work also includes shoulder treatment, additional guardrail, signal improvements at the State Road 100 and Palm Coast Parkway interchanges, as well as other safety enhancements and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) components. (Intelligent transportation systems “encompass a broad range of wireless and wire line communications-based information and electronics technologies,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.” For example, “Travelers will also benefit from real-time, multimodal information that will lead to more efficient and eco-friendly choices regarding travel routes and modal choices,” while the same real-time information will help transportation agencies and first responders.)
The contractor plans to start pavement work on both northbound and southbound I-95 in the northern segment of the project from north of Palm Coast Parkway to the St. Johns County line. The contractor will then begin work on the southern segment from the Volusia County line to north of Palm Coast Parkway.
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2020. That’s the estimate. But don’t bet on it: DOT projects are not known to live and die by deadlines. (The $2.3 billion I-4 reconstruction through Orlando is almost a year behind and $100 million over budget, garnering a “negative outlook” from Moody’s Investor Service last June.)
Schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances. Electronic message boards and other signage will help to direct motorists. Updates are available on the FDOT Central Florida website, www.cflroads.com.