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I-295, SR 9A Getting $1.3 Million Name Change
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State Road 9A is being turned over to the feds.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman announced this morning that State Road 9A will now become Interstate 295, meaning the entire 61-mile loop around Jacksonville will officially be the same road.

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I-295 currently runs on the west side of I-95 from the Northside to Mandarin, and 9A comprises the eastern half of the road.

Starting Dec. 4, the names of both will change.

What is currently State Road 9A will become the "I-295 East Beltway," and the current I-295 will be the "I-295 West Beltway."

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Goldman said a $1.3 million project will get underway next week to change about 350 signs throughout the loop and its access roads, and add 13 new sign structures.  The money is being provided by the Florida DOT.

The work should last through the winter and be completed in the spring.  During the project, lanes may be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

The contractor is Tampa-based Highway Safety Devices, Inc., and the Jacksonville office of Jones, Edmonds and Associates Construction Engineering Services is managing the project.

Once complete, the I-295 beltway will be part of the federal interstate highway system.

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