The Archer Western–RS&H Team has embarked on our most ambitious design-build approach to date. Currently, I-295 suffers from undesirable weave movements due to the close proximity of the I-95 and US 17 interchanges. To solve this issue, our team partnered closely with FDOT District 2, through the ATC process, to provide vital enhancements to soften roadway grades, improve driver comfort, and reduce long-term maintenance costs.
Our design incorporates C-D roads in both directions. I-295 traffic will use a single exit to the C-D road to access both I-95 and US 17 in either direction. This will improve the I-295 mainline operations by reducing the number of ramps accessing it and moving the existing weave off the interstate. To reduce the turbulence on I-95, on-ramps have been consolidated from both east and west directions before being introduced to I-95.
Our innovative approach to the interchange configuration has completely eliminated all new segmental bridges and complicated Category 2 structures from the project. By weaving the C-D roads through the existing interchange and restacking key movements, a more compact and visually appealing facility will be constructed. We have eliminated the use of post-tensioned elements, reduced the bridge square footage (by 65%), and reduced the average wall and structure height. This will significantly reduce the required long-term inspections and maintenance cost.