New I-10 eastbound travel lane opens next week

I-10 wideningChipley, Fla., March 21, 2019–The new eastbound travel lane on Interstate 10 between Avalon Boulevard and the Escambia Bay Bridge is scheduled to open next week.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, once open the week of March 24, all six lanes–three in each direction–will be accessible to traffic through the construction zone.

Drivers can expect alternating east and westbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 24 through March 28 as crews perform paving operations.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The I-10 widening project is designed to improve approximately 10 miles of the highway in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.

Phase II of the project focused on Santa Rosa County between the Avalon Boulevard interchange at exit 22 and the Escambia Bay Bridge.

The work is scheduled for completion this spring.

Work included widening I-10 from four to six lanes in both directions from east of exit 22, Avalon Boulevard, west to the Escambia Bay Bridge, widening the on and off ramps and reconstructing the interstate overpass at Avalon.

The construction was part of a $90 million FDOT initiative to improve mobility, reduce congestion and enhance safety for an estimated 40,000 daily drivers through that corridor each day, according to the state transportation department.

Staff and Florida Department of Transportation release

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