Permanent changes are coming to 95 Express. Over the last few weeks, workers completed paving and striping in Miami-Dade County and installed plastic poles in both directions to separate new express lanes from the general use lanes.
In May, the northbound express lane exit located north of the Golden Glades Flyover was relocated to just south of Ives Dairy Road and a second northbound express lane was introduced between the Flyover and Miami Gardens Drive. In June, the southbound express lane entrance located south of Miami-Gardens Drive moved north to just south of Ives Dairy Road and a second southbound express lane was introduced between Ives Dairy Road and State Road 826. Extensive public outreach and media coordination prior to these events assured that the public was aware of these changes well in advance.
Since 2008, drivers in Miami-Dade County have enjoyed the travel options offered by 95 Express.
95 Express Phase 2 is extending the existing express lanes north from the Golden Glades Interchange in Miami-Dade County to just south of Broward Boulevard in Broward County. FDOT is accomplishing this by converting the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes into two express lanes in each direction.
Drivers can take advantage of the new express lanes without paying a toll in these new segments until construction is completed later this year. However, tolls are still enforced for the existing express lanes between the Golden Glades Interchange and Downtown Miami.
In Broward County, workers are repaving northbound and southbound I-95 from the Miami-Dade County Line to Griffin Road. Paving in Broward County will continue for several weeks. Installation of plastic poles in Broward County will begin later this summer, when all paving and striping is completed.
Other project-related work includes installing Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and tolling equipment, widening five bridges (Snake Creek, Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Pembroke Road, Hollywood Boulevard and Stirling Road), and installing noise barrier walls at various locations between Hollywood Boulevard and Taft Street. Construction began Monday, November 28, 2011, will last until late summer 2015, and will cost an estimated $120 million.
For information about 95 Express, please visit www.95express.com