The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six in conjunction with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) held a press conference on June 2, 2016 to introduce proposed safety measures on I-95 in Miami-Dade County to enhance law enforcement and reduce dangerous driver behavior in the express lanes and the non-tolled general use lanes.
District Six Secretary James Wolfe provided opening remarks, followed by FHP spokesperson Trooper Joe Sanchez and Troop E Commander Major Christopher Dellapietra who spoke about increased enforcement along the express lanes.
Also introduced during the press conference is the plan to construct dedicated emergency/enforcement pull-off zones along the corridor. These areas will contain wider shoulders that measure at least 13 feet in width and 1800 feet in length, offering law enforcement officials and the motoring public an area to safely pull off the express lanes. Construction of the pull-off lanes will begin as early as May 2017 and should be completed by the end of 2018.
Following the press conference, attendees were given a demonstration of the enforcement pull-off areas by FHP and were allowed to view the new plastic poles up close as part of a mock express lane set-up specifically created for the event.
In attendance were local print, radio, and TV stations which included two Spanish-speaking TV stations.