We all know how dreadful I-95 can be during rush hour in Florida. News of proposed plans to make I-95 express lanes to expand further north has come into the picture…finally. And it might happen sooner than the intended start year of 2021.
The plans are to expand the tolled lanes as far north as Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. Right now, there is construction going on that will be adding these express lanes in both directions between the Golden Glades interchange and Stirling Road and one express lane each way from Stirling to Broward Boulevard. There will be two public hearings to vote on these projects this month.
There will be different access points to enter or exit the express lanes between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Some of them are just south of Davie Boulevard, south of Griffin Road, at Ives Dairy Road and at the Golden Glades Interchange. Access points north of Fort Lauderdale are planned to be south of Cypress Creek Road, at Southwest 10th Street in Deerfield Beach and at Congress Avenue in Boca Raton.
The tolls will be determined by the volume of traffic. If there is light traffic, it can be as low as 25 cents but if the traffic volume is high, it can be as high as $7. Those involved in making these plans are doing studies in improving traffic flow, speeding, and preventing collisions. In just a period of five years, there have been more than 3,700 crashes between Stirling Road and Oakland Park.