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FDOT adding highway express lanes, Hollywood learns

Interstate 95 expanded express lanes coming soon to Hollywood.

The Florida Department of Transportation recently presented the City Commission with efforts to improve I-95 Express Lanes within the limits of Hollywood, phase two of a years-long project.

The purpose of express lanes is to provide an alternative to congestion, and to serve drivers who are making long-distance trips. It will provide additional system capacity on I-95.

The 1-95 project will run from south of Stirling Road to south of Broward Boulevard. Construction will extend south of Hollywood Boulevard to accommodate southernmost express lane entrances and exits. The I-595 project will run east of State Road 7 to east of I-95.

Major improvements include the addition of two express lanes, one in each direction on I-95 from Stirling Road to Broward Boulevard, including ramp signaling. There will be express lanes entering and exiting north of Hollywood Boulevard and north of Stirling Road; direct connections between northbound and southbound I-95 express and I-595 to and from the west; and a widening of the I-595 median.

Improvements will also be made to the I-95/SR 84 interchange, including a new westbound SR 84 bridge over I-95 and a northbound ramp bridge-widening. There will be a widening of the I-95 bridges at Hollywood Boulevard, Johnson Street, the C-10 Canal, Taft Street, Stirling Road, the C-10 Spur Canal, Griffin Road and the Dania Cutoff Canal.

The express lanes are priced to limit demand and maintain a minimum speed of 45 mph, resulting in a more reliable travel time. The express lanes can provide additional transit options such as express bus service and park-and-ride connectivity/multimodal connections.

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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