lanes are implemented on I-95 in Florida’s Palm Beach County, they would
be at least five to six years away, The Palm Beach Post reported
Commissioner Burt Aaronson told the newspaper he would like to move on
the lanes immediately. And he recently secured approval from the Metropolitan
Planning Organization for a study on the idea.
the Florida Department of Transportation would like to wait until the
widening of I-95 is completed, a project that is at least five years
from being finished. After widening, the highway will be 10 lanes wide,
as opposed to the current six.
traveling through Palm Beach County are already prohibited from I-95’s
left lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel in January that the proposal
was designed to cut down on accidents between cars and trucks on the
highway. And it garnered support from the state Department of Transportation
and the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
the DOT seems to have had some second thoughts. The Post reported
that in an investigation, the agency could not find another state that
had a similar restriction. DOT officials told the newspaper the lack
of right-lane-only rules for trucks was probably because the rules would
make it hard for trucks to pass slower-moving vehicles and for cars to
enter or exit highways – contentions that Aaronson rejects.
isn’t alone in trying to restrict trucks in the area. Rep. Irv Slosberg
told The Sun-Sentinel in early February he would sponsor a bill
that would extend the current nighttime left-lane ban and extend it to
24 hours a day.
at the capitol told Land Line Feb. 21 the bill had not been introduced
yet. Rep. Slosberg’s office could not be reached for comment.
people died in accidents that involved trucks in Palm Beach County in
2000, which The Sun-Sentinel, citing figures from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said was the third highest number
of any county in the state.