The Florida Department of Transportation is
proposing adding reversible lanes on a 13-mile stretch of Interstate 595 in
Broward County, an area made famous – or infamous – for its “hanging chad” problems during the 2000 presidential elections.
The plan, which was brought before a public
hearing Tuesday, Nov. 29, consists of two separate proposals. Under the first
proposal, two additional lanes – which will change direction in the morning and
afternoon based on traffic flow – will be built where the median is on the
roadway between Fort Lauderdale and Weston, at a cost of $1.4 billion,
according to WPLG-TV.
The second plan would add three elevated
reversible lanes in the middle of the roadway, with a slightly higher cost than
the first proposal, WPLG-TV reported.
If approved, the lanes should be up and
running by 2020, according to The Miami