Florida DOT proposes reversible lanes on Interstate 595

| 11/29/2005

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 Herald.