Broward County drivers now have three extra lanes on I-595.
And they’re reversible. The three lanes start at 136th Avenue and run through Florida’s Turnpike.
It’s the first congestion-busting scheme of its kind in South Florida and officials have been prepping commuters to use the changeable lanes.
The reversible lanes are sandwiched like a median between the general-purpose lanes. Gates will open and close to guide drivers in and out of them – and keep people from going the wrong way.
The Florida Department of Transportation wants to make sure people get it before they open it to the public. At an information session in Davie, FDOT's project construction manager explained how to use the lanes, the hours of operations and what ramps to use.
Every vehicle needs a SunPass and it’ll cost between 50 cents and $2, depending on traffic.
The speed limit is 70 mph. The lanes open eastbound from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m., and westbound from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Lampley reminds everyone that these lanes are meant for long commutes.
“There are no entrance points in the middle," said Lampley. "So once you get on the west end, you’ll have to proceed all the way to the east end.”
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