After four years, the massive transformation of Interstate 595 is in the home stretch with 95 percent of the work completed. Construction should be complete this spring.
In March, the tolled, reversible express lanes will open, from I-75 and the Sawgrass Expressway on the west end, to U.S. 1, I-95, Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on the east end.
That project provides three additional toll lanes in the median. That flow will reverse direction to handle rush hour traffic: eastbound in the morning, westbound in the afternoon. In theory, this will remove long distance commuter traffic from local traffic.
Electronic message signs placed before the entrance to 595 Express will display the current toll rate which will depend on traffic flow. Tolls will be collected electronically by SunPass via a toll gantry, eliminating transaction times and allowing cars to maintain highway speeds.
Much of the work has been completed on the toll lanes. Drivers on I-595 will see the last work underway over the next few months on the normal non-toll lanes. Constructions crews have begun placing the final layer of asphalt, installing permanent overhead signs and landscaping throughout the project.