In April, Aledys Llorens was riding his motorbike in the I-95 express lanes through northwest Miami-Dade when a driver abruptly plowed through the orange plastic poles, cutting him off in the process.
You’ve seen it happen: You’re driving down I-95, minding your own business, when all of a sudden some douchebag in the express lane realizes he or she is about to miss an exit and abruptly plows through the orange plastic poles, forcing you to slam on the brakes and narrowly avoid a messy accident.
FDOT District Secretary James Wolfe declared express lanes “a success”
Look for more divider poles on Interstate 95 express lanes by fall and runoff spots to accommodate stopped cars by 2018.
As for the stopping zones, they’ll be created by moving barrier walls. That takes more time (estimated early 2018) and money ($8.5 million). Wolfe said the construction costs are unrelated to tolls.
New, sturdier, plastic poles are going to be installed on the Express Lanes of I-95 in Miami-Dade to make them safer.
In addition to installing the new poles, the DOT will also build five 13-foot wide “Safe Stopping Zones” along the highway. Currently the way a law enforcement officer can pull over a driver is in moving lane of traffic. The safe zone will change that.
The increase in poles will reduce the 10-foot gap between them to five feet. In addition to adding more poles, officials said, they will replace the current poles with more sturdy ones.
7News cameras captured bent and broken poles along I-95 in Northwest Miami-Dade. Some of them are even missing in some places. That’s because, in their current condition, it’s fairly easy for drivers to weave in and out of them.
For the past month Local 10 News has been reporting on the safety concerns that state troopers and drivers have about I-95 express lanes.
There have been a record number of crashes on the interstate, a number of which have been fatal, and some troopers said they cannot do their jobs safely.
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The Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) announced today that it has plans to create a bumpered “texting lane” along the Dolphin Expressway. “This is a necessary step we must take as a community to ensure public safety,” said MDX spokeswoman Anne Hinga, noting that educational campaigns about the dangers of
The plastic poles are still going up and tolls are not yet being charged, but many drivers say the new express lanes on Interstate 95 in southern Broward County have already made the road more crowded and more dangerous.
Some South Florida lawmakers are calling for the Florida Department of Transportation to make immediate changes to the Interstate 95 express lanes in Miami-Dade County, including removing the plastic poles.
After a deadly crash shut down parts of I-95 for hours, police said a 75-year-old driver who cut through the express lanes’ plastic poles is to blame.