Plastic poles coming soon along I-95 express lanes in Broward County

Drivers will have to pay to use express lanes once poles are in place

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The new express lanes on Interstate 95 in Broward County will soon be operational.

Crews will begin installing orange plastic poles along the I-95 express lanes next week.

Once the poles -- similar to the ones already in place in Miami-Dade County -- are installed, drivers will have to pay to use the express lanes.

"We want to remind people that when they see the plastic poles, once the system's operational, once you get in there, you will not be able to get out until the designated areas for exits," Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.

Installation is scheduled to begin Monday on an eight-mile stretch of I-95, picking up from the Golden Glades interchange in Miami-Dade County to just south of Broward Boulevard.

The installation is the second phase of a nearly $63 million project creating express lanes along I-95 in South Florida. Express lanes give drivers the option of paying a toll to avoid traffic congestion.

"They've been very successful helping move traffic, especially in Miami-Dade, so that's why we're moving it further into Broward to help with congestion," Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Barbara Kelleher said.

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