South Florida drivers fear traffic impact from extension of I-95 express lanes

Crews to begin expanding express lanes from Fort Lauderdale to Deerfield Beach

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Jonathan Renuart sums up driving in South Florida with two words: "It's hell."

When he and other motorists heard about the changes coming to the Interstate 95 express lanes in Broward County, they had mixed feelings as the plan to expand the express lanes and add more lanes.

"South Florida is a lot of construction in general," Errol Chin said. "So we're never going to escape that. As soon as they finish that, there's going to be another project going on."

Delays may start as soon as Sunday night when crews will begin extending the I-95 express lanes in both directions by converting the high occupancy vehicle lane from Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale to Southwest 10th Street in Deerfield Beach.

"I could see that being, you know, a hassle for people getting to work at the rush hour times,” Chin said.

Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Andrea Pacini said that won’t be the case.

"Lane closures are only allowed at night from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to help minimize that traffic impact, so we won't be out there working during the day or rush hour," Pacini said.

The two-phase, $300 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.