New poles to better divide express lanes on I-95 in Miami-Dade County

FDOT to begin installing more durable poles on Wednesday

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation will begin installing new poles along Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County Wednesday to better divide the express lanes from the general-use lanes

FDOT officials said the space between each pole will also be reduced from its current placement of 10 feet to 5 feet.

FDOT and the Florida Highway Patrol hope that the more durable poles and their placements will dissuade drivers from illegally driving over the plastic poles.

Officials said the poles will be installed at night over the next 10 weeks.

There will also be five new emergency stopping sites along the I-95 Express corridor from Northwest 62nd Street to Northwest 131st Street.

The shoulders will be 13 feet wide and between 1,200 and 1,900 feet long. The bigger areas will give law enforcement and drivers more room to pull off the express lanes for emergency stops.

Construction on the new stopping sites is scheduled to begin in January and will take about a year to complete.

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