Driving on South Florida’s Highways Under Construction
If you live in South Florida, you are more than familiar with what seems like perpetual highway construction. While it may be a nuisance now, hopefully we will be commuting more efficiently in the near future. There are some important steps to take when driving in highway construction areas. First, be mindful of any workers present on the roadway. Second, speed limits will likely be in place. Third, barricades, merging lanes, closed exits, and detours can cause unexpected traffic patterns and congestion. It is important that you drive distraction free and alert to the roadway. Reduce your speed and give yourself extra time when commuting.
Current Highway Construction in Miami Dade County:
Diverging Diamond Interchange:
MDX SR 836 Modernization from NW 57th Avenue to NW 17th Avenue
Description : "MDX is making improvements to the most congested segment of SR 836, between NW 57th Avenue and NW 17th Avenue. One lane will be added in each direction to increase capacity and the interchanges will be improved to reduce congestion and backups onto local roads. The intersections at NW 57th Avenue and NW 27th Avenue will be completely reconstructed with an innovative traffic solution called Diverging Diamond Interchange or DDI for short to improve access to the surrounding areas for drivers entering and exiting the expressway. The left lane exits to Miami international Airport at NW 42nd Avenue will be eliminated and replaced with new right lane exits that will improve traffic flow. Lastly, MDX is reinforcing the inside shoulders of the expressway to allow Miami-Dade County express busses to drive on the shoulders when expressway speeds dip below 35 MPH."
MDX SR 836 Interchange Improvements at 87th Avenue
Description : "MDX has begun construction of the SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Interchange Improvements at NW 87th Avenue in the Doral/Fontainbleau area. The project will complete system-to-system connections between SR 836 and the Palmetto Expressway and provide increased capacity to meet future traffic needs along SR 836. The main purpose of the project is to improve traffic operations and safety of the SR 836 and NW 87th Avenue Interchange by reconstructing the entrance and exit ramps and widening NW 12th Street between NW 87th and NW 82nd Avenues. A significant improvement will be the addition of a new flyover entrance ramp that will provide a direct connection from westbound NW 12th Street to westbound SR 836. The new entrance ramp will substantially reduce congestion at the intersection of NW 87th Avenue and NW 12th Street. The project also includes the construction of sound barriers, signing and pavement markings, lighting, drainage, utility coordination, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) infrastructure and landscaping."
I-395/SR 836/I-95 DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT:
"The I-395/SR 836/I-95 Project is a partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), with construction limits on State Road (SR) 836 beginning at NW 17 Avenue and continuing through the SR 836/I-395/I-95 (Midtown) Interchange to the MacArthur Causeway Bridge. The limits on I-95 are from NW 8 Street to NW 29 Street."