Construction crews will then take about 10 weeks to rebuild the southern end and its new foundations, steel support beams and concrete surface in the new location. They will also reinforce the existing steel support beams, which will require an additional closure of westbound I-595.
The new flyover will open before Thanksgiving and will lead commuters onto eastbound State Road 84, giving them the option to take the eastbound on-ramp to I-595 or continue on eastbound State Road 84 to Davie Road.
The new Davie off-ramp is an example of what will exist at each exit, a “braided” ramp, meaning the traffic is separated on different elevations. Motorists from eastbound State Road 84 and from the flyover will travel on the “ground level” to get on the highway. Eastbound I-595 traffic exiting to Davie Road will use an upper level off-ramp.
This will eliminate the current conflicting traffic as drivers merge on and off the highway in the same spot.
“It is more efficient to bring people off the highway and then bring them on afterward,” Lampley said. “It also eliminates the possibility of any kind of accidents happening in that area.”
In addition, the second flyover that connects northbound University Drive and westbound I-595 will close for three weeks at some point after the first flyover is reopened.
Meanwhile, construction on other parts of the highway will continue nightly, including the addition of other lanes and the installation of street lights along the highway between State Road 7 and Interstate 75.
Lampley said drivers should be careful and alert while driving past construction areas, particularly at night when lanes are closed or redirected.
But with the construction’s progress past the halfway mark, Lampley asked commuters to remember that the current inconveniences are paving the way to a quicker and more efficient drive in the future.
“We are on schedule and actually a little ahead,” he said. “Be patient. We have only 1 1/2 years left, so we’re almost finished.”