I throw my proverbial hands up in the air and say all right this is a new adventure, Jarvis said. You have to be willing to go with the flow, and not worry Am I headed in the right direction, the wrong direction or, oh my God, it is blocked off? I cant go the way I normally go. You have got to be willing to be up for an adventure every time you come onto 595.
Describing traveling on I-595 a complete nightmare, Nancy Murphy said she tries to take local roads from her home in Plantation to her job in Sunrise.
Any time I can avoid that mess it is absolutely terrible I will take side streets instead of 595 if I can avoid it, she said.
Many commuters complained about the safeness of driving on the interstate.
Coming home at night is an adventure because of the lack of lighting, said Larry Lowenthal, of Cooper City. And signs arent so good where people have to get off.
But many drivers say with the frequent traffic pattern changes, the trip requires extra caution.
Too many knee jerk decisions by drivers that over-shoot their change of lane for an exit, said Gordon Kirk of Davie. Some have been observed to cut across three lanes of traffic in order to make the new exit.
Karen Wall, of Plantation, said there were times when there wasnt enough time to get over to her Pine Island exit.
Oh my God, they dont even give you time to get over, Wall said.
The number of accidents on I-595 the entire interstate and not just the construction zone increased from 1,200 to 1,500 between 2011 and 2012, according to Florida Highway Patrol Broward spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky. Thats a 25 percent increase.
Some drivers just werent paying attention, Wysocky said.
But now that its a few years into the reconstruction project, the barricades, orange cones and closures have become part of the new normal that drivers expect.
While on her way to the Flamingo Road Nursery, Wall said she easily found the signs for her exit.
Im getting a little used to it, she said.
Some of the quotes from drivers came from the Miami Heralds Public Insight Network. To sign up for the network go to MiamiHerald.com/insight.