Sturdier, closer poles being installed along I-95 express lanes

A view of the I-95 express lanes in Miami.
A view of the I-95 express lanes in Miami. El Nuevo Herald

New and ongoing road projects will slow down the commute this week in Miami-Dade County on Interstate 95, State Roads 836 and 826, and the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike.

On I-95, workers are installing sturdier plastic poles to separate express lanes from regular lanes to prevent the dangerous and illegal practice of “lane diving,” a vehicle entering or leaving the express lanes by crashing through the plastic pole delineators. Besides replacing the flimsy poles with more durable ones, the space between each pole will be reduced from 10 to 5 feet. Installation of the new poles is being done at night over the next 10 weeks.

Elsewhere on I-95, workers will build five new emergency stopping sites along the express lanes from Northwest 62nd to 131st streets. Construction is expected to begin in January and last about one year. Also on I-95, workers this week began a pedestrian overpass repair project at Northwest 65th Street, a project that will take six months to complete.

Meanwhile, on 836, the westbound loop ramp exit to southbound Northwest 27th Avenue and the loop ramp entrance on 27th Avenue to the eastbound expressway will be permanently closed this week as part of ongoing highway renovation work.

Workers involved in the project to build express lanes on 826 will close all eastbound and westbound on Northwest 138th Street at the junction with 826 through Friday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. Also, the ramp from Interstate 75 to 826 northbound will be closed through Friday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night.

On the Turnpike, up to two lanes in either direction between Southwest 216th Street and Eureka Drive may be closed nightly from10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday for express lane construction and widening. Also on the Turnpike, one lane in either direction between Eureka Drive and Killian Parkway may be closed nightly through Thursday. Similarly, one lane in either direction will be closed from Killian Parkway to Kendall Drive through Thursday. Closures begin at 9:30 p.m. each night and expand to two lanes at 10:30 p.m., reopening by 5 a.m. the next day.