Palm Beach County will soon see express lanes extend from Miami along I-95 into Delray Beach.
“I don’t see that it is going to do anything other than just cause more traffic problems,” said Delray Beach resident Arthur Brown.
FDOT has been working on phases of the project in South Florida and phase three will extend into Palm Beach County.
We have had the biggest issue with getting to Miami quickly, the express lanes for us would be like the biggest miracle,” said Katrina Finger in Boca Raton.
The plan is to create the two express lanes using one of the existing HOV lanes and widen I-95 to keep the existing number of general use lanes. This will mean construction, but FODT says they will work at night.
“They won’t always do it at night, so it will be terrible,” said Abbie Czelusiak.
Crews have started clearing the sides of the road and sound walls in Boca Raton, construction from SW 10th Street and Glades Road should start in the next few months and construction from Glades to Linton will start around 2020.
The toll for the roads will be the same as they are in Miami. They will range from .50 cents to $10.50.
According to FDOT's website, the purpose of the express lanes is to "improve mobility, relieve congestion, provide additional travel options, enhance transit services, accommodate future growth and development in the region, enhance emergency evacuation, and improve system connectivity between key limited access facilities in South Florida."
The video below explains the next phase of the project.