I-95

Fatal Crash Closes Stretch Of I-95 In South Broward

Oct 31, 2019

A northbound stretch of Interstate 95 was closed to traffic before dawn Thursday because of a crash that the Florida Highway Patrol says involves a fatality.

The crash near the exit to Pembroke Road (Exit 19) was reported shorty after 2 a.m., according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

One northbound express lane appears to be getting through the crash scene, but mainline I-95 traffic is being diverted off the highway at Pembroke Road. Delays are stretching back to Ives Dairy Road in Miami-Dade County.

FDOT/MDX

For the next few weeks, getting in and out of downtown Miami will be a bit of a challenge for people who use I-95 to get there.

Starting this week, parts of I-95 will be shutting down for night-time construction.

Tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday night — all southbound I-95 lanes will be closed — from the Airport Expressway to the Dolphin Expressway between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

All northbound lanes on I-95 will also be closed from SR 836/I-395 to SR 112/I-195 on select dates starting Wednesday, also between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

FDOT/MDX

The shutdown of Northeast 12th Street has begun. And so have the headaches for thousands of drivers.

On Monday, the street will permanently close from Biscayne Boulevard to Northeast First Avenue. That follows last Monday’s shutdown of the ramp to westbound I-395 and I-95.

For the past week, drivers have had to continue west on 12th to get on the highway. Starting next week, the new routine changes even more: Commuters and downtown visitors will have to turn right on 13th Street and left on First Avenue to get on the highway.

Streets of Wynwood
WLRN file

The Florida Department of Transportation is exploring potential new exits off of Interstate 95, directly into Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The proposed exit ramps would lead directly into the heart of the area on Northwest 29th Street, according to FDOT documents seen by WLRN.

In recent years, Wynwood has become one of the largest tourist destinations in the region. But to access the neighborhood, I-95 drivers have to either pass it and get off on the north, near the Midtown area, or on the south, near the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Florida Dept. of Transportation

Drivers heading into Miami-Dade through the spaghetti of merging highways known as the Golden Glades Interchange can expect significant delays after a dramatic fatal crash early Friday.

Avery Dania Pointe
Courtesy of The Meyers Group / WLRN

Construction is underway on what will be a 102-acre mixed-use development full of shops, restaurants, offices and apartments called Dania Pointe - where the iconic old Dania Beach Hurricane roller coaster used to be. 

The first phase of retail space will have its grand-opening Nov. 1. A few retailers, including Starbucks, have opened in the last two weeks by the Stirling Road entrance. 

Phase Two will have more shops and hotel rooms along I-95, but is not expected to open until fall of next year. 

Express Lanes On I-95 To Be Revamped With New Poles

Jun 2, 2016
Orange traffic posts
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

 

Third time is the charm. Or so hopes the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), who has launched yet another plan to prevent dangerous  “lane-diving” or weaving in and out of the express lanes of I-95 in Miami-Dade County.  

 

Starting immediately, the current poles that define the express lanes from Downtown Miami to the Golden Glades Interchange will be substituted for new, sturdier models. They will also be placed closed together -spaced 5 feet instead of 10 feet- to discourage drivers  from running the poles over.

Alyce and Neil Robertson / Courtesy

There are details of this story that Alyce and Neil Robertson don’t quite agree on.

“We were on our way to a wedding on a Saturday afternoon,” recalls Alyce.

“A Sunday, yeah,” recalls Neil, “we were on our way to a wedding.”

This Saturday (or Sunday) wedding trip roughly 20 (or 30) years ago has become a go-to party story for the Robertsons, who can at least agree that they were disagreeing at the time.

I-95 Express Lanes Expanding To The North

May 19, 2015
Florida Department of Transportation

The Interstate 95 express lanes are advancing to the north. This week, workers began installing more plastic poles on northbound I-95, part of the “Phase 2” construction that will eventually extend the lanes into Broward County.

While the Florida Department of Transportation plans to expand both northbound and southbound express lanes to Davie Boulevard, the current construction is only on the northbound lanes and will stop at the Broward County line.

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

Wait, I-95 Has A Speed Limit?

Feb 24, 2015
Kenny Malone

I spent last Thursday, in the thick of afternoon rush hour, at the I-95 on-ramp just southwest of the Arsht Center. At around 4:30 p.m., the scene is one-half auto show, one-half salmon-spawning.

I walked from open window to open window hoping to confirm something I’ve always suspected: People don’t really know what the speed limit is on I-95. Even the people seconds away from driving on it.

Greg Castillo

At around 5 a.m. on March 5, 2011, five motorists were standing on the emergency shoulder of the Interstate 95 express lanes after a series of accidents.

"Meanwhile, a drunk driver entered the toll lanes. Speeding. Lost control," says attorney Edward Blumberg. "And then struck all five people... and hit them head on."

Four people died on the scene, the fifth died at Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to police records.

Kenny Malone

There is nothing worse than a three paragraph preamble to a listicle. So all you need to know for this, in case you haven’t been following our End of the Road series, is that WLRN spent the last year doing stories about the final 87 miles of Interstate 95 -- the South Florida stretch. We’ve learned some very useful/strange things along the way.

Please enjoy the following facts for personal use and distribution while attending local cocktail and dinner parties.

Florida Department of Transportation

Those poor, orange plastic poles didn’t stand a chance against Bliss Aruj. The 17-year-old had just started driving. She was cruising along “in” the I-95 express lanes.

“My mom goes, ‘Bliss! You’re hitting the cones!’” Bliss recalls. “I think I might have taken out about 20 of them in a row.”

LISTEN: A Father-Daughter Dance With I-95 Destiny

Jan 14, 2015
Kenny Malone / WLRN

Sixteen-year-old Nina Galoppi says she and her friends simply call I-95 "The Big Road." Many of them avoid it altogether, opting instead for slower, smaller roads to get around.

"It's a really scary road when you think about it," Galoppi says. "That’s where the adults, that’s where trucks, everyone drives there. You don’t want to drive there if you don’t have to."

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