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The I-95 corridor is a significant component of the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) and provides a key transportation element in linking the major ports, airports, and railways that handle Florida’s passenger and freight traffic. Within the study area, I-95 is a ten-lane facility comprised of four General Purpose Lanes in each direction and one Special Use Lane in each direction. The 95 Express 3A-1 project is under construction within the Study Limits that will result in conversion of the single HOV lane in each direction to dual Express Lanes in each direction, maintaining the General Purpose and Auxiliary Lanes the same as they are today. There are numerous access ramps within the study limits and at the interchange itself. The interchange of I-95 at SR 842/Broward Boulevard is located between the Sunrise Boulevard interchange (one mile to the north) and the Davie Boulevard interchange (one mile to the south). The interchange of I-95 at Sunrise Boulevard is located approximately 2.16 miles south of the I-95 at Oakland Park Boulevard interchange. The I-95 at SR 842/Broward Boulevard interchange is currently a Tight Urban Diamond Interchange with a flyover ramp from SR 842/Broward Boulevard eastbound to the I-95 northbound entrance ramp. The I-95 at Sunrise Boulevard interchange is a modified partial cloverleaf interchange with one loop ramp in the northeast quadrant. The South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC)/CSX Railroad is adjacent to and runs parallel along the west side of I-95 in this area.
SR 842/Broward Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard are six-lane urban divided roadways with a raised median within the vicinity of the I-95 Interchange. The SR 842/Broward Boulevard interchange provides the main entryway to the downtown Fort Lauderdale Central Business District from I-95 and the eastwest connection between US 1 and SR 817/University Drive in the City of Plantation.
SR 842/Broward Boulevard interchange is the main entryway to downtown Fort Lauderdale. There are a number of transit options on Broward Boulevard and at the I-95/Broward Boulevard interchange that provide direct service and transfer connections along both corridors. These include passenger rail service (Tri-Rail and Amtrak) and bus service (Broward County Transit (BCT), Sun Trolley, 95 Express Bus, and the Tri-Rail Commuter Connector). There is a Park-and-Ride lot located within the interchange area with designated parking for Amtrak, Tri-Rail and general purpose, including car pools and 95 Express Bus. Access to the Park-and-Ride lots is provided via Broward Boulevard and I-95. Ingress from eastbound Broward Boulevard is provided via a right-turn lane at SW 22nd Avenue/SW 1st Street. Ingress from westbound Broward Boulevard is provided via a right-turn lane at NW 22nd Avenue. Egress to westbound Broward Boulevard is provided via the intersection with NW 22nd Avenue, requiring drivers coming from the south to circulate through the northern parking areas. Egress to eastbound Broward Boulevard is provided via SW 22nd Avenue/SW 1st Street.
Currently, northbound ingress to I-95 from Broward Boulevard is provided by a single-lane access ramp from westbound Broward Boulevard at the eastern terminal intersection and a single-lane flyover from eastbound Broward Boulevard west of the western terminal intersection. Egress to Broward Boulevard from northbound I-95 is provided by a ramp, which is part of the northbound CD road ramp system, that was recently reconstructed to include triple right-turn lanes for traffic heading eastbound on Broward Boulevard and double left-turn lanes for traffic heading westbound on Broward Boulevard. Additional ingress and egress to I-95 is provided through the Park-and-Ride lot. For both directions of travel along I-95 ingress and egress is provided by single-lane ramps that cross over the southbound lanes of I-95 and connect with the Special Use Lanes located in the center of I-95.
Purpose and Need
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Following the safety, operational and engineering (SO&E) acceptability of the CTAR study, FDOT is currently implementing Phase 3 of the 95 Express Lanes continuing 29 miles north from Stirling Road in Broward County to Linton Boulevard in Palm Beach County. The 95 Express Phase 3A project will convert the existing HOV lane to dual Express Lanes in each direction and modify the use of these lanes to include managed toll lanes. The resulting typical section becomes a 12-lane facility comprised of four General Purpose Lanes and two Special Use Lanes in each direction. Currently, single-lane HOV ramps from I-95 provide access to the Park-and-Ride lot located within the I-95 at Broward Boulevard interchange area. This Park-and-Ride lot includes parking spaces for Amtrak, Tri-Rail and general purpose, including car pools and 95 Express Bus. Access to the Park-and-Ride lots is provided via Broward Boulevard and HOV ramps from I-95 sometimes require drivers coming from the south to circulate through the northern parking areas. As a result of these challenges, improved connections between the I-95 Express Lanes and Broward Boulevard service interchange ramps, as well as the surrounding intermodal facilities, are desired and are the basis of the PD&E Study. The primary purpose of the I-95 at Broward Boulevard PD&E Study is to improve traffic flow to and from I-95 and along Broward Boulevard; to improve connectivity between the 95 Express Lanes and Broward Boulevard; and to improve intermodal connectivity. Detailed purpose and need for the I-95 at Broward Boulevard Interchange PD&E Study is documented in Section 1.
The primary need for this I-95 at Broward Boulevard PD&E Study is to enhance system linkage and modal interrelationships at the I-95 at Broward Boulevard interchange. Secondary purpose and need considerations include Capacity, Safety, Transportation Demand, Social Demands, Economic Development, and Emergency Evacuation.