Interstate 75 in South Florida over the past two decades has seen population growth in southwest Broward County rapidly resulting in significant congestion on I-75 and its surrounding roadways. This explosion in population growth lead to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) completing a project development and environment (PD&E) study on the I-75 corridor in 2012. The PD&E study generated major expansion construction projects on I-75 and State Road 826 (SR 826 – Palmetto Expressway) which include expansion of the roadway capacity, interchange improvements, additional park-and-ride lots, preservation of right-of-way (ROW) for a future transit guideway system, and median tolled express lanes (including Intelligent Transportation System management and express bus).
In early 2014, the FDOT initiated construction of the Express Lane project that featured a new, four-lane barrier separated, tolled managed lanes facility within the I-75 median, as well as direct connections to the I-595 Express Lanes and Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT) as well as major improvements to the HEFT, Miramar Parkway, and Sheridan Street interchanges. The construction phase was completed in 2019, and peak period, weekday express bus service was introduced in January 2020.
For more information on I-75 Express Lanes, please visit: https://www.i75express.com