Q: For years, I have traveled south on U.S. 1 across Commercial Boulevard to Holy Cross Hospital. It was the best intersection in the county. Now it is a total mess, and I take any other route to avoid it. It seems the signals now only allow one leg of the intersection to proceed at a time. At rush hour, traffic backs up for blocks on the other legs and prevents traffic from side streets from moving because the streets are blocked. I want my beautiful old traffic pattern back please.
Barbara Rostock, Fort Lauderdale
A: This intersection was changed to what's called a "lead-lag" pattern last July. That's when Broward County traffic engineers migrated to a new signal timing software that allows more precise adjustments to improve traffic flow.
At this intersection, all southbound traffic "leads" or gets a green signal first, including left turns. Once the left-turn signal ends, northbound through traffic "lags" or gets its green signal, followed by a green arrow for left turning traffic once the southbound through traffic gets a red light.
The pattern is repeated for eastbound and westbound Commercial traffic.
Signal crews investigated the intersection and found no significant left turn lane spillovers blocking through traffic, even during heavy congestion. County officials say since they implemented the lead-lag phasing, signal timing has improved for drivers on U.S. 1 with reduced travel time and fewer stops. U.S. 1 and Oakland Park Boulevard operate the same way, but with northbound traffic leading, then southbound followed by eastbound and westbound traffic.
Q: Can you tell us more specifics about improvements planned at the Glades Road intersection with Florida's Turnpike? I have lived in all three South Florida counties and I can say with confidence that this is probably the worst entrance ramp to the turnpike in the entire state.
Zeal V., Boca Raton
A: In fiscal 2014, the turnpike plans to convert the Glades Road plaza to all-electronic tolling. The toll booths will disappear. As part of that project, the turnpike will build two northbound exit lanes to the interchange extending 2,500 feet, replacing the one-lane 600-foot exit.
Another right turn lane will be built from the turnpike plaza to westbound Glades. That will bring the number of lanes approaching Glades from the turnpike from four lanes to five. Plus, removal of the toll plaza will allow those lanes to be extended farther back, allowing more room for vehicles to line up at the intersection.
Separately, in 2015, Palm Beach County plans to extend the right turn lane on westbound Glades that leads to the turnpike entrance.
Q : A one block stretch of Northeast Sixth Avenue just north of Prospect Road was resurfaced last year, but a final layer of asphalt was never applied. The height difference in the surfaces is jarring to cars' suspensions. Any idea when it will be completed?
Laurie C. Fox, Oakland Park
It's coming. Resurfacing should be completed within the next month.
The road was under construction as part of a sewer project in the Garden Acres neighborhood. Oakland Park city officials say they are waiting for Broward County to certify the new sewer system before putting down the final layer of asphalt.
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