Q: Are the HOV requirements still suspended on Interstate 95 in south Broward? The signs are still up in places north of Ives Dairy Road and no one knows whether they can move into the HOV lane at rush hour. When will the newest section of express lanes be completed and are there plans to extend them north? Also, some commuter rail systems up north give commuters a break by offering a monthly pass. Does Tri-Rail offer a similar break?
Maxine Martell, Boca Raton
A: The Florida Department of Transportation in May 2012 suspended the HOV rules on I-95 from Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale to the Golden Glades interchange because of express lane construction.
Sunrise is technically the start of the I-95 express lane construction zone, although most work has focused on sections south of Griffin Road. With that in mind, the contractor left the old HOV signs up along I-95 and now says the HOV lanes begin and end north of Griffin Road.
The Florida Highway Patrol, however, is only enforcing the restrictions from Sunrise Boulevard and points north. The rules limit the left lane to carpools of two or more, hybrids and motorcycles from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays.
The confusion should end around April 2015 when the express lanes open between Broward Boulevard and the Golden Glades. The next express lane expansion -- from Broward Boulevard to possibly as far north as Southwest 10th Street -- is set to begin in late 2015 or early 2016 and open to traffic in 2019.
Meanwhile, Tri-Rail offers 25 percent discounts on monthly and 12-trip passes to employees of businesses which are members of the Employer Discount Program. Go to SunSentinel.com/discount to learn more or call 800-874-7245.
Q: When will the Palm Avenue construction be completed and all four lanes open to traffic between Stirling and Griffin roads?
Mike Cohen, Pembroke Pines
A: The project is almost completed and all four lanes are open.
However, some temporary lane closures will continue as workers do the finishing touches and repairs that remain after the main job is done, said Richard Tornese, director of Broward's Highway and Construction Engineering department.
Remaining work also includes installing signs, landscaping and irrigation within the next two weeks.
Q: Can the pedestrian signal on Cypress Road near Ninth Street be converted to a full traffic signal? It's difficult to cross Cypress on Ninth because traffic is heavy and the pedestrian signal is always green, which allows constant north-south traffic on Cypress.
Catherine Daley, Pompano Beach
A: The signal is a school pedestrian crossing that is part of the Safe Routes to School Program for Cypress Elementary School.
County traffic engineers studied this crossing in September 2012 and found that traffic on both Ninth Street or Southwest Ninth Court was not high enough to warrant relocating and converting the signal to a full traffic signal.
Officials say traffic volumes aren't expected to have changed significantly enough to make them reconsider their decision.
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