Q: At one time, a "no U-turn" sign was posted at the intersection of southbound Red Road and the entrance to southbound Florida's Turnpike. Without the sign, Red Road drivers make U-turns in conflict with drivers exiting the turnpike to go north on Red Road. I've seen many near collisions. — Kevin Collins, Miramar
A: Turnpike officials reviewed the intersection during the morning rush hour and found no crashes or near crashes occurred due to the permitted U-turn. They concluded a "U-turn yield to right turn" sign is more appropriate than prohibiting U-turns. The new sign should be manufactured and installed within 60 to 90 days.
Q: The timing of the traffic signals at Nob Hill Road and westbound State Road 84/Interstate 595 fails to consider the high speeds of drivers entering the intersection. Northbound Nob Hill drivers are released by a signal at eastbound S.R. 84/I-595. They know the other light will change, so they speed up at nearly the same moment the signal turns from yellow to red. — Bill Miller, Dania Beach
A: Officials with the I-595 reconstruction say the yellow lights here are 4.5 seconds, standard at other north-south streets that intersect I-595 and S.R. 84. The timing of the signals is determined by the traffic volume that needs to move through the intersection, not the speed of the traffic approaching it, said Melanie Sexton, a I-595 project spokeswoman.
Once the I-595 reconstruction is finished in 2014, the signals will be adjusted.
Q: Will any access to Spanish River Boulevard, especially west of Interstate 95 at the Broken Sound Boulevard intersection near the library, close because of the new interchange? — Shifra Rosen, Boca Raton
A: The western limits for the Spanish River interchange project begin just east of Broken Sound near the approach to I-95. The existing three-lane overpass will be replaced with a new four-lane span.
"We are not permanently closing any entrances near this area. There may be some temporary impacts that extend west due to maintenance of traffic operations," said Ron Wallace, project manager for the Florida Department of Transportation.
Glades Road, a perennial troublespot, will also get some fixes as part of the new interchange that will be built for Spanish River. The exit will guide Florida Atlantic University traffic directly to the campus, alleviating much of the congestion at the Glades Road interchange
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