Q: Why are there gates on Interstate 595 near Nob Hill and Hiatus roads? I thought gates for the new reversible express lanes would be located at the start and end of the lanes, not in the middle of I-595. Also, will the new toll gantry on I-595 near Flamingo Road collect tolls in both directions?
Martin Steinberg, Fort Lauderdale
A: There are a total of five emergency access gates — three westbound and two eastbound — that will allow police and first responders to enter the express lanes without having to drive to the opening at either end.
The gates can be opened remotely by operators in the Florida Department of Transportation's traffic management center on West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, or they can also be cranked open on-site.
A number of smaller gates will block the shoulders of the express lanes ahead of the emergency access gates so emergency vehicles can enter without having to merge with traffic already in the express lanes.
The toll gantry near Flamingo will collect tolls in either direction, depending on the flow of traffic. It is the only tolling point in the reversible lanes.
Q: Drivers entering southbound I-95 from Linton Boulevard have to merge over three lanes at a curve if they want to stay on I-95. The far right lane becomes an "exit only" lane to Congress Avenue and most drivers don't realize that until the last minute and cut across two lanes to stay on I-95. Can something be done to make this stretch of highway safer?
Gail Morin, Boca Raton
A: We passed on your concerns to the state and are waiting on a response. This isn't the first time this stretch of I-95 has drawn complaints.
In 2009, the state installed additional "merge" and "lane ends" warning signs to address drivers' concerns.
The last three southbound I-95 overhead signs for Congress Avenue also were modified with yellow "exit only" panels to increase drivers' awareness that the right lane ends and that the two lanes entering from Linton go down to one lane.
Q: The traffic signal at U.S. 1 and Southeast Seventh Street in Fort Lauderdale changes about every 15 seconds before 6 a.m. Occasionally, there isn't enough time to get through the intersection before the light changes to red and there are no cars waiting on Seventh Street. Can this be fixed?
David R. Mahoney, Fort Lauderdale
A: It should be working better now. Technicians adjusted the vehicle detectors, which look like cameras but actually are used to detect the presence of vehicles in the travel lanes.
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