Q: I was going north on U.S. 1 from Hollywood and trying to get to westbound Interstate 595. The exit sign for I-595 has changed since I last drove through the area and reads "airport." I exited assuming I could get to I-595 west. Wrong. I ended up on the airport terminal roadway, had to go through the airport and then follow the signs to I-595. Unless I missed something, you apparently cannot drive on U.S. 1 and get to I-595.
Gene Brief, Weston
A: The ramps from northbound U.S. 1 to I-595 and from the airport to southbound U.S. 1 closed in July and won't reopen until late 2013 or early 2014.
The ramps are closed for construction of several tunnels over U.S. 1, Perimeter Road and the Florida East Coast Railway. The tunnel structures will support a new airport runway and taxiways that will slope six stories high.
Detour signs on U.S. 1 approaching Griffin Road instruct drivers to follow Griffin west to I-95, then north on I-95 to I-595. The signs are small, however, and easy to miss compared to the large overhead signs over the ramp.
Q: The three eastbound lanes of Lowson Boulevard approaching Congress Avenue used to be marked with a left turn lane, a through lane and a combined through/right turn lane. About a year ago, the intersection was dug up and repaved. But the arrows for the shared through/right turn lane were never repainted on the pavement. This has led to considerable confusion among drivers. Who can I talk to to get this done?
Sean Kemnuir, Delray Beach
A: The city of Delray Beach is responsible for Lowson Boulevard.
Officials are aware of the markings and are in the process of having them changed back to the way they were prior to the repaving, said City Engineer Randal Krejcarek.
Q: Since the beginning of the school year, my commute to work in the morning requires driving through a school zone marked by a flashing light on eastbound Sunrise Boulevard, just east of Interstate 95. While entering the school zone is clearly marked, there is no notice or signage when leaving the reduced speed area. When it is legal to continue driving the posted speed limit again?
John P. Brennan, Fort Lauderdale
A: The school zone begins just before Northwest 15th Avenue and extends to Northwest 13th Avenue.
A small roadside "End School Zone" sign which stood on the right side of the road on the southeast corner of the intersection of Sunrise and Northeast 13th was knocked down and remains on the ground. It was reported down on October 15.
We checked with the Florida Department of Transportation and it plans to replace the sign as soon as possible.
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