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Michael Turnbell is the transportation reporter and columnist for the Sun Sentinel. He has written about transportation for 25 years. A Miami University (Ohio) alumnus, he hails from Findlay, Ohio, and spent four college summers working at Cedar Point, a place he returns to visit each summer to get his roller coaster fix.

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University Drive getting second northbound lane to I-595

University Drive getting second northbound lane to I-595

March 29, 2015

Q: Every afternoon, northbound University Drive from Southwest 30th Street to beyond Interstate 595 backs up and it can take 45 minutes to move a half mile. Are the traffic signals not timed properly or can the roads just not handle the traffic?

  • Train noise analysis expected at end of March

    March 23, 2015

    Q: The train horns on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks near Alternate A1A and Center Street in Jupiter are much louder and longer. How can I can file a complaint?

  • No quick relief at turnpike's Commercial exit

    March 13, 2015

    Q: As one who regularly uses the Commercial Boulevard exit on Florida's Turnpike, is anything being planned to resolve the hectic situtation after one exits the toll plaza, with traffic merging left and right to go east or west on Commercial.

  • Construction ending on eastbound I-595 near airport

    March 10, 2015

    Q: What's with the phony construction zone on eastbound Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport? There are orange barrels and four speed limit reductions from 65 mph to 35 mph between I-95 and U.S. 1, but one thing is missing — construction.

  • Short ride on Sawgrass leads to high tolls for some drivers

    March 2, 2015

    Q: I have to travel from Lake Worth to Southwest 10th Street in Deerfield Beach. Florida's Turnpike is the fastest route. Mapping software sends me west on the Sawgrass Expressway, since there is no exit to Southwest 10th Street, then has me exit at Lyons Road and make a U-turn to head east on the Sawgrass to 10th Street. The problem is there's a toll at the east end of the Sawgrass. Why does anyone coming from Lyons to 10th Street have to pay a toll traveling such a short distance?

  • Tri-Rail's Miami airport station opening delayed until late March or early April

    February 23, 2015

    Q: What's the latest on Tri-Rail's new Miami International Airport station?

  • Want to know your SunPass balance?

    February 16, 2015

    Q: The original SunPass transponder portable model used to show the balance in your account. Although that feature disappeared some time ago, most SunPass lanes at toll plazas still flashed a yellow light when you had a low balance. However, the new electronic toll lanes don't have those flashing lights any more. Is the only resource now to check your account online?

  • Design work for Turnpike widening in Palm Beach County starting in 2016, but construction still unfunded

    February 9, 2015

    Q: Florida's Turnpike is crowded and dangerous in both directions north of Boynton Beach, where it is only two lanes in each direction. Are there any plans to widen the turnpike to three lanes through the remainder of Palm Beach County?

  • U.S. 1 work in Delray to finish this summer

    February 2, 2015

    Q: How long is the mess that is northbound Federal Highway through Delray Beach going to go on?

  • Hagen Ranch Road to be restudied for traffic signal

    January 23, 2015

    Q: Is a traffic signal planned at Gateway Road and Hagen Ranch Road? With oncoming traffic on Hagen Ranch, the new Villagio development and all the communities of Oriole, making turns onto Hagen Ranch is almost impossible.

  • Stop sign in West Boca to be removed

    January 19, 2015

    Q: We have a ridiculous stop sign where Glades Road turns into Palmetto Park Road in West Boca. No one stops here, because there is no traffic to stop for. Westbound Palmetto Park drivers only stop if they are making a U-turn. I contend this stop sign should be removed.

  • Quiet zones coming to tracks that parallel U.S. 1

    January 2, 2015

    Q: There is conflicting information on the establishment of quiet zones on the Florida East Coast Railway, the use of automated horns at crossings or the continued horn blasts from trains. Can you provide definitive answer?

  • Motorcycles can ride in HOV lanes

    December 26, 2014

    Q: I have been told by several law enforcement officers that it is legal for motorcycles to ride with one person in the HOV lanes. Could you get us motorcycle riders some clarification?

  • Cops can't ride solo in HOV lanes at rush hour

    December 19, 2014

    Q: Every rush hour I see cruisers from the sheriff's offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties as well as other police agencies driving in the Interstate 95 HOV lanes with one person in the vehicle. Is law enforcement allowed to do this?

  • Hollywood turnpike toll booths disappearing

    December 15, 2014

    Q: What kind of work is being done at the Hollywood interchange on Florida's Turnpike?

  • Sawgrass on-ramp from Turnpike gaining additional lane

    December 7, 2014

    Q: What is happening at the Sawgrass Expressway interchange at Florida's Turnpike? Construction has been going on forever. Delays on the southbound turnpike exit to the Sawgrass seem to sometimes stretch all the way to the Broward/Palm Beach county line.

  • Turnarounds on Alligator Alley for official use only

    November 30, 2014

    Q: There used to be deceleration lanes on Alligator Alley before the entrance to the boat ramps on the south side of highway. You could turn around in the median and enter the rest area with the boat ramps. How do you access the boat ramp now from Alligator Alley?

  • Color-coded light poles on I-595 assist crews

    November 23, 2014

    Q: What's the purpose of the color-coded light poles in the Interstate 595 express lanes?

  • Davie Blvd. drawbridge openings lead to snarls

    November 16, 2014

    Q: Can you check the traffic signal timing on Davie Boulevard? In the morning, eastbound Davie backs up from Interstate 95 all the way to Southwest Ninth Avenue. In the evening, westbound Davie backs up from U.S. 1 to Southwest 15th Avenue.

  • No plans for I-195 exit from I-95 express lanes

    November 10, 2014

    Q: Why wasn't an exit built from the Interstate 95 express lanes to Interstate 195? When I go to Miami Beach, I take the flyover to westbound State Road 112, then exit at Northwest 22nd Avenue and get back on eastbound S.R. 112 which leads to I-195. I have to pay a toll, but if traffic isn't bad it only takes an extra five minutes.

  • Pembroke Road overpass will have no ramps at I-75

    November 3, 2014

    Q: I'm concerned that the new Pembroke Road bridge over Interstate 75 won't include an interchange and that in a few years, officials will change their minds and decide to put in ramps. Why not just make it happen now?

  • State says skid overlay on I-95 in Lake Worth working

    October 27, 2014

    Q: What has caused Interstate 95 over the Lake Worth Canal to have such a noticeable bump? It shakes my coffee in the cup holder.

  • Red-light camera ruling impact still unclear

    October 20, 2014

    Q: Can you advise whether the recent ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeals on red light cameras is retroactive, meaning the city of Hollywood needs to refund any citations issued in the past?

  • Sample Road intersection gets second left turn

    October 13, 2014

    Q: Can the eastbound left turn lane signal be lengthened on Sample Road at Powerline Road? It's too short and a lot of slow-moving trucks tie up traffic if they are turning left.

  • Express lanes can charge tolls on interstates

    January 16, 2009

    Q: I remember during the Eisenhower administration, federal tax dollars were appropriated for the construction of Interstate 95 and other interstate highways. A big hullabaloo was reported in the newspapers about the statement that no state would receive funds to build the highway if tolls were charged Am I mistaken? If this is fact, who changed it? And how can tolls be allowed on Interstate 95 between Miami and Fort Lauderdale? Robert Katz, Boynton Beach

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