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.
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?
February 23, 2015
Q: What's the latest on Tri-Rail's new Miami International Airport station?
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?
February 2, 2015
Q: How long is the mess that is northbound Federal Highway through Delray Beach going to go on?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
December 15, 2014
Q: What kind of work is being done at the Hollywood interchange on Florida's Turnpike?
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.
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?
November 23, 2014
Q: What's the purpose of the color-coded light poles in the Interstate 595 express lanes?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
September 29, 2014
Q: Why are they putting toll booths on the southbound on-ramp to the Sawgrass Expressway from Pat Salerno Drive? That ramp has always been free since they built it. It will change driving patterns and more traffic will go to Sunrise Boulevard to avoid the toll.
September 22, 2014
Q: Can signs be put up warning drivers not to block the intersections of Davie Boulevard at Andrews Avenue and Southwest Fourth Avenue adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway crossing? Rush hour traffic backs up daily because drivers get stuck in the intersections when a train passes, or sometimes it backs up from the next intersection.
September 15, 2014
Q: Why has Bayview Drive been closed between Oakland Park and Commercial boulevards, including closures on Sunday?
September 8, 2014
Q: I have not seen anything written about the danger posed driving through the new runway tunnels on U.S. 1 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on sunny days. One must drive in very bright sunlight, then under a bridge where it is suddenly dark, then in bright sunlight again. The glare is tremendous.
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