Q: It appears the new Interstate 595 will not have a direct eastbound exit at University Drive. This forces all traffic headed for University to exit at Pine Island, creating huge backups during peak hours. Is there a solution?
Jerry Turnauer, Plantation
A: Officials say they haven't received any complaints about backups and are monitoring the area. Pine Island Road and University Drive now share an combined exit on eastbound I-595, with traffic leaving the interstate just past Nob Hill Road. The new off-ramp opened in June.
The ramp splits, with the left continuing to University Drive and the right continuing to State Road 84 and on to Pine Island.
The idea behind the combined exits and entrance ramps was to eliminate the number of "decision points" along I-595 and to smooth traffic for the majority of commuters. It also turns S.R. 84 into a "collector-distributor" road to handle more of the on-and-off movements from I-595.
Q: Traffic is awful on Glades Road between the northbound Interstate 95 off-ramp and Airport Road. Backups are caused by eastbound Glades traffic that is forced to stop at the light for Airport Road. In doing so, eastbound drivers block the intersection for the northbound I-95 off-ramp. What's being planned to fix this?
Don Crites, Pompano Beach
A: Officials have made fixing the clogged intersection of Glades and Airport a top priority, but don't look for improvements to begin until 2017 or 2018.
The intersection ranks among the top three most congested in Boca Raton. About 75,291 vehicles a day travel through it.
Plans call for a dedicated westbound lane on Glades for people leaving Florida Atlantic University and heading to the northbound I-95 entrance ramp. The additional westbound lane could be rolled into a larger project of improvements planned for the entire Glades corridor.
Q: Can you address the length of the left turn arrow on southbound Avon Lane at McNab Road in North Lauderdale? There's a new Walmart on the south side of the intersection and the left turn arrow only lasts long enough to allow a few cars to get through. Many go through the red light or go to Walmart to turn around and make a right turn.
John Morris, North Lauderdale
A: The intersection was recently converted from a three-way to a four-way intersection. That included the addition of north-south traffic through the intersection as well as left turn lanes in three directions and a second southbound left turn lane on Avon Lane.
Engineers recently noticed traffic increase with seasonal residents returning to the area. So they increased the southbound left-turn green time by five seconds. That additional time plus the new dual southbound left turn lanes should provide some relief.
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