Broward County starts $55M Port Everglades bypass to ease Fort Lauderdale traffic

Published Date: May 13, 2024

Broward County has initiated the $55 million Port Everglades Bypass Road project to alleviate traffic congestion in South Florida. The construction, which began on May 1, aims to streamline commuting around Fort Lauderdale’s busy port area. The project includes a new bypass road extending from the intersection of U.S. 1 and State Road 84 to Eisenhower Boulevard and Southeast 20th Street. This road aims to reduce congestion at U.S. 1 and Southeast 17th Street Causeway, offering a one-mile stretch without traffic lights or stop signs and a 1,300-foot elevated section exclusively for cars.

 

The community, particularly residents of Harbordale and Harbor Beach, has eagerly anticipated this project. Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher highlighted the community’s excitement, emphasizing the long-awaited nature of the project. However, opinions among Broward County residents are mixed, with some viewing it as a necessary improvement and others expressing skepticism about its effectiveness, especially for beach-related traffic.

 

Funded by the state gas tax, Broward’s penny surtax, the Port Everglades enterprise fund, and a grant agreement between the Florida Department of Transportation and Broward County, the project is expected to be completed by late November 2025. Once completed, the bypass road will provide direct access to the convention center and an upcoming Omni hotel, while also laying the groundwork for a future seamless connection between Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

 

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Original Article by Livi Miller-hoodline

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