More detours on South Florida’s major highways this week
Construction crews will be busy overnight this week and that will mean detours for drivers.
Florida Turnpike Extension: The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to close all lanes of the Turnpike Extension at the Interstate-75 interchange for express lane bridges over the Turnpike.
Southbound Turnpike lanes, heading west at that point, will be closed from midnight Monday through 5 a.m. Tuesday. Northbound lanes will close from midnight Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday.
Drivers can bypass construction by using Miramar Parkway. Exit at I-75 (Exit 5) on the west end and Red Road / Northwest 57 Avenue (Exit 43) on the east end to access Miramar Parkway.
Sawgrass Expressway: Two major flyovers will be closed.
The ramp connecting southbound Sawgrass Expressway to eastbound I-595 will shut down from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Motorists will be detoured at I-75 heading west to make a U-turn at Indian Trace Exit 21, then head east on State Road 84 to I-595.
The ramp between southbound I-75 and the northbound Sawgrass Expressway will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Drivers will be detoured at Glades Parkway Exit 22 to take eastbound State Road 84 to Flamingo Road, make a U-turn onto State Road 84 west, enter I-595 and take the ramp to northbound Sawgrass Expressway.
Meanwhile, Sawgrass Expressway road maintenance will stagger the closures of all lanes north and south between Oakland Park and Coral Ridge Drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Detour signs will be posted where needed along the route.
Interstate-95: The Exit 41 ramp from southbound I-95 to Southwest 10th Street will remain closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Thursday. Drivers can exit at westbound Hillsboro Boulevard and go south on Military Trail to re-connect with Southwest 10th to access the Sawgrass Expressway.
All construction schedules could change depending on the weather and other circumstances, the state transportation department said.
Operation Air Brake: The Florida Highway Patrol is doing spot checks on big trucks this week to make sure their brakes work. It’s part of Brake Safety Week. The annual inspection and education program comes at a time when South Florida roads are filled with tractor trailers, and dump trucks traveling between highway construction sites.