Interstate 595 Florida

I-595 Florida
History
East End
West End

Overview

Following the Port Everglades Expressway in South Florida, Interstate 595 connects I-75 and the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) at Sunrise with Florida’s Turnpike at Davie, and I-95 and U.S. 1 between Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach.

Interstate 595 overlaid the original alignment of SR 84. The segmented state road remains in service along the Port Everglades Expressway frontage road system west of Marina Mile Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. East of U.S. 441 & SR 7, SR 84 diverges from I-595 to end at U.S. 1 south of Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Wrapping up in 2019, the I-75 Express Lanes Project added 15 miles of toll lanes to the southernmost portion of Interstate 75. Segment E of the project added a flyover ramp from the I-595 Express Lanes westbound to I-75 south. Work on the northernmost section of the I-75 Express Lanes cost $75 million and ran from March 2014 through late 2017.

I-595 Express Lanes - Sunrise, Florida
Ramps from Interstate 75 south and SR 84 east combine to form the I-595 Express Lanes eastbound. A third ramp adds traffic originating from both I-75 north and SR 869 south from the I-595 mainline further east. Photo taken 04/01/14.

Two reversible lanes run along the middle of Interstate 595 from the systems interchange with I-75 and SR 869 east to I-95 at Fort Lauderdale. Separated from the general travel lanes by concrete barriers, the managed lanes operate with limited ingress and eggress points and a 70 mile per hour speed limit. Split into five separate projects, the I-595 Express Lanes were built between June 2010 and March 26, 2014. Tolls are collected electronically, primarily with Sunpass transponders. The lanes flow eastbound on weekends, and from 4 am to 1 pm on week days, and westbound week days from 2 pm to 2 am. Toll rates vary depending upon traffic congestion.

History

Interstate 595 was approved by AASHTO on October 28, 1978 for the portion of the Port Everglades Expresway between U.S. 441 and State Road A1A near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

The following are key dates in the history of Interstate 595 in Florida:1

  • 1985 – Construction began on Interstate 595.
  • 1988 – The first section of Interstate 595 opened from Interstate 75 east to Pine Island Road.
  • 1989 – Interstate 595 opened from S.W. 26th Terrace east to U.S. 1, which was realigned near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
  • 1990 – Interstate 595 opened from Pine Island Road east to S.W. 26th Terrace. Interstate 595 is now complete.

The Interstate 95 and Turnpike interchanges were not completed until 1991.1

USGS Topographic Map showing the former ramp configuration between U.S. 1 and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Route Information

  • East End – Dania Beach, FL

  • West End – Sunrise, FL

  • Mileage – 12.86

  • Cities – Weston, Davie, Sunrise, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach

  • JunctionsI-75 I-95

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-595 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Location Vehicles per day
I-75 to Pine Island Rd 126,000
Pine Island Rd to Davie Rd 151,945
Davie Rd to I-95 209,000
I-95 to US 1 81,000

Source: 2017 AADT – Florida Traffic Online (FDOT)

An array of retention ponds aid in the drainage of storm water throughout the four-level interchange joining Interstate 595 with I-75 and SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway). Photos taken 03/26/06.
The I-595 Express Lanes eastbound at Florida’s Turnpike (Exit 8). Photo taken 04/01/14.

The lone off-ramp of the I-595 Express Lanes links eastbound with Florida’s Turnpike. There are no exits westbound.

Highway Guides

East End US 1 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I-595 East at US 1 / Port Everglades

I-595 east at US 1 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Interstate 595 travels an eight lane viaduct along the northern periphery of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Exits 12A/B with U.S. 1 (Federal Highway) at Port Everglades. A two-lane ramp leaves the viaduct end for both U.S. 1 south to Dania Beach and the airport passenger terminal. Photo taken 01/24/16.

I-595 east at US 1 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Passing below U.S. 1, Interstate 595 concludes at the loop ramp (Exit 12B) for U.S. 1 north into Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Photo taken 01/24/16.

I-595 east at US 1 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
I-595 east at Port Everglades

A left exit takes drivers to NE 7th Avenue and Port Everglades via Eller Drive. Construction though late 2014 added the flyover for Eller Drive over railroad tracks added for the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the port. Photos taken 01/24/16.

US 1 North at I-595

US 1 north at I-595 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

U.S. 1 curves from NE 10th Street and Griffin Road under the runways of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on the half mile approach to Interstate 595 west. Photo taken 01/24/16.

US 1 north at I-595 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Northbound U.S. 1 maintains three lanes to Federal Highway toward Downtown Fort Lauderdale as a trumpet interchange joins the route with I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway) west and NE 7th Avenue and Eller Drive east to Port Everglades. Photo taken 01/24/16.

NE 7th Avenue at I-595 / Port Everglades

NE 7th Ave north at I-595 - Port Everglades

NE 7th Avenue parallels the U.S. 1 expressway east of FLL Airport to Eller Drive and the westbound beginning of Interstate 595. Photo taken 04/01/14.

US 1 South at I-595

US 1 south at I-595 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

U.S. 1 upgrades to a controlled access route between SE 30th Street and State Road 818 on the south side of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). A trumpet interchange joins the US highway with Interstate 595 opposite Eller Drive to Port Everglades. Photo taken 03/04/14.

US 1 south at I-595 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

The ramp to Interstate 595 west departs U.S. 1 south ahead of the Port Everglades Expressway interchange with I-95. The succeeding ramp from U.S. 1 combines with exit from I-595 eastbound to the airport terminal. Photo taken 03/04/14.

I-595 East End Throwback

I-595 east at US 1 - 2003

I-595 ended previously with four options. Exit 12A departed for U.S. 1 south while Exit 12B was a separate ramp for FLL Airport. The mainline split between Exit 12C for U.S. 1 north and Eller Drive east into Port Everglades. The separate ramp for U.S. 1 south was eliminated by 2003, with connections to U.S. 1 and the airport terminal consolidated into a new ramp. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (06/03)

I-595 east at US 1 - 2006

The partition at the east end of I-595 for Exit 12C to U.S. 1 north and Eller Drive east to Port Everglades remained unchanged until 2012, when work broke ground to construct a new flyover from U.S. 1 north to I-595 west. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is two miles to the north and U.S. 1 continues beyond to Pompano Beach in nine miles. Photo taken 03/25/06.

West End I-75 Florida 869 – Sunrise, Florida

I-595 West at I-75 Florida State Road 869

I-595 west at I-75/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

The I-595 Express Lanes split with a slip ramp for the Interstate 595 westbound mainline ahead of the systems interchange with I-75 and SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway). Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-595 west at I-75/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

The I-595 Express Lanes continue to ramps with Interstate 75 south to Miami and north to Naples. The freeway mainline expands to six lanes. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-595 west at I-75/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

A high speed flyover combines with a slip ramp from the ending I-595 Express Lanes to join Interstate 75 southbound for the Broward County suburban communities of Weston, Miramar and Palm Springs North. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-595 west at I-75/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

The remaining four lanes of Interstate 595 west diverge along ramps for I-75 north across Alligator Alley and State Road 869 north to Sunrise. A succeeding exit connects with SR 84 to Weston. Photo taken 03/04/14.

I-75 South at I-595 Florida State Road 869

I-75 south at I-595 - Weston, FL

Interstate 75 crosses over Bonaventure Boulevard at Weston just ahead of the separation with I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway) east at Exit 19. Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-75 south at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

New signs were installed for Exit 19 between December 2013 and March 2014 to reference the conversion of the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) to all electronic tolling (AET). The overhead for SR 869 was subsequently removed. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-75 south at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

Painted shields accompany overhead guide signs at the southerly turn of Interstate 75 toward Hialeah. I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway) extends east from I-75 and SR 869 at Sunrise to Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-75 south at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

Exit 19 partitions into separate two lane ramps for SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) north to Sunrise and Coral Springs and Interstate 595 east to Davie and Plantation. Offering a relatively uninterrupted drive to Interstate 95, the I-595 Express Lanes split from the freeway within the systems interchange at I-75. Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-75 North at I-595 Florida State Road 869

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

Interstate 75 lines eastern reaches of Weston to Exit 19 with I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway) east and SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) north. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

Curving eastward, Interstate 75 enters the city of Sunrise on the half mile approach to Exit 19. The Sawgrass Expressway extends northward through western Sunrise, Tamarac and Coral Springs, separating urban areas to the east from the Everglades to the west. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

Alligator Alley appears for Interstate 75 north, referencing the toll road across the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve to Naples and Southwest Florida. Painted shields aid in separating traffic to I-595 east and SR 869 north as well. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - Sunrise, FL

Traffic partitions for the Sawgrass Expressway north and Interstate 595 east to Davie and Fort Lauderdale. An ingress point to the I-595 Express Lanes follows. Photo taken 04/01/14.

Florida State Road 869 South at I-75 I-595

SR 869 south at I-75/595 - Sunrise, FL

The Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) travels south along side Markham Park in Sunrise to the systems interchange with I-75 and I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway). Photo taken 10/18/14.

SR 869 south at I-75/595 - Sunrise, FLSR 869 south at I-595 - Sunrise, FL

The Sawgrass Expressway defaults onto Interstate 75 southbound toward Pembroke Pines. A two lane flyover separates from SR 869 south for Interstate 595 east to Davie and Plantation. Photos taken 10/18/14 and 03/25/06.

SR 869 south at I-75 - Sunrise, FL
SR 869 south at I-75 - Sunrise, FL

Traffic partitions at the five level interchange with I-595 for the final 17 miles of Interstate 75 south to Hialeah and I-75 north to Weston and the Everglades. Photos taken 01/23/16 and 10/18/14.

I-595 West End Throwback

Florida State Road 869 South at I-595

SR 869 south at I-75/595 - 2000

Passing over Sunrise Boulevard (former SR 838), one mile north of I-75 and I-595 east on SR 869 south before six lane expansion of the Sawgrass Expressway. Photo taken 01/00.

SR 869 south at I-75/595 - 2006SR 869 south at I-75/595 - 2006

Traffic to Interstate 595 east to Fort Lauderdale and Port Everglades departs SR 869 south. A second flyover follows in one half mile for I-75 north to the Florida Gulf Coast. Photos taken 03/25/06.

I-75 South at I-595

I-75 south at I-595/SR 869 - 2003

I-75 meets I-595 east and SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) five miles beyond the east end of Alligator Alley. Interstate 75 resumes a north-south trajectory for the bulk of its final 19 miles to the Palmetto Expressway. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (06/03).

I-75 south at I-595/SR 869 - 2003

Three lanes for Exit 19 departed the I-75 mainline for I-595 east and SR 869 north. I-595 travels 11.8 miles to Interstate 95 at Fort Lauderdale. The Sawgrass Expressway travels 17 miles northeast to Deerfield Beach and Florida’s Turnpike. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (06/03).

I-75 south at I-595/SR 869 - 2003

Older guide signs for the Sawgrass Expressway referenced West Palm Beach for the connection with I-95 north. SR 869 ends as a toll road just east of Florida’s Turnpike, with an arterial section continuing to I-95. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (06/03).

I-595 West at I-75

I-595 west at I-75 and SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) north. Photos taken by Justin Cozart (06/03).

I-75 North at I-595

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - 2006

1.5 miles south of I-595/SR 869 on I-75 north at the trumpet interchange with Royal Palm Boulevard. This wider guide sign was replaced with a smaller panel between May and June 2008. Photo taken 03/26/06.

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - 2006

A dynamic message board separated panels for the Sawgrass Expressway and Interstate 595 east (Exit 19). Both exits depart from the outside lanes, a half mile beyond the SW 14th Street overpass. Photo taken 03/26/06.

I-75 north at I-595/SR 869 - 2006

Interstate 75 northbound widened to six lanes leading into the exchange (Exit 19) with I-595 east and SR 869 north. West Palm Beach, 45 miles to the north, was referenced for the SR 869 connection with Florida’s Turnpike. Photo taken 03/26/06.

Sources:

  1. Florida’s Interstates: A Half-Century of Progress. http://www.fl-interstate.com official Florida Department of Transportation site.
  2. Learned, Jason. “Interstate Guide – Florida I-195, I-395, I-595.” Personal email, November 25, 2003.

Page updated August 30, 2019.