Interstate 595 Florida
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.
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 egress 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.
Interstate 595 was approved along the Port Everglades Expressway by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on October 28, 1978. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) application to AASHTO separated the route of I-595 into three components. The eastern spur was the 2.0 mile, four lane section from I-95 to U.S. 1 and State Road A1A near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The western spur was the 5.3 mile, six lane segment between I-95 and U.S. 441. The third portion was the 5.7 mile, six lane connector extending west from SR 817 (University Drive) via SR 84 to Interstate 75.
The following are key dates in the history of Interstate 595 in Florida:1
- 1985 – Construction began on I-595.
- 1988 – The first section of I-595 opened from I-75 east to Pine Island Road.
- 1989 – I-595 opened from SW 26th Terrace east to U.S. 1, which was realigned near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
- 1990 – I-595 opened from Pine Island Road east to SW 26th Terrace. I-595 is now complete.
The Interstate 95 and Turnpike interchanges were not completed until 1991.1
Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-595 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2017 AADT – Florida Traffic Online (FDOT)
The lone off-ramp of the I-595 Express Lanes links eastbound with Florida’s Turnpike. There are no exits westbound.
East End – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
East at / Port Everglades
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. 01/24/16
A left exit connects with Eller Drive and NE 7th Avenue to Port Everglades. Construction finished in December 2014 added the flyover for Eller Drive over the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway line built to the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the port. 01/24/16
East End Throwback
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. 03/25/06
West End – Sunrise, Florida
Exit 19 partitions into separate two lane ramps for SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) north to Sunrise and Coral Springs and I-595 east to Davie and Plantation. Providing a relatively uninterrupted drive to I-95, the I-595 Express Lanes split from the freeway within the systems interchange at I-75. 09/30/17
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. 01/23/16 & 10/18/14
West End Throwback
I-595 west at I-75 and SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) north. Photos by Justin Cozart (06/03).
- Florida’s Interstates: A Half-Century of Progress.
http://www.fl-interstate.comofficial Florida Department of Transportation site.
- Learned, Jason. “Interstate Guide – Florida I-195, I-395, I-595.” Personal email, November 25, 2003.
Page updated October 20, 2020.