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.
Ramps from Interstate 75 south and SR 84 east combine along 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. 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 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
USGS Topographic Map showing the former ramp configuration between U.S. 1 and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).