Guide To Trashing Taxpayers: Interstate 95 Flyover
Today, we go over the 94-foot-tall, mile-long bridge that leaves you stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in expensive toll lanes.
The Golden Glades Flyover
Year built: 1995
Cost: $50 million
What's dumb about it: You end up paying five bucks in tolls for the privilege of being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic with a view of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale skylines.
Why it got built: To make car poolers think they were getting relief from gridlock.
When the flyover finally opened after two years of construction, south Florida car-poolers rejoiced. They zoomed across the bridge, laughing at the poor suckers driving alone in rush hour traffic. Yet a transportation spokesman named David Fierro told reporters the project in the near future was "not going to be able to handle all the traffic."
Then in 2008 state transportation department came up with the bright idea of spending another $122 million to re-stripe the high occupancy lanes into exclusive toll lanes, supposedly to further limit the number of drivers. Yet motorists often find themselves going slower than their counterparts in the non-toll lanes.
Last year, commuters complained to the Miami Herald that they were paying $4.50 and higher for the privilege of being immobile on the flyover. One driver described the experience as "infuriating" and "grossly unfair." The I-95 express lanes are now carrying 50,000 to 60,000 cars a day, according to figures released by FDOT last year. FDOT officials acknowledge travel will slow if too many cars are crammed into the express lanes.
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