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New Express Lanes Coming To S. Florida Roads

MIAMI (CBSMiami/The Miami Herald) – More express lanes will be added to the network of SunPass express lanes in South Florida.

According to CBS4 news partner, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, construction on new lanes will begin in January, 2014.

Drivers can expect new lanes on State Road 826/Palmetto Expressway, from West Flagler Street to Northwest 154th Street, including a flyover connector to Interstate 75 – where toll lanes will continue all the way to Interstate 595 in Broward.

The  lanes will be in the center of the Palmetto and the median of I-75, according to the paper anda a statement by Judy Solaun-Gonzalez, senior project manager for the Florida Department of Transportation district six office in Miami.

Her office will oversee construction on the Palmetto and I-75 from Flagler to Northwest 170th Street. FDOT's district four office in Broward will be responsible for the segment on up to I-595, Solaun-Gonzalez told the paper.

The Palmetto-I-75 project will cost about $745 million and the other section will cost about $275 million.

Besides allowing toll-paying drivers, FDOT also will host rapid transit running to and from the BB&T Center Park-and-Ride facility in Sunrise to Metrorail's Palmetto Station in Miami-Dade, said Solaun-Gonzalez.

Once completed, the express lanes will link up with reversible express lanes currently under construction on I-595 – a project expected to be completed in 2014.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report.)

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