Palmetto Expressway

New Changes to the Palmetto Expressway Expected to Reduce Congestion: Officials

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has announced a set of changes that will be made to the Palmetto Expressway. Officials say the project will help reduce congestion on the freeway.

According to the agency, they plan on adding an additional lane in the southbound direction, and making the express lanes in the northbound direction a single lane.

A new entrance for the express lane will also be added near Northwest 122nd Street.

In addition to the lane changes, FDOT says it's working to make the express lane free to enter.

The 13-mile stretch of tolls drew immediate protests when they were installed back in September of 2019.

State Representatives even introduced a bill that would eliminate express lanes on the Palmetto and prohibit tolls from being created on the highway.

The proposed measure stalled, but this recent announcement acts as a sort of reset.

A timeline to complete the project is still being finalized, according to officials.

A formal announcement will be made Tuesday.

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