New shortcut to get to Fort Lauderdale beach? A $55 million bypass road is planned

Courtesy of LISA J. HURIASH, South Florida Sun Sentinental May 3, 2024

If you’re fed up with traffic near Port Everglades, here’s some good news: Construction starts this week for a new road that will gives drivers one more way to get from U.S. 1 to Southeast 17th Street, on their way toward Fort Lauderdale beach.

Broward’s new Port Everglades Bypass Road will be about a mile long and costs about $55 million.

The goal will be to give drivers easier access from the airport toward Southeast 17th Street, which often is used by drivers to head east toward State Road A1A, which then runs north along the city’s beach side. The bypass road also will allow people to skip the security at Port Everglades when that isn’t the intended destination.

“When it’s all said and done, it will change the landscape of this county,” said County Administrator Monica Cepero, speaking at a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.

Steven Braun, the district secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation, called the plan to improve traffic times and ease traffic flow a “quality-of-life” issue. The agency has assisted in the funding.

The Port Everglades Bypass Road will have one lane in each direction and runs along Spangler Boulevard/east State Road 84 from east of U.S. 1 to Eisenhower Boulevard. It then turns north along Eisenhower Boulevard to Southeast 20th Street, all within Port Everglades.

The bypass road completion is being timed to two major county projects so there can be a direct connection and alternative route to both: Omni Hotels and Resorts, the operator of the planned 801-room convention center hotel, is expected to open late 2025.

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