Q: When will construction of the new Sunrise Boulevard bridge over the Middle River begin?
Noreene Taylor, Wilton Manors
A: Nov. 5. The work is set to take three years.
A construction kickoff meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Galleria, upper level near Dillard's, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Officials will be available to answer questions about the project.
Construction will include a new temporary westbound bridge to handle two lanes of westbound traffic. Three lanes of eastbound traffic will be shifted into the existing westbound lanes while the portion of the bridge supporting the existing eastbound lanes is demolished and rebuilt.
Q: How do I file a claim for road debris? I was driving in the center lane of westbound Interstate 595 on August 13 when a huge round object hit my passenger door. The impact left my two-door car with only one door working.
Maria Calero, Pembroke Pines
A: On state roads, contact the Florida Department of Transportation in Tallahassee at 850-414-5357 or go to sunsentinel.com/roadclaims to reach the DOT's web page for claims. If the damage occurred in a construction zone, the claim will be referred to the contractor in charge of the project.
Getting reimbursed for damage on the road can be difficult because it's hard to prove it's related to construction. To get reimbursed, drivers must file a claim with the road builder. They are asked to fill out a form indicating the time and day the incident happened and other details. The form has to be notorized and returned with supporting documents, such as pictures or a police report.
But many drivers don't want to be bothered, don't have corroborating paperwork or don't know who to contact. So they file through their insurers instead.
Under Florida law, contractors are responsible for construction-related property damage claims. Outside construction zones, it's the state, county or local governments that maintain the roads.
For those unwilling to deal with bureaucracy, insurance must pay the cost of a new windshield if the driver has comprehensive coverage. Usually, damage from pot holes or road debris is covered as well.
Q: Are there any plans to have pull-outs for buses built on Glades Road so buses don't have to stop in the right lane to pick up or drop off passengers?
Marv Greenberg, Boca Raton
A: The state is looking at improving traffic flow on Glades Road, but bus bays aren't part of the plan.
Lack of right-of-way is usually a limiting factor, though when land is available officials say bus bays are preferred over curbside bus stops.
The state is in the middle of a two-year study to figure out what to do to ease congestion and deal with future travel demands on crowded stretches along Glades Road between U.S. 1 and State Road 7.
Wider roads, special bus lanes and an express bus service aren't being considered. Instead, technology such as timing signals to real-time conditions and improved intersections are the focus.
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