Speed limit returns to normal on I-95
Beginning this week, the speed limit on I-95 is being raised from 60 miles per hour back to 70 miles per hour in northern St. Lucie County, from Okeechobee Road (SR 70/Exit 129) to the St. Lucie/Indian River County Line, with a three-mile exception in both directions where bridge replacement is underway at the I-95/Kings Highway and I-95/Orange Avenue overpasses, Florida Department of Transportation officials report.
The exceptions in St. Lucie County where the speed limit will remain at 60 mile per hour are as follows:
o The northbound I-95 lanes from approximately one mile north of Okeechobee Road (SR 70/Exit 129) to the northbound rest area approximately two miles north of Orange Avenue (SR 68/Exit 131).
o The southbound I-95 lanes southbound rest area approximately five miles south of Indrio Road (SR 614/Exit 138) to approximately one mile south of Orange Avenue (SR 68/Exit 131).
The speed limit will remain at 60 miles per hour in the two areas identified until the completion of bridge construction, summer 2014, for the safety on the traveling public as well as the construction workers in this area. Orange cautionary signs will be placed in advance of these particular areas within the construction zone to notify motorists of the reduction in speed. Motorists must obey the posted speed limits, and FHP is actively patrolling the interstate. As a reminder, speeding fines are doubled in active construction zones:
o I-95 in Fort Pierce from just south of Okeechobee Road (SR 70/Exit 129) to just south of Indrio Road (SR 614/Exit 138);
o I-95 in Vero Beach from the St. Lucie/Indian River County Line to just north of State Road 60 (Exit 147).
Work on this construction corridor includes adding lanes on I-95 in each direction; removing old asphalt and resurfacing the existing lanes; bridge widening; bridge replacement; interchange ramp reconstruction; sound wall installation along residential areas; and landscaping, traffic signals and highway lighting improvements.
For more information on these and other projects on the Treasure Coast, visit www.d4fdot.com.
Gulf red snapper season opens Oct. 1
The recreational harvest of red snapper will open Oct. 1 in state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In state waters, which are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf, the season will remain open through Oct. 21, closing on Oct. 22. In federal waters, which are from 9 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles, the season will remain open through Oct. 14, closing on Oct. 15.
Anglers are required to use circle hooks and de-hooking devices when fishing for any reef species, including red snapper, in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters. The requirement to use venting tools in federal waters was removed on Sept. 3.
Learn more about red snapper by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on "Saltwater" and "Recreational Regulations."