A shortcut to Fort Lauderdale beach — for $35 million

Heading to Fort Lauderdale beach could become less of a headache for airport visitors and others.

A $35 million-plus shortcut is proposed to and from the 17th Street Causeway. The bypass would allow northbound beach-goers on Federal Highway or others coming from State Road 84 to avoid a congested section of Southeast 17th Street and its four traffic lights.

Instead, drivers could head east at the State Road 84-Spangler Boulevard intersection with U.S. 1. The bypass would follow the fringes of Port Everglades before curving to the north on Eisenhower Boulevard alongside the Broward County Convention Center and meeting up with Seventeenth Street.

Basically, it would cut away from U.S. 1 and avoid the intersection.

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