By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer
Florida Department of Transportation and its partner Prince Contracting LLC have been paving since November.
That is when mainline paving began on the $148 million project that kicked off June 19, 2019 — with major construction starting late last month.
FDOT and Prince have 1,500 contract days to complete the I-95 Expansion from south of Glades Road in Boca Raton to south of Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach – known as 3B-2.
Construction on this leg of I-95 should be complete in late 2023, weather permitting, according to I-95 Community Outreach Specialist Andrea Pacini.
Drivers who travel the Interstate have also likely noticed a companion leg of roadway expansion that’s further along. Work on 3B-1 – from south of SW 10 Street in Deerfield Beach to south of Glades Road in Boca – is expected to continue through Spring 2022, Pacini said.
The purpose of both projects is to install express lanes.
A total of two express lanes will be created in each direction. One lane will be added, and the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) lane will be converted to an express lane.
The work includes a reconfiguration of the Glades Road interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange.
Additional improvements include: overhead sign structure installation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Express Lane markers, new signalization, lighting, utility relocation, and ramp signaling at five interchanges from Glades to Linton.
About 50 people came out to the second floor mezzanine at Spanish River Library to hear an update from FDOT on Jan. 15.
FDOT Construction Engineer Paul Lampley said the goals are: “Safety, mobility, and building lanes to add capacity [for 2040 traffic projections]. We’re trying to move people through traffic in a safe manner.”
Councilman Andy Thomson, who also serves on the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, said he has safety concerns for bikers and walkers.
“As a member of both City Council and the [Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency] TPA, I have concern over bike and pedestrian safety on Glades Road at the DDI. They could have better signalization as well as green markings [on the roadway] for bike riders,” he said.
Boca resident Glenn Gromann asked about landscaping at the Spanish River exit. FDOT said the landscaping will happen after construction is completed.
Other projects discussed at the meeting are the construction of shoulder-mounted sound barrier walls along I-95 northbound between Clint Moore Road and Linton Boulevard. Ground-mounted sound walls are to be installed on Yamato Road, adjoining University Heights community, and along I-95 northbound, south of Linton, adjoining Tierra Verde community, according to FDOT.
And a new Clint Moore Road bridge over I-95 will be built to improve clearance over I-95 travel lanes. Bridge widening will take place at the Glades Road bridge over the SFRTA railroad tracks and Military Trail; and also at the I-95 bridge over the C-15 canal (between Peninsula Drive and Linton), according to FDOT.