What to expect at Boca’s busiest intersection

I-95 ramps. Boca Raton High School. Florida Atlantic University and stadium. Boca Raton Airport. Boomers. University Commons. No wonder all roads converge there.

Now FDOT’s getting ready to start work on the new Glades Road entrance/exit ramp from Northwest 22nd Way to West University Drive. The redesign is expected to reduce congestion and give pedestrians and bicyclists more access.

Called a Diverging Diamond Interchange, it’s not a new concept. But it’s complicated. Here’s a link to the video showing a drive-thru of the project in detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D1tnin9eH8&feature=youtu.be

“We anticipate work to begin on the DDI portion of construction in early 2021,” said an FDOT spokesperson. The contractor has 700 allowable contract days for the Glades Road DDI, she added. The new interchange is part of the 95 Express Phase 3B-2 project with estimated completion in 2023, weather permitting.

Will there be any closures? Only at night, permitted from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Multi-lane closures on Glades Road will occur at night. Single-lane daytime closures will occur during off-peak hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to FDOT.

“Towards the end of the DDI construction, a full weekend closure of the Glades Road interchange will be performed to tie in segments,” FDOT added. “This will be coordinated and noticed well in advance of the work.”

The period for public comment is over. FDOT introduced the concept to the public in September 2019. The construction open house and public meeting was held on Jan. 15, 2020.

Here’s excerpts from a presentation FDOT’s team presented to city council:

  • Eliminates overpass with an additional through lane on westbound direction;
  • Goes from three to five through lines for I-95 access;
  • Supplemental signs and pavement markings;
  • Enhanced safety for bicycles and pedestrians with 7-foot buffered bicycle lane;
  • New 10-foot shared use path for pedestrians and recreational cyclists through interchange;
  • Provides extra delay with additional intersection signal;
  • Slows down school buses and service trucks;
  • Full closure of Clint Moore Road bridge during 15-month construction period. One-lane exclusive access for emergency responders;
  • Eliminates ramp flyover bridge over Airport Road;
  • Eliminates traffic weaving from the city’s utility complex.

By Marci Shatzman

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