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Changes set for Glades Road interchange

Be prepared for long-range plans for changes at the Glades Road interchange to I-95.

FDOT’s preparing to create a new traffic configuration as part of the ongoing project to add express lanes to the highway.

A team from FDOT and subcontractors Prince Contracting and WSP USA updated city council at the workshop Monday.

The new design, called a Diverging Diamond Interchange, is scheduled to begin construction in late spring 2023.

FDOT will hold a public meeting most likely in January in the Spanish River Library. The public will be notified in advance, said FDOT spokeswoman Andi Pacini.

Among the plans are:

·    A flyover bridge will allow I-95 commuters to bypass the Glades Road/Northwest 15th Avenue/Airport Road intersection.

·    Commuters traveling along Northwest 15th Avenue will be required to cross Glades Road. Then vehicles will enter the Interstate from a left-turn entrance at a new intersection along Airport Road with a traffic signal.

Pedestrians plans include:

·    A center, 10-foot wide pedestrian walkway

·    Protected signalized crossing to center walkway

·    Crossing one direction at a time

·    Short crossing distances

·    No exposure to free-flowing left turns to freeway

·    Replacing the two-lane crossing with a one-lane crossing allows for a safer crossing of the interchange entrance ramp

Bicycle plans include:

·    Dedicated, 7-foot buffered bicycle lanes through the interchange for no conflict points with vehicular traffic

·    Recreational cyclists are likely to use the sidewalk

Mayor Scott Singer asked if the changes will confuse drivers. “You won’t even notice you are following the markings,” said Yamila Hernandez, WSP USA senior supervising engineer/assistant vice president.

Boca Raton High School is right there and has peak traffic times before and after school, Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke said. Florida Atlantic University has two entrances on Glades, she added.

“We are coordinating with the school for extra crossing guards during construction,” Pacini said. They’re also working with FAU for games at the stadium and other special events, she added.

“With this new model, all the delays are reduced,” said Carlos Alba, WSP USA’s lead traffic supervising engineer. “Because of the curvatures, vehicles will have to slow down.”

Ongoing work on I-95 will add express lanes south of Southwest 10th Street to south of Glades Road. Construction began in early 2018. The third segment from south of Glades Road to Linton Boulevard is scheduled for construction in 2020.

By Marci Shatzman

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