After years of detours, traffic cones, and back ups, the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing when it comes to construction at Spanish River Boulevard on I-95.
On Wednesday morning, officials will participate in a private ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Boca Raton site to celebrate the opening of all new ramps to and from the interstate. Participants include representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College.
However, that doesn’t mean the construction is over.
Officials at FDOT say that the project still has a few tasks that will put the deadline through the end of March, possibly April, thanks to Florida’s unpredictable weather.
The five-year, $69 million project has created a new interchange on the highway, sandwiched between Glades Road and Yamato Road. It also widened the road west of FAU Boulevard, built 13 bridges between Spanish River Boulevard and Yamato Road, intersection improvements were made, and a sound wall and auxiliary lanes were added to Yamato Road. There were hopes that construction workers would be out of there sooner, but the busy hurricane season, especially Hurricane Irma in September, put delays on construction projects everywhere.
Those interested in following along on the progress can visit FDOT’s project page here.
(Aerial photo of work over the El Rio Canal and I-95. Photo courtesy of FDOT)