UPDATE: Glades Road interchange open this weekend; to close next weekend for finishing touches
BOCA RATON — The interchange at Glades Road and Interstate 95 will be closed the weekend of March 31-April 2, instead of this weekend, to put final touches on the Boca Raton exit.
Officials originally planned to close the interchange in May for final fixes, but moved that up to this weekend. However, late Thursday the Florida Department of Transportation and the city of Boca Raton announced a delay on that final work.
The reconfigured exit, also now known by many as Palm Beach County's first "diverging diamond" interchange, was initially opened in late January. The new look, combined with the numerous orange construction barrels and unfamiliar traffic lights and patterns, created some initial confusion for drivers.
Next weekend's work will help clear that up. Here is the updated schedule:
Glades Road at I-95 will be shut down starting at 11 p.m., Friday, March 31, through 5 a.m., Monday, April 3.
The final result will feature four travel lanes in each direction, including a dual-through turn lane to the I-95 northbound entrance ramp. Currently, the interchange is open to traffic with three eastbound and three westbound lanes — what FDOT has called a temporary configuration.
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“To minimize impact to the traveling public, FDOT, the contractor, and project team have worked closely with the City of Boca Raton to expedite the remaining work at the interchange,” an FDOT release said.
The final configuration also will include sidewalks on the north and south sides of Glades Road, 7-foot painted bike lanes on both sides of the street and final paving, striping, signs, signalization and pavement markings.
The following full closure advanced notices have been issued for next weekend:
I-95 northbound entrance ramp from westbound Glades Road: Traffic will be detoured via Airport Road and Spanish River Boulevard.
I-95 northbound entrance ramp from eastbound Glades Road: Traffic will be detoured via Butts Road, Military Trail and Yamato Road.
I-95 northbound exit ramp to Glades Road: Traffic will be detoured via I-95 northbound and Yamato Road.
I-95 southbound entrance ramp from eastbound Glades Road: Traffic will be detoured via Butts Road, Town Center Road, Military Trail and Palmetto Park Road.
I-95 southbound entrance ramp from westbound Glades Road: Traffic will be detoured via Airport Road and Spanish River Boulevard.
I-95 southbound exit ramp to Glades Road: Traffic will be detoured via I-95 and Palmetto Park Road.
FDOT advises motorists to drive within the interchange speed limit of 35 mph, stay in the interior lanes if they wish to travel straight through it and obey traffic signals as they would on any other roadway once it reopens.
Detour flyers and maps can be found on the project’s webpage.
Jasmine Fernández is a journalist covering Delray Beach and Boca Raton at The Palm Beach Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @jasminefernandz. Help support our work. Subscribe today.
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