Progress continues on Spanish River I-95 interchange in Boca Raton


After limiting construction during the holidays, work on the Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard continues and nears its homestretch.

The fifth highway interchange in Boca Raton, between Yamato and Glades roads, is partially open to drivers. But all ramps are expected to open by February, weather permitting.

The interchange at Spanish River Boulevard has been in the works for nearly four-and-a-half years. The bridges are almost complete, and workers will continue paving roadways, widening lanes and adding landscaping, the Florida Department of Transportation reports.

The southbound on-ramp and northbound off-ramp at Spanish River opened this past year.

Contruction on the $69 million interchange project often causes congestion on the heavily-traveled north and southbound lanes of I-95, as well as the largely residential and industrial Spanish River Boulevard. To ease traffic impacts, FDOT limited work during the holidays.

This month, workers will add lighting and signals throughout the project, finalize drainage and construct underpasses and sidewalks at El Rio Trail at Yamato Road.

The state’s transportation department might close up to three northbound and southbound lanes between Glades Road and Congress Avenue as needed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Once open, the interchange is expected to bring much-needed traffic relief to Glades Road, the city’s most heavily-traveled east-west thoroughfare.

Drivers coming from the north will have a direct route to Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus through its entrance on Spanish River Boulevard. This is expected to relieve some congestion from Glades Road, where the university’s main entrance is, during peak hours.

The interchange also might spark development on the quiet 3-mile stretch of Spanish River Boulevard, a largely suburban and industrial area with the 1.7 million-square-foot Boca Raton Innovation Campus to the west of I-95 and a stretch of homes, office buildings and small shopping strips to the east.



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