With work set to being this month on a stretch of Southern Boulevard through the western communities, residents have a chance this week to learn more about the project.
The Florida Department of Transportation will have an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Loxahatchee Groves Town Hall, 155 F Road, to discuss the work on the stretch of Southern from Lion Country Safari to the intersection with Forest Hill and Crestwood boulevards.
There will not be a formal presentation. Instead, the plans will be on display with FDOT staff and consultants available to answer questions about the $33 million project, which includes widening Southern from four to six lanes, FDOT said in a news release.
Crews also will add a shared-use path, paved shoulders, and new drainage, signs, pavement markings and lighting, FDOT said.
The project is one of several planned for Southern over the next few years, with each designed to improve commutes along the increasingly busy road.
Another, set to kick off next year, will add a third westbound left-turn lane from Southern onto Forest Hill Boulevard and a continuous northbound-to-eastbound right-turn lane from Forest Hill onto Southern; widen the bridge over the C-51 canal; and add new bike lanes on both roads.
A third would add an eastbound right-turn lane and a second westbound left-turn lane at Southern’s intersection with Sansbury’s Way.
For more information on Thursday’s open house, contact FDOT project manager Jessica Lewis at 561-370-1113 or email@example.com.