At long last, here’s when the Spanish River interchange of I-95 will open

Feb 22, 2018
An aerial view of the Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard in Boca Raton in January. The interchange is expected to open Feb. 28 after more than four years of construction. (Courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation)

BOCA RATON — A long-awaited Interstate 95 interchange touted as a solution to traffic congestion in Boca Raton will open at the end of the month, Florida Department of Transportation officials say.

A ribbon-cutting for the interchange at Spanish River Boulevard, the fifth in Boca, is planned for Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

Construction on the $69 million interchange project has been in the works for more than four years. 

The interchange, between Yamato and Glades roads, already is partially open to drivers. All but the auxiliary ramps between Yamato Road and Spanish River Boulevard are expected to open by Feb. 28. 

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

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.