Boynton Beach residents in the Village of Golf neighborhood will have to deal with another month of traffic frustration after the county closed Golf Road for an estimated five weeks.
Road work on the street, which links South Military Trail and South Congress Avenue, started Sept. 4 so workers can uplift tree roots and repave the road, said Adam Faustini, county director of engineering and public works. Money for the project has been funded by the penny sales tax project.
The road is also a main pathway for the Quail Ridge neighborhood. Currently the road is only closed midway and not at the two main entrances on Congress Avenue and Military Trail.
Although detour signs re-direct traffic on Military Trail, Woolbright Road and Congress Avenue, Village manager Christine Thrower said drivers have not followed the bright orange detour signs because official road closure did not happen until Tuesday.
“The signs for construction have been there since the end of August,” said Thrower. “People stopped believing in the signs.”
Thrower said anybody who lives in the area uses Golf Road as a popular shortcut, but those who don’t live in the Village or in Quail Ridge aren’t aware it’s closed.
“It’s a beautiful tree line road with no traffic signals,” Thrower said. “Everyone drives through here.”
Now when drivers turn into either entrance they make sharp U-turns where fences block the road, almost causing accidents, Thrower said.
“I nearly got hit twice when ticked off people whipped a U-turn in front of us turning into the Village,” Thrower said.
Resident Lori Rex also noticed the erratic driving on the road.
“Everyone is coming in from Military and turning around at our entrance — it’s so dangerous,” Rex said.
Thrower said after contacting the county they responded very quickly and pushed road closing signs farther west so people who are maneuvering around the fenced-off area can make a safe U-turn.
“Numbers are dwindling since the county responded, but some are still doing it,” Thrower said.
Official closure of the road midway did not start until Sept. 11.
“Our intent is to lessen the traffic at any time we can,” Faustini said, adding that the county is in constant contact with three people who live in the neighborhoods.
The project has been divided into two phases: the first phase closes Golf Road mid-way between Quail Ridge Drive and Country Road East and the second phase closes between Country Road West and the entrance to the Village of Golf. The first phase is estimated to be complete by Sept. 16, and the second phase by Oct. 19 with weather permitting, Faustini said.
Once Golf Road is re-opened and ready to be paved, Faustini said there will be nightly road closures. He did not specify the times they will be closed.