It’ll soon be easier to get on I-95 from Woolbright Road in Boynton


Woolbright Road near Interstate 95 is getting improvements: wider lanes and more of them to get onto the highway.

But drivers can expect some headaches first, as lanes will close during construction, which is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.

Drivers will see crews in the area starting Monday, but daily and night lane closures aren’t expected to start until Feb. 21, according to Andrea Pacini, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

FDOT will spend $9.1 million on the project, one of four interchange-improvement projects that are happening, or will happen soon, in Palm Beach County.

The other projects are at Hypoluxo Road — which is currently under construction — 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth and at Donald Ross Road in Jupiter. The total cost for those projects, along with one in Broward County (from Hillsboro Boulevard to Southwest 10th Street), is $31.2 million, according to FDOT.

Woolbright Road’s interchange sees about 106,000 vehicles per day, Pacini said.

FDOT hopes the construction will improve functionality and traffic flow, ultimately making it easier for drivers to enter I-95 from Woolbright Road.

“Traffic backs up there a lot,” said Boynton Beach Mayor Jerry Taylor. “I’ve been there when you try to get on 95.”

Here’s what the project entails:

  • Widen Woolbright Road from Southwest 18th Street to Southwest Second Street, including roadway approaches and bridges over the railroad and the interstate.
  • Provide dual eastbound left-turn lanes onto northbound I-95 via the I-95 northbound entrance ramp from Woolbright.
  • Widen the northbound entrance ramp to receive the dual eastbound left-turn lanes with transition to single lanes.
  • Reconstruction of the southbound exit ramp at the Woolbright intersection to provide free-flow right turn to westbound Woolbright.
  • Retrofit existing bridge railings.
  • Mill and resurface the entire width of Woolbright Road within the project limits, and along ramps to the limits of construction.

 

The project also will include work on bridge construction, barrier walls, sidewalks, curbs, the guardrail, draining, relocation of utilities, overhead signs, signage and pavement marking, signals and retaining walls, according to FDOT.

Taylor said the construction will certainly be a disruption for residents, especially during the usually busy tourist season, but it’s necessary.

“It will be a little inconvenient but that’s part of what needs to be done,” he said.


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