New Boca Raton I-95 Interchange Approved
Major Relief Expected
Commissioner Abrams, also serving as a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, announced today that a new Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard in Boca Raton has been officially adopted as a future development project by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Based on reports issued by FDOT, numerous traffic analyses performed over the past few years have clearly indicated this segment of I-95 does not meet the required level of standards, mainly because of the high levels of congestion.
“I have been working on this since my first days as mayor, and it has finally come to fruition,” said Abrams. “It will provide needed relief to Glades Road and Yamato Road, two of the county’s most congested interchanges,” he added.
The proposed Airport/FAU interchange will connect to Spanish River Boulevard, extending from Military Trail on the west to A1A on the east. It will provide a “back-entrance” to FAU’s campus while providing the much needed relief on Glades Road, and eliminate persistent problematic residential cut-through traffic via Yamato Road.
One of the primary reasons for the new interchange is to serve FAU, which has a new campus Master Plan that shows explosive growth for commuter and non-commuter students. Currently, there are approximately 15,000 students, of which over 12,000 are commuters. Additionally, FAU is planning a Division 1 football stadium designated to seat 40,000 people and will be used for other events, such as concerts.
The proposed new interchange is part of the Five-Year Work Program and is scheduled to commence in the fall of 2014.