BOCA RATON, Fla. - Brace for it, traffic along I-95 in Boca Raton is going to pick up when fall classes start at Florida Atlantic University this month.
Two construction projects should improve the situation. First, crews are building a new interchange connecting Spanish River Boulevard to I-95.
Next, the plan is to add lanes to Glades Road east and west of the interstate.
The Florida Department of Transportation said the projects are needed to keep up with increased traffic in the area. It will also give students better access to FAU.
Drivers told NewsChannel 5 they're ready for some relief.
The frustration of sitting bumper to bumper when you need to be somewhere is overwhelming. "I'm taking the girls to camp, school, or going to work," said Reginee Bromson. For her, the traffic jams happen all too often on Glades Road near I-95.
"Every single day, sometimes twice to three times a day," she pointed out.
FDOT said traffic in the area increased about 5% in the past year. Now, planners want to add another lane each direction from the Town Center Mall to FAU. It would expand the two-mile stretch of Glades Road to eight lanes and construction should start by 2019.
"If they expand the roadway, it's definitely going to benefit commuters in the long run, specifically when school's back in session and during the peak season months here in south Florida," said Sivan Alamary, a Boca Raton resident.
The planned expansion is on top of work already underway. Contractors are linking I-95 to FAU using Spanish River Boulevard. Work should be done in about 18 months.
The combination means getting around town should become a lot easier. "Hopefully it will be a good change," said Bromson.