BOCA RATON, Fla. - Major changes are in the works for Interstate 95 through Boca Raton, two years ahead of schedule. The $77 million project will allow drivers to go straight to FAU's campus; a much-needed improvement with the new stadium set to open this month.
"This is a new interchange that will serve Spanish River Blvd at the FAU Boulevard intersection which feeds the campus," says Ron Wallace, Project Manager with the Florida Department of Transportation.
Right now the only way to get to Florida Atlantic University from I-95 are the Glades and Yamato exits, both are often bogged down with traffic.
"Glades is ridiculous I avoid it whenever I can," says FAU student George Loebig.
The project was built to alleviate the headache. Various bridges will be built to help bring north and southbound interstate traffic straight to the north side of campus, conveniently where the new 30,000 seat football stadium is.
The plan also calls for a direct route from the Tri-Rail station on Yamato to the university. The project wasn't supposed to get started until 2015, now the I-95 overhaul should be done by then.
"Lower bids have given us the ability to advance a lot of these projects," says Wallace.
Not fast enough for the stadium opener, but at least by its third season.