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Department of Transportation has new 'Diverging Diamond' design for Glades Road I-95 interchange

Posted at 5:26 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:48:56-04

BOCA RATON, Fla.  — More road construction is set for next year in Boca Raton and it will bring changes to a hectic intersection.

The Florida Department of Transportation will start the next phase in the 95 express lane project from Glades Road to Linton Boulevard in January of 2020. FDOT will reconfigure the Glades Road I-95 interchange during construction.

On Monday FDOT and their consultants presented their design for the interchange to the Boca Raton City Council. The design would completely change the interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange, a design that FDOT says would be safer and save money.

“I try to stay out of rush hour since I am retired, so I am the lucky one,” Amy Morrison said. She said she will avoid areas like Glades/95 because of the crazy traffic.

FDOT said their DDI should help move traffic through the interchange with less time at traffic lights and easier movements. The DDI will remove the on/off loops and instead have drivers cross over into westbound and eastbound sides of the bridge.

If a driver is in the westbound lane, they would cross over to the left side of the road while going over the 95 bridge. Drivers will have the option to get on 95 north and south or stay on Glades Road. Once a driver passes over the bridge the lane will switch back to the right side of the road.

The diagram looks like a diamond design and will have two traffic lights at each criss-crossing point.

“I don’t know if that will make a whole lot of difference,” Morrison said. She has doubts any changes would make a different for the traffic.

FDOT plans to start construction on the next I-95 express lanes phase in January of 2020. They did say they will not start on the Glades bridge until the Palmetto Park bridge is done.

See the full presentation below.

FDOT presentation on Diverging Diamond Interchange at Glades Road. by Eric Weiss on Scribd