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Glades Road at Interstate 95 diverging diamond interchange closed through Monday

FAU campus in Boca Raton can be accessed via Spanish River Boulevard
Aerial view of I-95 diverging diamond interchange at Glades Road on morning of its opening, Jan. 30, 2023
Posted at 11:12 AM, Apr 01, 2023

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Glades Road at Interstate 95 interchange in Boca Raton remains closed through 5 a.m. Monday morning as the Florida Department of Transportation puts the finishing touches on the diverging diamond project.

The intersection is one of two for access to Florida Atlantic University. The other one is Spanish River Boulevard.

At 11 p.m. Friday, FDOT closed the first lanes before Glades.

By Monday morning, all lanes and movements will be open.

I-95 traffic will continue under Glades Road but there will be no exiting to the road. And drivers on Glades Road won't be able to enter the interstate in each direction or over the highway.

FDOT is working with the City of Boca Raton staff to monitor and manage traffic conditions at the Glades Road and I-95 Interchange.

The project was to be completed the previous week but pushed back "due to "unforeseen delay" though the project is ahead of its target completion of May 1.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding," FDOT said in a news release.

Daily lane closures within the area may be required to finalize sod placement operations after the DDI is in final configuration, FDOT said Friday.

At 3 p.m. on Jan. 30, the interchange partially opened for the first time but work continued.

In the past week FDOT closed all northbound lanes of I-95 at Glades Road for overhead sign structure installation.

The diamond configuration had been open to traffic in a temporary configuration with three travel lanes available in each direction. Pedestrian traffic is being detoured to the north sidewalk, while construction on the south side is finalized.

The diverging diamond interchange allows two directions of traffic on the roadway to temporarily cross to the opposite side of the road, according to FDOT. This limits traffic signal phases and allows drivers to make a left turn without crossing in front of oncoming traffic. The lanes then change back to the right side of the road.

The new interchange is part of an I-95 express phase project FDOT started in November 2019 with a price tag of $148 million.

A Florida Department of Transportation construction engineer explains how the I-95 diverging diamond interchange at Glades Road -- the first of its kind in Palm Beach County -- should cut down on traffic crashes.

By: Allen Cone

Posted at 8:26 PM, Mar 23, 2023
and last updated 11:49 AM, Mar 25, 2023
BOCA RATON, Fla. — The full closure of the Interstate 95-Glades Road intersection in Boca Raton from Friday night to Monday morning has been postponed to next weekend.

To implement final configuration of the Glades Road diverging diamond interchange, Glades Road at I-95 will close to traffic at 11 p.m. Friday and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 3 in its final configuration with all lanes and movements open and available later that day.

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I-95 traffic will continue under Glades Road but there will be no exiting to the road. And drivers on Glades Road won't be able to enter the interstate in each direction or over the highway.

FDOT said it continues to work with the City of Boca Raton staff to monitor and manage traffic conditions at the Glades Road and I-95 Interchange while final construction activities are underway.

FDOT said the delay was "due to "unforeseen delay" though the project is ahead of its target completion of May 1.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding," FDOT said in a news release.

At 3 p.m. on Jan. 30, the interchange partially opened for the first time but work continued.

FDOT will close all northbound lanes of I-95 at Glades Road overnight from Sunday through Thursday for overhead sign structure installation. The first lane will close at 9 p.m., the second lane at 10 p.m., and all lanes will by 11 p.m., and reopening by 5 a.m. each morning.

Traffic will be detoured via the northbound exit ramp to Glades Road, U.S.-1/Federal Highway and Yamato Road.

The diamon configuration is now open to traffic in a temporary configuration with three travel lanes available in each direction. Pedestrian traffic is being detoured to the north sidewalk, while construction on the south side is finalized.