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Along the Coast: Overdue I-95 interchange work could wrap this month

By Jane Smith

Motorists will continue to face construction delays at the Woolbright and Hypoluxo road Interstate 95 interchanges.

The contractor is now saying it will be the end of January for most of the work to be finished, according to Andi Pacini, community outreach spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation.

Work at the five locations is taking place mostly overnight to ease the impact on traffic.

For Woolbright Road, the traffic restrictions include periodic overnight lane and ramp closings. During closures, southbound traffic will be detoured via Boynton Beach Boulevard. Northbound traffic will detour to Atlantic Avenue via Congress Avenue.

The southbound I-95 exit ramp to and southbound I-95 entrance ramp from Woolbright will not be closed at the same time. 

The north sidewalk on Woolbright Road, between Southwest Eighth and Southwest Second streets, will remain closed through January. 

Pedestrians will have to use the south sidewalk. Signs are posted to direct pedestrians.

At Hypoluxo Road, the traffic restrictions also include periodic overnight lane and ramp closings. During closures, northbound traffic will be detoured via Lantana Road. Southbound traffic will detour to Gateway Boulevard via Congress Avenue.

The Woolbright and Hypoluxo Road interchange projects are part of a $32.5 million, five-interchange bid in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Construction work on the Hypoluxo Road interchange started in June 2015 and work on the Woolbright Road interchange began in January 2016, Pacini said.

The contract end date for all five projects was Nov. 3, 2017. As a result, the contractor is being fined $8,491.01 per day for all five since Nov. 4, 2017, Pacini said.

Atlantic interchange work

Construction work will start Jan. 7 at the Atlantic Avenue interchange in Delray Beach, according to Pacini.

The work for the Florida Department of Transportation will include: widening the northbound entrance ramp from Atlantic Avenue, creating a dedicated lane for I-95 northbound and southbound access from westbound Atlantic Avenue, installing new water mains, improving the drainage and realigning the crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety.

The project will cost $5.2 million. Russell Engineering Inc. has the contract, and work is expected to be completed in spring 2020, Pacini said.

Traffic will not be restricted for the project, Pacini said. 

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