A new I-95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard in Boca Raton has been officially adopted as a future development project by the Florida Department of Transportation.
So says County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Numerous traffic analyses performed during the past few years have shown that this segment of I-95 does not meet the required standards, mainly because of the high levels of congestion.
“I have been working on this since my first days as mayor, and it has finally come to fruition,” Abrams says. “It will provide needed relief to Glades Road and Yamato Road, two of the county’s most congested interchanges.”
The proposed airport/FAU interchange will connect to Spanish River Boulevard, extending from Military Trail on the west to A1A on the east. It will provide a back entrance to FAU’s campus while providing relief on Glades Road, and eliminate residential cut-through traffic via Yamato Road.
One of the main reasons for the interchange is to serve FAU, which has a new campus master plan that shows explosive growth for commuter and local students. Currently, there are approximately 15,000 students at the Boca campus, of whom more than 12,000 are commuters.
FAU is also planning a Division 1 football stadium large enough to seat 40,000 people and will be used for other events, such as concerts.
The proposed interchange is part of the Five-Year Work Program and is scheduled to begin late in 2014.
— Staff report