By Jane Smith

    Motorists who use the Interstate 95 interchange at Woolbright Road will see construction equipment move into the area as the contractor starts work on the nearly two-year construction project.
    Woolbright Road will be widened from Southwest 18th Street (west side of the interstate) east to Southwest Second Street. At times only one travel lane would be open in each direction, said Andrea Pacini, spokeswoman for I-95 interchange improvements.
    The $9.1 million design-build project will require lane closures this year and continue throughout the project’s duration until the estimated summer 2017 completion, Pacini said. Ramp and I-95 lane closures are permitted only between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, she said.
    Plans also call for dual left-turn lanes in both eastbound and westbound directions onto I-95, widening the northbound ramp to receive the dual eastbound turn lanes and transition to one lane, rebuilding the south exit ramp to allow traffic to flow freely onto westbound Woolbright, retrofitting bridge railings to meet current criteria for Woolbright Road bridges over I-95 and CSX tracks, and milling and resurfacing the entire width of Woolbright within the project limits.
    Other improvements include bridge construction, barrier walls, curbs, sidewalks, guardrails, drainage, utility relocation, overhead signs, signage and pavement markings, signals, lighting and retaining walls.
    The design was led by BCC Engineering Inc.’s Fort Lauderdale office and the contractor is Community Asphalt Corp.’s West Palm Beach office

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  • Hopefully this project will facilitate the better movement of traffic when it is finished and not just make it easier to flood the area with more cars.

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