By Jane Smith
A 4.3-mile stretch of Federal Highway from George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach to Murano Bay Drive in Boynton Beach will be redone in the next 18 months.
Murano Bay Drive sits just north of the Boynton Canal.
Work started Oct. 17 just north of George Bush Boulevard, according to Meredith Cruz, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation project. “For now, we anticipate work to take place on the east side of the project first, moving north,” Cruz wrote in an email to The Coastal Star.
The work has an estimated completion date of early 2021. “It is an estimate and does not include holiday time, weather delays (rain, hurricanes, etc.) or unforeseen circumstances,” Cruz wrote.
The $5.4 million contract, awarded to Hardrives Inc. of Delray Beach, covers milling and resurfacing; roadway reconstruction; installation of concrete curbs, gutters, driveways, sidewalks and bike lanes; and new bridge railings.
The contractor plans to start with sidewalk replacement and drainage pipe lining operations along the corridor, according to Cruz. Traffic signals will be upgraded in Delray Beach at Northeast 14th Street, and in Boynton Beach at Gulfstream Boulevard, Southeast 23rd Avenue, Woolbright Road, Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach Boulevard and Northeast 10th Avenue. The upgraded signals will be able to detect waiting pedestrians.
The work will be done from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, with the possibility of one lane closed in each direction. During the nights of Sunday through Thursday, work will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Cruz also wrote that temporary nightly closures of two Federal Highway intersections will take place in early 2020. The Ocean Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard intersections need to be rebuilt. Only one intersection will be closed at a time.
“The operations are expected to last for approximately one month, weather permitting. Motorists will be directed to use a marked detour route around the intersections during the nightly full closures,” Cruz wrote.
Advance notice will be given about the closing of each intersection.
The landscaped medians are not included in the project. The width of travel and bike lanes and sidewalks will remain the same, according to Cruz.
For more information, contact Cruz at 641-6440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.