A yearlong State Road A1A resurfacing project through Highland Beach and a small portion of Delray Beach was planned to begin the last few days of May.

Initially the $8.3 million project was to include silt fencing and tree protection barriers on both sides of A1A, with road construction to start once that is completed, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Crews will begin construction of the 3.3-mile project just south of Linton Boulevard and head south. Traffic disruptions are expected and advance notice of lane closures will be provided through signs and other communications.

The widening of the road, mainly on the west side of South Ocean Boulevard, will also result in the removal of landscaping and the relocating of two dozen trees. Six trees in poor condition cannot be saved, FDOT representatives say.

The improvements will be especially noticeable at the intersection of A1A and Linton Boulevard. For years, town leaders and residents have complained about northbound cars causing lengthy backups while waiting to turn onto the Linton Boulevard bridge.

The project will more than triple the length of the left-turn lane for cars heading over the bridge, from 75 feet to 275 feet. The lane now accommodates only about three cars. That will expand to about 11 cars once the work is complete, meaning that turning cars will block northbound traffic less often.
— Rich Pollack

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