Current and Upcoming Road & Municipal Projects
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New Seawater Pump Station for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
- Agency: City of Boca Raton
- Start / Estimated End Date: February 2022 / Spring 2023
- Hours of Work: Monday - Saturday, 7am - 5pm.
- Type of Closure: The north circle at Red Reef Park will be closed. Beach will remain open.
- Scope of Work: The City, in coordination with the Greater Beach and Parks District, is constructing new seawater intake lines and a pump station construction on the north end of Red Reef Park. The seawater intake lines will pull fresh seawater from the Atlantic Ocean and pump it to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center via the new pump station.
- Phase I: Intake line installation: Directional drill will be used to create path for two (2) new seawater intake lines. Piping for the intake lines will be constructed at South Inlet Park and transported to an offshore barge prior to being installed underground. Parking may be reduced at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. COMPLETED.
- Phase II: Pump station construction: Construction of a pump station building which will include excavation to install new sweater intake pumps. The north circle at Red Reef Park will be closed. Beach will remain open. IN PROGRESS.
- For any questions, call 561-416-3385.
Fun Fact: The current pump station that services Gumbo Limbo was installed 30 years ago and needs replacement. Once installed, the new pump will more efficiently provide clean, clear, natural ocean water for all the marine life at Gumbo Limbo and the adjacent FAU Marine Laboratory.
Parks & Recreation Projects
Red Reef Park
South bathroom is closed for renovations beginning August 15. There will be temporary toilets available during the renovation. The renovation will take approximately five months to complete. The renovation will bring the facility into ADA compliance, provide new plumbing fixtures, new tile walls, new epoxy flooring, new doors and louvers, new partitions and sidewalks in front of the building. This facility is anticipated to reopen January 2023.
The playground at Meadows Park is closed due to renovations. It will receive new playground equipment, surfacing, new shades, fencing and a new pavilion. Anticipated reopening is late Spring 2023.
Meadows Park Restroom
Restroom facility will be closed for renovations beginning January 16th. There will be temporary toilets available during the renovation. The renovation will take approximately five months to complete. The renovation will bring the facility into ADA compliance, provide new plumbing fixtures, new tile walls, new epoxy flooring, new doors and louvers, new partitions and sidewalks.
Lake Wyman/Rutherford Park
Please visit the project webpage.
Palmetto Park Road El Rio Canal Bridge
- Agency: Palm Beach County
- Proposed End Date: Late 2023 (Project has been delayed due to multiple construction delays).
- Type of Closure: Partial Lane Closure
- Scope of Work: See Project Overview
THIS PROJECT IS A PALM BEACH COUNTY PROJECT.
PLEASE CONTACT ALBERT HOFFMAN, AT 561-684-4180 FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THIS PROJECT.
The Palmetto Park Road El Rio Canal Bridge Project, overseen by Palm Beach County Roads and Bridge, will result in a widening of the existing Palmetto Park Road El Rio Canal Bridge. Two lanes of the bridge will remain open during the construction period.
Palm Beach County Roads and Bridge is extending the eight foot (8’) shared use pathway from the end of the FDOT project (where the pathway currently terminates on the north side of Palmetto Park Road), throughout the bridge upgrade, to the western limit of Palmetto Dunes Park.
The northern part of the bridge will be demolished first and the existing eastbound lanes will be reduced to one-lane in each direction. The southern part of the bridge will be demolished later with the traveling lanes moving to the westbound lanes. At all times one lane in each direction will be open to traffic. Access to adjacent property will be allowed throughout the project. The school flashing beacon will operate during construction as well.
Visit the County's projects page at https://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/Roads.aspx.
Visit the iSIP webpage for more information about the multi-year, multi-million dollar infrastructure program.
Additional Information and Questions/Concerns
For construction questions or concerns or any special requests: DMSI: Ryan Kaltz - Site Superintendent - cell phone: 954-826-8639
For additional information: City of Boca Raton: iSIP hotline at 561-338-7371 or email iSIP@myboca.us.
Traffic Signal Mast Arm Painting
Traffic Signal Mast Arms are being painted around the City in 59 locations. As of November 2022, the following intersections have been completed:
- Mizner & NE 2nd
- Yamato Road & NW 55 Diag.
- Yamato Road & St. Andrews Boulevard
- Spanish River Boulevard & Airport Road
- Spanish River Boulevard & West Library
- Yamato Road & Patch Reef Park
- Glades Road & St. Andrews Boulevard
- Glades Road & Butts Road
- Glades Road & NW 22nd Avenue (Renaissance Way)
- Glades Road & NW 13th Street
- Glades Road & NW 4th Avenue
- Glades Road & NW 2nd Avenue
- Spanish River Blvd & Broken Sound Blvd
- Glades Rd & Dixie Hwy
- Yamato Rd & Dixie Hwy
- Yamato Rd & Federal Hwy
- Yamato Rd & Congress Ave
- Yamato Rd & Fire Station #4
- Yamato Rd & NW 2nd Ave
- Federal Hwy & Camino Real
- Federal Hwy & SE Mizner Blvd
- Federal Hwy & SE 3rd St
- Federal Hwy & NE Mizner Blvd
- Palmetto Park Rd & NW 2nd Ave
- Palmetto Park Rd & Mizner Blvd
- Dixie Hwy & N 2nd St
- Palmetto Park Rd & NE 5th Ave
- Federal Hwy Light Poles
- Federal Hwy & Palmetto Park Rd
- Federal Hwy & NE 2nd St
- Dixie Hwy & 2nd St
- Palmetto Park Rd & Dixie Hwy
- Palmetto Park Rd & E 5 Av
- Powerline Rd & Verde Trail
- Jog Rd & Potomac Rd
- Jog Rd & NW 29 Way
- Spanish River Blvd & NW 2 Av
- Spanish River Blvd & NW 6 Way
- NW 2 Av & NW 28 Street
- Clint Moore Road & NW 24 Way
- Clint Moore Rd & Medical Center
- Clint Moore Rd & Broken Sound Pkwy
- Military Trail & Lennox Dr
- Military Trail & Yamato Rd
- Military & Office Depot
- Clint Moore Rd & Congress Av
- Congress Ave & Boca Club
- Congress Ave (Mid-Block Pedestrian Signal)
Traffic Signal Mast Arm Upgrades
As part of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) 440118, signalized intersections, currently installed with spam wires, are being upgraded to mast arms. This project replaces the aging infrastructure with more robust signals and benefitting residents and visitors with more resilient infrastructure against hurricanes and tropical storm activity.
The following intersections had the new mast arms activated:
- Palmetto Park Rd & NW/SW 12th Ave
- Palmetto Park Rd & St Andrews Blvd
- Dixie Hwy & NW 20th St
- St Andrews & Potomac Rd
- Military Trail & Camino Real
Additional intersections under construction phase as part of this project are:
- Clint Moore Rd & Jog Rd
- Palmetto Park Rd & SR A1A
- Yamato Rd & Jog Rd
Additional intersections under design phase as part of this project are:
- Spanish River Blvd & Military Trail
- Spanish River Blvd & Briken Sound
- Congress Avenue and Peninsula Corp Drive
- Military Trail and Verde Trail
- Palmetto Park Road and Palmetto Park Square
- Military Trail and Banyan Trail
- Palmetto Park Road and NW 9th Avenue
- Congress Avenue and Park of Commerce Boulevard
New Streetlight Fixture Installation In and Around Downtown
New energy efficient streetlight fixtures have been installed in and around the Downtown Boca/CRA district. The new fixtures replaced the current 30-year-old fixtures. Utilizing more energy efficient LED bulbs, the fixtures are more environmentally friendly and cast a brighter white light that better illuminates pedestrian areas below. The fixtures are also more aesthetically pleasing and complement surrounding architecture.
- Installation of 1,400 new fixtures started in the summer of 2021 and completed in early Fall of 2022
- 700 of the fixtures are in the Downtown Boca/CRA district
New streetlight fixtures on SE Mizner Blvd.
I-95 Express Lanes
The purpose of the 95 Express Lanes is to improve mobility, relieve congestion, provide additional travel options, enhance transit services, accommodate future growth and development in the region, enhance emergency evacuation, and improve system connectivity between key limited access facilities in South Florida. Parts of this project affecting the Boca Raton area are:
- 3B-2 Glades Rd to Linton Blvd
- SR-808/Glades Road Interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) - https://www.d4fdot.com/pbfdot/glades_road_diverging_diamond_interchange.asp for updates.
- Clint Moore Road bridge at I-95
- The Clint Moore Road bridge reopened to motorists on October 12, 2022. The inside lanes are open to vehicular traffic. The outside lanes remain closed off with barrels while the contractor finishes work. To ensure public safety, no cyclist or pedestrian access will be permitted while the outside lanes are closed.
Visit the the FDOT project webpage for more information. For Ramp and Traffic Impacts and Road Closures from the I-95 Express Lane Project, visit our Road Closures page.
Palmetto Park Road Intracoastal Waterway Bridge
The Palmetto Park Road Intracoastal Waterway Bridge Project, overseen by Palm Beach County Roads and Bridges, will result in routine maintenance for the existing Palmetto Park Road Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. The maintenance will require closures at the Palmetto Park Road Bridge to vehicles and pedestrians. The construction schedule has not yet been established.
Expected Start Date: Summer 2023
Expected Completion Date: TBD
More Information: Palm Beach County Roads and Bridges, 561-233-3950. Visit the County's projects page at https://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/Roads.aspx.
Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)
Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) have been installed along A1A to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
RRFBs are proven safety enhancement devices by increasing vehicular driver yielding to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing at uncontrolled crosswalks. According to a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), yielding rates up to 98% were noted. The City currently has RRFBs at selected locations in the downtown area on Palmetto Park Rd and Mizner Blvd.
The locations of installation are:
- 2531 S Ocean Blvd.
- Ponce De Leon Road & A1A (Ocean Blvd.)
- 400 S Ocean Blvd.
- 550 S Ocean Blvd.
- NE 4th Street & A1A (Ocean Blvd.)
- NE 6th Street & A1A (Ocean Blvd.)
- 1371 N Ocean Blvd. (Red Reef Park entrance)
- 2150 N Ocean Blvd.
- 2667 N Ocean Blvd. (Yacht & Racquet Club)
- 2871 N Ocean Blvd. (San Remo)
- 4201 N Ocean Blvd. (Sea Ranch Club)
Complete Streets Project
Municipal Services staff presented the Complete Streets project to City Council at a workshop on August 24, 2020. The purpose of the project is for a lane repurposing to shift US-1/Federal Highway from Camino Real to SE Mizner Boulevard from a six-lane to four-lane transition. This area has six-foot sidewalks along the east and west sides of the roadway with no separation between the sidewalk and two-foot curb-and-gutter. There are also four-foot conventional bicycle lanes along the east and west sides of the roadway.
The proposed study includes separated bike lanes, wider sidewalks, street trees, and other forms of landscaping. The project is a Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) priority project for fiscal year (FY) 2021 through 2025. The study was approved by FDOT on July 9, 2021. The project is included in the FDOT five-year work program (2022-2026) as FM 438386-5.
For more information on the project, view the presentation here.
The El Rio Trail crosswalk on Spanish River Boulevard has been relocated. Detours for pedestrian and bike traffic is routed east on Spanish River Boulevard to NW 6th Avenue to cross. Please make sure to push the button at the intersection to activate the crossing light.
- Why was the crosswalk for the El Rio Trail at Spanish River Boulevard moved?
Since the opening of I-95/FAU interchange on Spanish River Boulevard, the City has received numerous citizen concerns regarding pedestrian/bicyclist movement on the El Rio Trail crossing Spanish River Boulevard. The new connection to I-95 has increased traffic volumes on Spanish River Boulevard and put the crosswalk closer to a signalized intersection. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) added rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at this crosswalk to improve vehicular traffic that should yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. RRFBs alone were observed to not be effective enough at this location and had vehicular yielding rates under 50%. The City and its related stakeholders (FDOT and Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency) are currently evaluating long-term solutions to address this concern. In the interim, as an immediate safety precaution, the City relocated the crosswalk to NW 6th Way to provide a crossing on Spanish River Boulevard at the closest signalized intersection.
- Was the old crosswalk connecting El Rio Trail a protected crosswalk?
No, the old crosswalk was unsignalized and an unprotected crosswalk. RRFBs are not traffic control devices but rather a pedestrian-actuated device to enhance crossing notification.
- Is the newly installed crosswalk at NW 6th Way a protected crosswalk?
Yes, the newly installed crosswalk at NW 6th Way is a protected crosswalk with an exclusive traffic phase for pedestrian and bike traffic. It the safest form of crossing a roadway. In addition, signal timing has been designed to provide a priority to pedestrians/bicyclists crossing at this location. This means that the crossing phase will be ON within approximately 20 to 25 seconds from the time pedestrians/bicyclists push the button to cross.
- The signs and push buttons seem to be on the wrong side, why?
Pedestrian pushbuttons and signal heads at the new crosswalk are installed in accordance with the latest National and State guidelines.
- Are there any plans to widen the sidewalks on Spanish River Boulevard or change the crossing for the El Rio Trail on Spanish River Boulevard?
The City is currently evaluating the sidewalk width as well as options for crossing Spanish River Boulevard to enhance pedestrian/bicycle mobility.
- Are there any signs to aid users on the El Rio Trail to safely cross at the new crosswalk on NW 6th Way?
Yes, signage has been provided to detour pedestrians/bicyclists on the El Rio Trail to cross at the new crosswalk. The City is actively monitoring this location and may add additional signs as determined necessary.
- How long will this El Rio Trail crossing detour be in place at Spanish River Boulevard?
A revised crossing is currently in the evaluation phase. If a viable improvement is selected, it could take 3 – 5 years to go from concepts to construction.