Current and Upcoming Road & Municipal Projects
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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.
New Seawater Pump Station for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Construction of the new pump station for the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is underway. The new pump station will be located at the north end of Red Reef Park. Site clearing has been completed and excavation is in progress. Work will progress continuously through the end of the year.
The north circle at Red Reef Park will be closed. Beach will remain open.
Work on the project will take place Monday – Saturday, from approximately 7am-5pm.
The City, in coordination with the Greater Beach and Parks District, are 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.
Palmetto Park Road El Rio Canal Bridge
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, which is estimated to last approximately 15 months.
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.
Expected Start Date: August 2, 2021
Expected Completion Date: To be determined
More Information: Palm Beach County Roads and Bridges, 561-233-3950 or [email protected]. Visit the County's projects page at https://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/Roads.aspx.
Visit www.myboca.us/iSIP for more information about the Program.
Additional Information and Questions/Concerns
We appreciate your patience as we upgrade the City’s water system!
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 [email protected].
Parks & Recreation Projects
Visit https://www.myboca.us/1773/Wildflower-Silver-Palm-Park-Site for updates.
Wildflower Park is currently undergoing a complete renovation. Work currently being done includes construction of a new seawall. Once that is complete, a new park will be constructed including:
- new parking
- new waterfront walkway and seating
- new lighting
- new restroom building and pavilion
- new splash pad
- new public art works
- a grand stair overlooking the water
- an improved connection to Silver Palm Park
- and a renovation to Silver Palm is also included in the project
- an additional boat ramp
- increased boat parking
- new restroom building
- an improved entrance
The playground at Meadows Park is closed this summer due to renovations. It will receive new playground equipment, surfacing, new shades, fencing and a pavilion restoration, and is due to reopen in fall 2022.
Hillsboro El Rio Park Restroom Renovation
The Hillsboro El Rio Park North restroom is being renovated. The interior work of the restroom is on-schedule. The exterior columns are waiting to be replaced.
Red Reef Park
South bathroom will be 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.
Traffic Signal Mast Arms
Traffic Signal Mast Arms are being painted around the City in 59 locations. As of mid-November 2020, mast arms at 13 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
As of mid-May 2021, the following intersections have also been completed:
- 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
Since May 2021, the following intersections have been completed:
- 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
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 (7.22.21)
- Palmetto Park Rd & St Andrews Blvd (7.23.21)
- Dixie Hwy & NW 20th St (11.17.21)
- St Andrews & Potomac Rd (12.14.21)
Additional intersections under design as part of this project are:
- Yamato Rd & Jog Rd
- Clint Moore Rd & Jog Rd
- Palmetto Park Rd & SR A1A
- Military Trail & Camino Real
Schedule for completion of the additional intersections has not been set.
New Streetlight Fixture Installation In and Around Downtown
New energy efficient streetlight fixtures are being installed in and around the Downtown Boca/CRA district. The new fixtures will replace 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
- 700 of the fixtures are in the Downtown Boca/CRA district
- As of January 28, 2022, approximately 740 fixtures have already been installed
- Remaining 600-700 fixtures are scheduled to be completed by end of 2022
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)
- Clint Moore Road bridge at I-95
FDOT - Brant Drive Bridge Replacement Project
From Oregon Lane to Avocet Rd
- Start Date: August 2, 2021
- Completion Date: Early 2023
- Construction Hours: M-F 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Saturdays 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Bridge Closure: Duration of construction
Brant Drive will be closed from Oregon Lane to Avocet Road beginning Monday, August 2, 2021, and will remain closed during the construction of the bridge over the C-15 Canal. Traffic will be detoured to North Dixie Hwy via Hidden Valley Blvd and Lindell Blvd. Please follow the provided detour outlined in the Project Flyer.
Work consists of replacing the two-lane Brant Drive Bridge (Bridge No. 935501) over the C-15 Canal with a new bridge consisting of two travel lanes and 10-foot shared-use paths in each direction. Improvements also include constructing 10-foot shared-use paths in each direction north of the bridge, reconstructing sidewalks south of the bridge, adding decorative lighting and drainage, upgrading signage and pavement markings, reconstructing roadway approaches and milling and resurfacing.
Visit the Florida Department of Transportation's Project Page for more information.
Please see below anticipated work, weather permitting, through May 25:
- Reconstructing roadway approaches
- Installing traffic seperators
- Pouring concrete for traffic railings
- Installing electrical conduits in traffic railing for lighting
- Please anticipate Saturday activities from 8am - 4pm
- Brant Drive between Oregon Lane and Avocet Road is closed for bridge construction. Traffic is being detoured to North Dixie Highway via Hidden Valley Boulevard and Lindell Boulevard.
- Access to adjacent properties will be maintained.
- Navigation of the canal will be maintained for marine traffic.
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.
Palm Beach County - Camino Real Roadway Project
Camino Real - Military Trail to SW 7th
In winter 2020, Palm Beach County sent out notices for the upcoming resurfacing and safety improvement road project on W Camino Real. No additional lanes or paved shoulders will be added.
Palm Beach County (PBC) has been working on Camino Real from Military Trail to SW 7th Avenue. The contractor R&D Paving started this job on 2/16/2022 and the estimated end date 6/16/2022.
MOT Permit Schedule:
- Proposed Started Date 2/16/2022 and Estimated End Date 6/16/2022
- Scope of Work: Milling, Resurfacing and Safety Improvements
MOT Permit schedule:
- Camino Real from Military Trail to SW 7th Avenue = 2/16 to 6/16
More Information: https://discover.pbcgov.org/engineering/roadwayproduction/Pages/default.aspx and direct link to the road plans:
https://discover.pbcgov.org/engineering/roadwayproduction/Documents/W,%20Camino%20Real,%20Military%20Trl.%20to%20SW%207th%20Ave.%20Final%20Plans.pdf and the County's projects page at https://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/Roads.aspx.
Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)
Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) are coming to 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.
10 RRFBs will be installed along A1A beginning in early summer and are estimated to be complete in Fall 2022. 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.
All County Pavement Management Solutions will be working on Yamato Road from N Military Trail to Boca West Drive.
Yamato Road between N Military Trail and Boca West Drive Lane Closures
Work is being executed in advance of school opening in August 2022.
ADVANCED NOTICE: Upon completion of the Yamato Rd. paving project, Spanish River Blvd. from Military Trail to Broken Sound Blvd. AND from NW 6th Way to Federal Hwy. will also be resurfaced. Project timelines will be updated as the Yamato Rd. resurfacing nears completion.