By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Today, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) updated the traffic advisory that beginning 5AM, Tuesday morning, May 26th, westbound Atlantic Avenue approaching I-95 will have a new configuration. The 0.852 mile roadworks began January 2019 and is set to complete summer 2020 at a cost of $5.2 million.

I-95, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
Delray Beach traffic moving westbound on Atlantic Avenue approaching I-95 will have a new configuration, photo provided by FDOT.

The northernmost, or far right lane, of westbound Atlantic Avenue just west of NW 12th Avenue will be designated as I-95 entrance ramp ingress only. Vehicles traveling in this lane will no longer be able to perform a through movement to continue west on Atlantic Avenue due to the installation of a concrete traffic separator.

This lane will be exclusively designated for vehicles wishing to access I-95 northbound or southbound. Motorists should note that the decision point for this movement will need to be made before motorists reach NW 12th Avenue. “It will force people to make a decision sooner, so they have to commit the direction they want to go,” said I-95 project spokesperson Andrea Pacini.

This project includes widening the northbound entrance ramp from Atlantic Avenue, creating a dedicated lane for I-95 northbound and southbound access from westbound Atlantic Avenue, construction of two turn lanes from westbound Atlantic Avenue — one to northbound Congress Avenue and one to southbound Congress Avenue.

Also milling, resurfacing, construction of retaining walls, new watermain installation, drainage improvements, guardrail, sign structures, lighting, installation of fiber optic and ITS with CCTV video and ethernet, pavement markings for improved safety and visibility, realigned crosswalks for improved pedestrian safety.

The project includes internally illuminated and electronic display signs, signalization, pedestrian detectors and traffic monitoring sites as well. Pavement markings for bike lanes will be included throughout the project.

Work is being done by Russell Engineering Inc. of Fort Lauderdale,. Residents are encouraged to contact FDOT Community Outreach Specialist Andrea Pacini at or 561-214-3358. The project progress can be tracked online at the web site.

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