I-95 at Woolbright Road PD&E Study


About the Study

 


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for SR 9/I-95 from South of Woolbright Road to North of Woolbright Road in Palm Beach County, Florida. The purpose of this project is to address traffic spillback onto I-95, reduce congestion on I-95 and Woolbright Road, improve interchange operations, and improve safety at the I-95 and Woolbright Road interchange through the 2045 design year horizon. This project will also consider SIS connector improvements needed within the project area and will be consistent with plans for the I-95 mainline, including the potential extension of I-95 Managed Lanes through Palm Beach County. This proposed study will investigate alternatives to improve the overall operating conditions and enhance safety within the interchange.

The Interchange of I-95 at Woolbright Road is located in Palm Beach County in the City of Boynton Beach. The project limits along I-95 extend from just south of Woolbright Road at SW 23rd Avenue to just north of Woolbright Road about 2,000-ft north of the interchange. The project limits along Woolbright Road extend from SW 18th Street on the west to just east of I-95 at SW 2nd Street. The project area includes the signalized intersections at SW 8th Street, and the I-95 southbound and northbound ramps. The South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC)/CSX Railroad is adjacent to the project corridor and runs parallel along the west side of I-95. Tri-Rail operates along this rail corridor, with the nearest station; Boynton Beach Tri-Rail Station located 2.68 miles to the north of Woolbright Road, just north of the Gateway Boulevard interchange.

I-95 is a ten-lane divided interstate freeway providing four general purpose lanes and one high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction. The project will be designed to complement the I-95 Interim Interchange design-build project recently completed, which provides dual left-turn lanes onto I-95 in both the eastbound and westbound directions separated by a minimum 4-foot wide raised median. This project also widened the northbound and southbound on-ramps to receive the dual left-turn lanes and transitions to single lanes prior to the merge with I-95, and constructed a free-flow right-turn lane from the southbound off-ramp.

Woolbright Road is currently a six-lane urban divided minor arterial to the west of I-95 and a four-lane urban divided minor arterial to the east of I-95. There is a raised median from SW 18th Street west of I-95 to just west of SW 2nd Street east of I-95. At SW 2nd Street, Woolbright Road transitions to a five-lane roadway section with a two-way left-turn lane in the middle. Sidewalks are on both sides of Woolbright Road throughout the project area. Designated bicycle lanes are present along Woolbright Road within the interchange limits.