The Project Development and Environment Study (PD&E) for the SR 9/I-95 at Lantana Road Interchange is evaluating operational and safety improvements at this interchange. The project is located within the Town of Lantana in Palm Beach County, Florida. The interchange provides access to the Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana Scrub Natural Area and the Lantana Lake Worth Health Center. The study interchange is a typical diamond interchange with Lantana Road elevated over SR 9/I-95. The South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC)/CSX Railroad runs parallel along the west side of I-95 in this area and crosses below an elevated section of Lantana Road.
The project study limits extend along Lantana Road from High Ridge Road to Andrew Redding Road and along I-95 from north of Hypoluxo Road to south of 6th Avenue S. Within the project limits, SR 9/I-95 is a ten-lane divided urban interstate with four general purpose lanes and one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction. Lantana Road is a four-lane divided urban arterial under the jurisdiction of Palm Beach County.
Purpose and Need
The primary purpose of the project is to enhance overall traffic operations and safety at the existing interchange of SR 9/I-95 and Lantana Road by providing improvements that will address the existing congestion and accommodate the future travel demand at the interchange. The proposed improvements will address automobile, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian modes to ensure that the study area continues to meet mobility and safety goals as travel demand continues to grow.
The study will evaluate a No-Action Alternative and several Build Alternatives. The No-Action Alternative will include currently planned and programmed improvements and will be compared against the considered Build Alternatives. The study will also evaluate the social, economic, physical and environmental impacts associated with the potential improvements.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FDOT.