Frequently Asked Questions
- The SW 10th Street Connector project will separate the major highway regional traffic from the local residential and business traffic, which will allow non-local traffic to bypass the corridor’s residential and commercial areas and innovatively improve several of the area’s major arterial connections. One roadway, the SW 10th St Connector Lanes, will improve regional connectivity between the Sawgrass Expressway and I-95. The other roadway, local SW 10th Street, will become a “Complete Street” that will incorporate a shared-use path and provide connectivity to all existing local properties and the local roadway network. The two roadways will work together to alleviate traffic congestion in the area, improve operations and safety, and provide improved evacuation operations. The Connector Lanes will be on the north side of the existing right of way, and local SW 10th St as well as the Shared Use Path will be on the south side. The SW 10th Street Connector also includes improvements at the SW 10th Street and Hillsboro Boulevard interchanges. Additionally, it includes the addition of a second express lane in each direction on I-95, between Sample Road and Hillsboro Boulevard.
- As a key regional connection in Broward County, Florida, SW 10th Street currently serves as a critical transportation corridor for all types of traffic – ranging from residential, commuter, commercial, truck, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian.
While these three miles of SW 10th Street are a critical link between I-95 and the Sawgrass Expressway, the corridor’s current use is that of an arterial roadway, not the regional limited access facility that was first envisioned by
planners in the early 1970s, or by Transportation officials in the 1980s when the land for the highway was purchased.
Without construction, the average commuter through the current SW 10th Street corridor would sit in traffic for as much as 30 minutes every day during the evening rush hour, or up to 130 hours each year, which is unacceptable.
When complete, the SW 10th Street Connector project will address the present safety and mobility challenges and provide that missing link in the region’s limited access highway network, alleviating congestion and giving you back that extra time – time better spent with your family and loved ones. This will be achieved by separating the major highway throughput traffic from the local traffic, allowing the regional commuter and other non-local traffic to bypass the residential areas of the corridor and innovatively improve several major arterial connections. Additionally, the project will reconstruct four intersections and one major interchange, including Powerline Road at Military Trail and SW 10th Street with I-95.
- The SW 10th Street Connector project will be built in two separate phases, which supports competitive contractor procurement and provides the best value to the state of Florida. The project will be multiyear construction with numerous individual
segment of work being phased strategically to maximize safety and user experience and minimize impact to traffic during construction.
Construction on this project is scheduled to begin in 2024 with utility relocations and be completed with the ramp connections to I-95 estimated for 2030. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase, with procurement for a final designer and contractor to commence by the end of 2023.
- Motorists should anticipate congestion and traffic delays during the construction of this project. A construction Phase Smart Work Zone project will be built out with technology to advise motorists of potential congestion and major construction
activities in advance, and to notify motorists of recommended alternate routes to avoid the most complicated parts of construction along SW 10th Street or I-95. Short term closures and detours are also anticipated and will be communicated
FDOT’s Road Rangers will be available 24/7 to help stranded motorists and remove disabled vehicles from travel lanes. These inconveniences will be temporary, and will result in a safer, less congested corridor and improve the quality of life for the residents of the region.
- The project team is required to keep all local side streets and driveways open throughout construction, with the exception of short-term closures for specific work directly at the crossing points. Access to these businesses will remain the same as it is today in the final configuration and any short-term impacts will be communicated to businesses and the public in advance.
- YES - Noise Analysis
- The residential communities along SW 10th Street, between the Sawgrass Expressway and I-95, were evaluated for noise impacts. Nearly all of the communities warrant a noise wall following the required state and federal process, and the next step is to survey the residents that would benefit from a noise barrier wall, to confirm that they support the construction of a wall in their immediate vicinity. A majority of adjacent property owners benefited by the noise barrier wall must support its construction, prior to the State moving ahead with construction of the wall.
- Stay tuned for a TSM&O Fact Sheet.
- Yes. In fact, one of the main benefits of the SW 10th Street Connector Lanes is to separate truck/freight traffic from the local traffic, improving safety and mobility for those passing through the region and improving local residents’ commute and local road quality of life.
- The project includes reconstructing more than 2 miles of I-95 to accommodate the SW 10th Street Connector Lanes interchange with I-95. This project will also add a second express lane in each direction on I-95 between north of Sample Road and Hillsboro Boulevard.
- The SW 10th Street Connector project is not expected to have any adverse impacts on nearby public water supply wells. Additionally, carbon monoxide emissions that may result from this project are expected to remain within national air quality standards. Air and water quality studies were conducted during the PD&E for this project and no concerns were identified for the proposed improvements.
- Information on this webpage (www.sw10street.com) will be updated as the project progresses. Additionally, we encourage you to sign up for email updates and follow us on social media. If you have a question about this project that is not answered on the project website, please call us at 954-777-4468 or email at Vanita.Saini@dot.state.fl.us and we will respond as quickly as possible.
- As part of the preliminary design phase, the project team is currently meeting with HOAs and business organizations along the corridor, as well as coordinating with the City of Deerfield Beach and other municipalities throughout the region.
- In the fall of 2022, the FDOT will host a meeting with residents along the corridor to showcase some of the design aesthetics. Meeting information will be sent to respective HOAs and businesses.
- In late Fall, the FDOT will host a public meeting where the community at large can see the proposed design and understand more about the construction timeline and what to expect in their daily commute.
This graphic shows various travel times for the AM and PM peak hours:
- Existing travel times,
- Future travel times with no improvements,
- and Future travel times with the SW 10th Street connector lanes improvements.
Travel times are shown for roadway segment on SW 10th Street between the Florida’s Turnpike and I-95.