By Ryan Yousefi
The Florida Department of Transportation has embarked on a major $13 million road renovation project in Coral Springs.
Rsidents or frequent travelers of University Drive may have noticed a lot of construction work happening recently between the Northwest 40th Street area stretching to the Sawgrass Expressway.
And as you may have gathered – it’s all about updating the city’s roads and infrastructure to handle a city that’s seen quite a spike in population, and traffic, over the last decade.
FDOT’s $13 million road upgrade project will widen the roadway from NW 40th Street to SR-869/Sawgrass Expressway and includes an increase in the width of the bike lanes from 4 feet to 7 feet.
According to the City of Coral Springs, the project is aimed at improving traffic flow and making the area safer for both drivers and cyclists but has seen a bit of recent pushback on social media from concerned residents upset that the modernization of city roads may come at the expense of trees and nature that have lined the area for decades.
An overview on the City of Coral Springs website lists some of the main objectives the project sets out to accomplish, including the following:
- Relocating existing 6-foot sidewalk from NW 40th Street to SR-869/Sawgrass Expressway
- Relocating impacted drainage structures
- Regrading swales to ensure proper drainage flow
- Upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals at NW 40th Street and Westview Drive
- Installation of 77 light poles along the project corridor
- Milling and resurfacing within the project limits
- Upgrading curb ramps, signing, and pavement markings
While the upgrade is a much-needed improvement, unfortunately, lane closures will occur during non-peak hours, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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