By Bryan Boggiano
University Drive is about to get a new look for the new year.
The Florida Department of Transportation’s District Four, which includes Coral Springs, will begin construction on University Drive between 28th Street and Sample Road on Jan. 10. The construction is part of the University Drive Mobility Improvement Project.
Before the project begins, FDOT District Four is hosting a construction open house at Coral Springs City Hall’s Everglades Room on Jan. 4 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be a virtual meeting between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Project components include widening southbound lanes of University Drive between Sample Road and NW 32nd Street to construct a bus bay and right-turn lane.
Pavement markings will be upgraded to include 4-foot bike lanes northbound between 28th Street and 31st Court and southbound between 32nd and 28th streets. Seven-foot bike lanes are included on southbound lanes between 32nd Street and Sample Road and northbound between 31st Court and Sample Road.
Other project components include upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals, installing 11 light poles, upgrading drainage and signage, milling, widening sidewalks, and resurfacing.
At $3.5 million, the project is part of a $300 million investment from the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to create safer and healthier communities throughout the county.
“Mobility projects offer safety, operational, and transit-related improvements, as well as rehabilitating the existing pavement,” wrote Grace Ducanis, FDOT District Four communications officer, in an email. “The goal of this project is to provide multi-user improvements along University Drive.”
The City of Coral Springs, through the MPO, requested for FDOT District Four to design and construct the University Drive Mobility Improvement Project, according to a press release.
Ducanis said that the Broward MPO collected data from the University Drive Corridor-Wide Feasibility Study. Broward’s MPO deemed the project a priority, and they forwarded the plans over to FDOT.
At the Jan. 10 open house, FDOT representatives will provide further information, answer questions, discuss impacts to the public and travel, and make documents available, according to Daniela Silva, community outreach specialist for The Corradino Group.
FDOT states that lane closures may occur in either direction between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. between Monday and Saturday and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Sunday and Thursday.
There will still be access to businesses and residences along the project corridor during construction, according to a press release.
Construction will continue through Fall 2022.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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