Getting really tired of the construction on Sunrise Blvd and the Florida Turnpike, looked up the project and found good news as well as bad.
Working south of Sunrise and commuting on the turnpike, the Good News is that a new ramp from the North Bound lanes to East Bound Sunrise Blvd. is being constructed. The Bad News is that the project is scheduled to be completed late 2019!
- Adding a new entry ramp to the southbound Turnpike from eastbound Sunrise Boulevard and a new exit ramp from the northbound Turnpike to eastbound Sunrise Boulevard
- Removing the existing toll plaza at the northbound Turnpike entrance and converting all ramps to all-electronic tolling. Some tolling points will be moved as part of this change
On Sunrise Boulevard:
- Replacing and raising the existing bridge over the Turnpike
- Widening lanes between NW 56th Avenue and 47th Avenue
- Adding a bicycle lane on the north side of Sunrise Boulevard and making accommodations to allow adding a south side bicycle lane later
- Adding an enclosed pedestrian walkway on the north side of the bridge
- Installing new noise reduction barriers along the outside shoulder of the new elevated southbound entrance ramp, replacing the barriers that will be temporarily removed during ramp construction
- Reducing the concrete barrier wall that currently separates the ramps from the Turnpike to improve safety
The Turnpike is making modifications to implement All-Electronic Tolling, while also making significant improvements to the interchange at Florida’s Turnpike and Sunrise Boulevard.
Currently, drivers can face extended backups at this interchange because the northbound and southbound entry and exit points are channeled through a single toll plaza.
By constructing 2 new ramps with direct access to eastbound Sunrise, there will be a significant reduction in vehicles that need to make left turns at the existing ramp.
Providing one ramp and toll gantry at each of the four quadrants in the interchange will allow for improved traffic signal timing and traffic flow.
Construction and Traffic Impacts:
Construction is expected to continue through late 2019.
Construction will take place mostly during daytime hours. However, nighttime construction will be necessary if the work requires lane closures.
- On the Turnpike, nighttime lane closures will generally occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- On Sunrise Boulevard, nighttime lane closures will generally occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Nearby residents and business may experience periodic construction noise, vibration and dust. Efforts will be made to limit disruptions for adjacent neighbors as much as possible.
Cost and Funding:
The approximate construction cost is $50 million.
Project funding is derived from toll and concession revenues, not taxes.
Source: Florida Turnpike PDF