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The Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 is a 21-mile limited access roadway located in northern Broward County, that provides a vital link to southwest Florida, southern Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. This roadway is part of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System and the National Highway System.

The majority of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869, is located on the western fringes of the Broward County urban area and is designated as an evacuation route providing connectivity to other evacuation routes such as I-75, the Florida’s Turnpike Mainline or (SR 91) and I-95.

Widening of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 from south of Sunrise Boulevard (Milepost 0.0) to south of SR 7 or US 441 (Milepost 18.0) and corresponding interchange improvements will occur through a series of projects.

The Atlantic Boulevard Interchange Improvements Project will be the first segment of the series to be constructed.  This project, located from MP 7.5, north of Commercial Boulevard to MP 8.9, north of Atlantic Boulevard, is being prioritized to improve the drainage capacity in the vicinity of the interchange and address flooding concerns along Atlantic Boulevard and the Sawgrass Expressway or SR 869 ramps.

The following are the adjacent widening projects north and south of the Atlantic Boulevard interchange project:

435461-5: University Drive to SR 7/US 441

435461-4: Sample Road to University Drive

435461-1: Atlantic Boulevard to Sample Road

437155-6: Oakland Park Boulevard to Commercial Boulevard

437155-1: Sunrise Boulevard to Oakland Park Boulevard

Drainage improvements within the interchange will enhance flood protection along Atlantic Boulevard and the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) ramps. Atlantic Boulevard will be raised 2.3 ft and the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) bridge will be reconstructed to provide adequate vertical clearance.  Other drainage improvements include construction of a bulkhead wall, also known as a retaining wall, around Pond 9-1 to prevent the water from seeping into the Sawgrass Expressway or SR 869’s drainage system.

The Sawgrass Expressway or SR 869 will be widened to accommodate 10 lanes but only 6 lanes will be striped for use until the adjacent segments of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 are constructed. The southbound on ramp and the northbound off ramp will be widened from one to two lanes.

Left and right turn lanes will be added at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Lakeview Drive and bike lanes along Atlantic Boulevard in both directions from west of the Atlantic Boulevard Interchange to Lakeview Drive and to NW 122nd St in the eastbound direction. Traffic signal improvements are proposed at the Atlantic Boulevard intersections with the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) and with Lakeview Drive.

The existing noise walls will remain in place. If required, noise walls will be constructed with adjacent widening projects.

The existing 6-lane Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 will be widened to 10-lanes and the existing grass median will be converted to a paved median with a concrete median barrier wall. As previously mentioned, the two (2) inside lanes in either direction, will be opened to traffic after construction of the adjacent widening projects.

The two (2) existing Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 bridges over Atlantic Boulevard will be replaced with one (1) main structure that will consist of a 15-ft inside shoulder and five (5) 12-ft lanes with a 12-ft shoulder in each direction.

The proposed roadway typical section along Atlantic Boulevard beneath the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 accommodates three (3) lanes in each direction and includes provisions for 7-ft bicycle lanes on either side of the road and a 6-ft sidewalk along the north side of Atlantic Boulevard.

The proposed roadway typical section along Atlantic Boulevard from the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 to Lakeview Drive accommodates three lanes in each direction and has provisions for 5 to 7-ft bicycle lanes on either side of the road and a 6-ft sidewalk along the north side of Atlantic Boulevard.

A Noise Wall evaluation for this project has been performed. Existing noise walls will remain in place. If required, noise walls will be constructed with adjacent widening projects.

For more information regarding the noise wall evaluation process, please visit the project website at www.floridasturnpike.com/Sawgrass-Atlantic/ to access the link to the Florida’s Turnpike’s Traffic Noise Video.

Three (3) parcel acquisitions are needed to construct the proposed improvements along Atlantic Boulevard. One (1) of these parcels is required to construct the westbound Atlantic Boulevard auxiliary lanes that will be used to access the on-ramp to northbound Sawgrass Expressway. Two (2) other parcels are needed for the construction of the eastbound Atlantic Boulevard right turn lane to Lakeview Dr.  One (1) parcel has been donated to the Florida’s Turnpike.

For more information regarding the Right of Way process, please visit the project website at www.floridasturnpike.com/Sawgrass-Atlantic/ for the link to the FDOT Right of Way Video.

Travel lanes will remain open during peak periods. Temporary detours will be limited to construction along the four (4) existing ramps and for the placement of overhead sign structures. These detours will only occur Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., as needed.

The temporary detour between West Sample Road and Atlantic Boulevard will be used by southbound travelers during construction of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 southbound off ramp and installation of overhead signs and demolition of existing overhead signs on the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869.

The temporary detour between Atlantic Boulevard and West Sample Road will be used by northbound travelers during construction of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 northbound on ramp and installation of overhead signs and demolition of existing overhead signs on the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869.

The temporary detour between Commercial Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard will be used by northbound travelers during construction of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 northbound off ramp and installation of overhead signs and demolition of existing overhead signs on the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869.

The temporary detour between Atlantic Boulevard and Commercial Boulevard will be used by southbound travelers during construction of the Sawgrass Expressway, or SR 869 southbound on ramp and installation of overhead signs and demolition of existing overhead signs on the Sawgrass Expressway or SR 869.

The project’s design will be completed by March of 2022. The right of way acquisition phase will be completed by December of 2021.

Construction will begin in August 2022 and is anticipated to take about 3 years.

The proposed project is being developed in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Please contact one of the Title VI coordinators, Jeanette Schutz at 407-264-3132 or Jeanette.Schutz@dot.state.fl.us or Jacqueline Paramore at 805-414-4753 or Jacqueline.Paramore@dot.state.fl.us to express any concerns regarding Florida Turnpike’s compliance with Title VI.

If you would like to speak with someone, please contact one of the following Florida’s Turnpike representatives Teresa Price at 407-264-3440 or Teresa.Price@dot.state.fl.us or Maria Parada at 407-264-3069 or Maria.Parada@dot.state.fl.us

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