Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is planning to widen the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869), through a series of projects. Among the series is a project that will widen the Sawgrass Expressway from north of Commercial Boulevard (Milepost 6.6) to north of Atlantic Boulevard (Milepost 9.0) from a 6-lane divided expressway to a 10-lane divided expressway. This project will provide additional capacity to meet future traffic demand in 2040, improve hurricane evacuation times and improve safety within the corridor. The project will include the reconstruction of the Atlantic Boulevard Interchange to address flooding concerns at this interchange. Additional safety and operational improvements are proposed along Atlantic Boulevard, including the incorporation of a bike lane in the westbound direction as requested by Broward County. There are no access changes proposed along Atlantic Boulevard.

This project is currently in the design and right of way (ROW) acquisition phases  of the FDOT project development process. Construction plans, specifications, and final estimates to build a project are being developed. The design and construction will provide ten (10) 12-foot travel lanes (five in each direction), a 12-ft outside shoulder and a 32-ft median with a barrier wall (15-ft inside shoulders and a 2-ft barrier wall) at the Atlantic Blvd. interchange area.

The improvements for the project include:

  • Widen the existing roadway to ten (10) lanes
  • New bridge at the Atlantic Boulevard interchange
  • Left and right turn lane improvements at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Lakeview Drive
  • Bike lane along Atlantic Boulevard west of the interchange to NW 122 Street
  • Signalization improvements at the intersections of:

Trailhead Access Road and Atlantic Boulevard

Atlantic Boulevard and Lakeview Drive

Atlantic Boulevard eastbound and northbound off ramps

  • Stormwater management enhancements including modification of the pond west of the interchange
  • Repair the existing box culvert (C-14 Cypress Creek Canal) south of the Atlantic Boulevard Interchange

Other improvements include intelligent traffic systems (ITS), signing and pavement marking, landscaping, and lighting. The existing maintained right of way (ROW) varies but is generally 300-ft wide and expands at the interchange to accommodate ramps. Minor ROW acquisition is anticipated along Atlantic Boulevard between the Sawgrass Expressway and Lakeview Drive to accommodate the proposed improvements. No relocations are anticipated.

Noise Studies are performed in the PD&E phase and the Design phase, and re-evaluated if there is a major change in design to the roadway.

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Project Background

The Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) is a 21-mile limited access facility located in northern Broward County that provides a vital link to Southwest Florida, Southern Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. The Sawgrass Expressway is part of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) and the National Highway System (NHS). The majority of the facility 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 (SR 91) and I-95.  Widening of the Sawgrass Expressway from south of Sunrise Boulevard (Milepost 0.0) to south of SR 7/US 441 (Milepost 18.0) will occur through a series of projects as shown below.

ADJACENT PROJECT CONSTRUCTION SEGMENTS

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University Dr. to SR 7 (US 441)

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Sample Rd. to University Dr.

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Atlantic Blvd. to Sample Rd.

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Oakland Park Blvd. to Commercial Blvd.

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Sunrise Blvd. to Oakland Park Blvd.

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NW 8 St. to Sunrise Blvd.

Study Area

The project segment is located in the cities of Coral Springs and Tamarac in Broward County. FTE is coordinating with Broward County and these two cities to provide the needed capacity improvements along the Sawgrass Expressway.

Environment

This project is consistent with the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the widening of the Sawgrass Expressway from south of Sunrise Boulevard (Milepost 18.0) to south of SR7 (US 441) (Milepost 18.0). Approval of this study is documented in the State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that was completed in July of 2017.

Innovation

FTE is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. FTE continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. FTE also recognizes that connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies hold unprecedented opportunities for enhancing mobility and increasing safety on our roadways.

If you have an idea for a technology or innovation that you would like to be considered as part of this study, please reach out to one of the contacts in the Stay Connected section below.

Schedule

A Virtual Design Public Information Meeting will be held on July 8, 2021 and an in-person event will be held on July 15, 2021. If the in-person meeting cannot be held due to inclement weather, the meeting will be held on the alternate date of July 27, 2021. Additional information for both meetings will be provided.

Schedule is subject to change.

Documents

A draft copy of the Noise Analysis Report prepared by Turnpike is available for download. Click here to download the document.

Stay Connected

Project inquires, comments, innovation/technology ideas, or requests to be added to the project mailing list, can be mailed or emailed to:

Teresa Price, P.E.

Project Manager for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Public Information Office using the contact information below:

Asmide Louizi

Community Outreach Specialist
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

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