Loxahatchee Road Improvements
LOXAHATCHEE ROAD FULL CLOSURE
Loxahatchee Road (Lox Road) from SR 817/N University Drive to Parkside Drive is closed around-the-clock until Fall 2024. Traffic will be detoured via SR 817/N University Drive, Holmberg Road, and Parkside Drive. Access to local roads and residential properties between the work zone and Parkside Drive will be maintained. If you have questions about the Loxahatchee Road improvements project, please contact FDOT community outreach specialist Daniela Silva at 786-441-3088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT:
A large-scale road construction project that will provide traffic calming and increase safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians from the easternmost point of Loxahatchee Road (its intersection with SR 7 / U.S. Highway 441) to the westernmost point (the Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge).
This project is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Broward County, the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the City of Parkland (City) with FDOT as the primary and coordinating agency. The City’s portion of the project is an approximately one-mile stretch on the eastern portion of the six-mile long roadway. The overall cost of the project is just under $37 million with the City’s portion being just under $2 million.
While the role of the City in this project is small, we seek updates from FDOT--the project coordinator--throughout each phase to keep residents and motorists informed. Information provided to the City is shared here, updated as frequently as new information is available, and will continue to evolve throughout the Lox Road improvement project.
The design of this project began in 2017 and is complete. The bidding process for work on the project began in the first quarter of 2023 with construction scheduled by FDOT to begin in late 2023. The expected completion date of the project is 2027.
WHAT THIS MEANS for PARKLAND RESIDENTS / MOTORISTS:
Closures on Loxahatchee Road:
What the Project WILL do:
This project will make Lox Road a safer road to travel—whether you are a motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian. This will be a complete makeover of the road through its entire span. Travel lanes will be widened, there will be bike lanes in both directions, a sidewalk along the south side of the road, a new guardrail will be installed along the north side of the road, and portions of the roadway will have a landscaped median that will provide traffic calming in an aesthetically-pleasing way.
Intersection improvements include the addition of an eastbound right turn lane at SR 7 / U.S. 441, the addition of a westbound left turn lane at Parkland Place / Northwest 61st Way, and three roundabouts: Parkside Drive, University Drive, and Nob Hill Road.
The proposed typical sections along Loxahatchee Road are shown below:
Roundabouts will contribute to the overall traffic calming that is at the foundation of this project. Roundabouts increase traffic flow, help control vehicle speed, and help reduce collisions. The roundabouts at Parkside Drive and Nob Hill Road will have an eastbound right turn bypass lane—meaning vehicles traveling east on Lox Road wishing to turn south onto Nob Hill Road or Parkside Drive will be able to do so in a separate lane without entering the roundabout. There is also a bypass lane for northbound traffic on Nob Hill Road turning east on Lox Road and northbound traffic on Parkside Drive turning east on Lox Road. There is not enough room at the intersection of Lox Road and University Drive to add bypass lanes.
What the Project Will NOT do:
With the exception of an additional eastbound left turn lane at SR 7 / U.S. 441 and a westbound turn lane into Parkland Place, this project will not increase the number of lanes. The amount of traffic that travels Lox Road will do so in a safer manner, but the improvements are not intended to address the amount of traffic.
This project, originally identified by the Broward MPO in its Long-Range Transportation Plan, sets out to improve safety (for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians), increase access to the Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge at the west end of Lox Road, improve Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access, and overall improve the connectivity of all modes of travel (vehicle, bike, pedestrian) along the road. It is important to note: the purpose of this project is not to add lanes or address volume of traffic.
Why the Project Does NOT Include a Noise Wall:
An FDOT noise analysis concluded that noise levels that currently exist along Lox Road will not be increased as a result of the road improvements. Additionally, this project is not eligible for funding for noise abatement. There would be significant obstacles to installation of a noise wall: the existing berm and the landscaping on the berm would have to be removed and overhead utility lines and underground water lines would have to be relocated. Those obstacles, combined with the cost of the wall itself, would make the project cost-prohibitive.