Powerline Road Lane Reduction: Lane closures expected

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In the new year, it will be a new look for Powerline Road in Wilton Manors. Construction on the road began Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Once complete, which is estimated to be in the Summer of 2017, the road’s six lanes will be reduced to four. The improvements will be made along Powerline Road from Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale north to Northwest 29 Street in Wilton Manors.

The rest of the project includes removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalks, upgrading crosswalk ramps to meet ADA requirements, upgrading drainage structures, upgrading existing pedestrian signals to countdown timers, upgrading signs and pavement markings to reflect the new roadway configuration which includes two 11-foot wide travel lanes and a 6-foot wide bike lane separated by a 3.5-foot wide buffer in each direction

During construction, single lane closures are scheduled for Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Up to two lanes may be closed overnight Sunday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The cost, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, is $2 million – a contract awarded to Community Asphalt Corp.

Boyd Corbin, who has been a vocal opponent of the project, expressed continued opposition on Facebook on Dec. 29. “Two less lanes on Powerline. Two less lanes on Wilton Drive (coming soon). Two less lanes on A1A. Two less lanes on NE 13th Street. There's talk about planting trees down the middle of Andrews Ave. Hundreds MORE condos on the way which means MORE cars. This means MORE TRAFFIC JAMS. City, County and State government is to blame for this mess. I'll bet they REPLACE these lanes within 10 years.”

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