Work on turnpike interchange at Glades Road begins today

Florida's Turnpike interchange at Glades Road in Boca Raton (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Florida’s Turnpike interchange at Glades Road in Boca Raton (Palm Beach Post file photo)

BOCA RATON — An $8 million project to improve the traffic flow at the Glades Road interchange of Florida’s Turnpike begins today.

Work being done includes:

• Widening the exit ramp from the northbound turnpike to Glades Road from one lane to two.

• Adding another right turn lane from the turnpike off-ramp to westbound Glades Road.

• Adding another right turn lane from westbound Glades Road to the turnpike entrance.

• Painting the turnpike bridge over Glades Road.

• Adding new signals, lighting and landscaping.

• Making drainage improvements.

Lane and ramp closures and detours are likely although turnpike officials say those usually will happen between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Traffic on the northbound turnpike will be shifted during construction.

Turnpike officials say the work should be completed in the summer of 2018.