What appeared to be dozens of law enforcement officers started the run at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hypoluxo Road and U.S. 1. They ran west on Hypoluxo to Lawrence Road and north on Lawrence to Royal Palm School.
Money for the Special Olympics Florida is raised through the sale of the Torch Run T-shirts and hats, and through local fundraising events.
The Olympics start Friday, May 19. The events are held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Ray Wigfall says the run is a passion of his.
“I have a nephew who has Down Syndrome,” he said. “I’ve always participated.”
Glades Road: Mill, resurface and widen Glades from Butts Road to University Drive/Northwest 10 Avenue, including the bridge over Military Trail and the Tri-Rail tracks; build a ramp with a new bridge over Airport Road to accommodate traffic from westbound Glades Road onto northbound and southbound I-95; and widen bike lanes and sidewalks along Glades. Timeline: Out for bids in July 2021.
Estimated total cost: $19.6 million.
Spanish River Boulevard: New interchange being built now. Sound walls also will be built along Yamato Road and on the east side of I-95 north of Yamato Road. Timeline: Construction completed in 2017.
Linton Boulevard: Add lanes to Linton, including an eastbound auxiliary lane to the southbound I-95 on-ramp, and a westbound auxiliary lane to the northbound I-95 ramp; realign the I-95 ramps; and add a ramp lane on I-95 southbound. Timeline: Construction completed by 2019.
Estimated total cost for these and other related improvements: $23 million.
Atlantic Avenue: Add a separated right turn lane from eastbound Atlantic onto southbound I-95; and widen the northbound I-95 entrance ramp. Timeline: Construction to begin in summer 2018 and take 16 months.
Estimated total cost for these and other related improvements: $13 million.
Woolbright Road: Widen the northbound I-95 on-ramp; rebuild the southbound I-95 off-ramp to add a free-flow right-turn lane onto westbound Woolbright; update the railings on the Woolbright bridges over I-95 and the railroad tracks; and install barrier walls, curbs, sidewalks, guardrails and lighting. Timeline: Completed next summer.
Boynton Beach Boulevard: Alternatives being considered in this study would add lanes to Boynton Beach Boulevard, including the bridges over the Tri-Rail tracks and I-95. Timeline: Study completed in late 2017.
Gateway Boulevard: Alternatives being considered in this study would add lanes and expand the northbound I-95 off-ramp to Gateway; widen Gateway near the interchange; and make improvements to several nearby intersections to the east and west of the interchange. Timeline: Study completed in late 2017.
Hypoluxo Road: Build dual eastbound left turn lanes onto I-95; widen the southbound I-95 off-ramp and make the turn lanes longer; and install barrier walls, curbs, sidewalks, lighting and retaining walls. Timeline: Completed in summer 2017.
Lantana Road: Widen Lantana Road overpass and add a left turn lane from eastbound Lantana to the northbound I-95 on-ramp; extend dual left turn lanes through the southbound I-95 southbound ramps to westbound Lantana; add a lane to eastbound Lantana from the northbound I-95 ramps to 13th Street; add a lane to westbound Lantana from the southbound I-95 ramps to west of Sunset Road; widen the southbound I-95 off-ramp; add a free-flow right-turn lane to the westbound to northbound on-ramp; add an auxiliary lane to the northbound I-95 on-ramp; and widen the northbound I-95 off-ramp. Timeline: Study scheduled to begin in 2018.