Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway Improvement Project Begins Construction
The project to create a new traffic pattern and streetscape improvements on the Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway corridor has begun its construction phase. The project is the first step of the City’s plan to create a new pedestrian-friendly urban downtown, which the City envisions as the future economic engine of Pompano Beach.
The Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway streetscape project entails construction on Dixie Highway from SW 3rd Street to NE 10th Street, and on Atlantic Boulevard, from west of NW 6th Avenue to east of Cypress Road. Construction is being sequenced in order to minimize the inconvenience to the public.
The first phase of construction is taking place on Dixie Highway, just north of Atlantic Boulevard up to NE 10th Street. Construction is occurring in the center of the roadway, where the existing median is being removed and a new median is being constructed. Between Atlantic Boulevard and NE 10th Street on Dixie Highway, one travel lane will remain open in each direction.
On Atlantic Boulevard, work is taking place west of Dixie Highway in the center median. Two through-lanes in both the east and west direction on Atlantic Boulevard will remain open during this phase of construction.
Construction work on the center medians in these areas is expected to take approximately three months to complete, according to city officials. Construction staging sites have been set up west of the bus station along MLK Boulevard on properties owned by the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
The transformation of the Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway corridor will include wider sidewalks and medians, newly defined crosswalks and landscape buffers between cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
On Atlantic Boulevard, there are currently two westbound lanes that run from A1A, across Federal Highway, and up to NE 4th Avenue (just east of Cypress Road). As part of the project, the configuration of two westbound lanes will be continued from NE 4th Avenue all the way to NW 6th Avenue, eliminating one westbound through-lane in that section of Atlantic Boulevard.
Whiting-Turner is the contractor that is overseeing the construction of the Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway project. The entire project is expected to be completed toward the end of 2025.
The Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway makeover is part of the Pompano Beach G.O. Bond project to upgrade the Dixie Highway corridor from McNab Road to Sample Road, which was approved by voters in 2018.
Whiting-Turner recently completed upgrades on Dixie Highway from McNab Road to SW 3rd Street, which was the first phase of the Dixie Highway G.O. Bond project. The second phase is the Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway project, and the final phase will be the section of Dixie Highway from NE 10th Street to Sample Road.
In June 2022, the Pompano Beach City Commission approved a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $45.6 million for the Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway project. The money is coming from the G.O. Bond, the Pompano Beach CRA, Florida Department of Transportation transfer funds and the Broward County Penny for Transportation Surtax fund.
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