By The End Of January, You’ll Be Driving In The Opposite Direction From What You Expect…
Appropriate Hit: Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Carrie Underwood said it best in her 2005 hit: “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” The Diverging Diamond traffic pattern is nearing completion at Glades Road and I-95. Barring something unexpected, you can expect to be driving in a pattern that will seem crazy, odd, strange, even dangerous by the end of January. In the Diverging Diamond, you will actually be driving on what you know to be the “wrong” side of the street.
BocaNewsNow.com will publish periodic updates on the Diverging Diamond as “launch” approaches. For now, that is looking like the end of January — but a bad storm, crash, or other unexpected event could delay the launch. We encourage you to watch the official FDOT video, above, to understand just how the diamond system will work.
FDOT, in one of its official guides, explains the diamond like this: “DDI, or Diverging Diamond Interchange, is a form of interchange that allows the two directions of traffic on the roadway to temporarily cross to the opposite side of the road to provide a safer left turn movement to and from I-95 as well as improving overall safety of the interchange. Switching traffic to the left side through the interchange eliminates left turn movements against oncoming traffic, reducing the number of serious crashes associated with that movement.”
“Signalized intersections located on each side of the Glades Road interchange, as well as advanced overhead directional signing and pavement markings, will facilitate the smooth crossing of traffic, reduce traffic delay and minimize crashes by a projected 33% at the interchange. These improvements will help to accommodate future projected traffic demand and improve driver safety, mobility and efficiency.”
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