Proposed changes to Florida’s Turnpike could double number of lanes
TreasureCoast, Fl (treasurecoast.com) -Proposed changes to Florida’s Turnpike could double its number of lanes; add two interchanges and modify three more in St. Lucie County; and modify one existing interchange in Martin County.
In all, it’s a $1.6 billion upgrade of the highway.
The work would expand the four-lane turnpike to eight lanes — with two added in each direction — for about 37 miles from Jupiter to Fort Pierce.
The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the project at 6 p.m. July 22 at the Port St. Lucie and Stuart campuses of Indian River State College, according to the FDOT.
New interchanges would be added at Crosstown Parkway and West Midway Road. Existing interchanges that would be modified, from north to south, are:
- Okeechobee Road
- Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard
- Southeast Becker Road
- Southwest Martin Highway
The project will include crossings over the Loxahatchee River and St. Lucie Canal, and “numerous” bridges along the stretch also would be widened or replaced.