Third lane opens on Florida turnpike

| Monday, April 29, 2002

Southbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike between Atlantic Avenue and Glades Road near south Palm Beach are now clear of construction barriers and open to traffic, after the debut of its third lane early Wednesday morning. The remaining stretch will open by April 27.

On the northbound side, three lanes are open from Clint Moore Road to Atlantic Avenue. The remaining four-mile section between Glades and Clint Moore roads is due to open by the weekend.

In the next month and a half, turnpike traffic will halt again for the final touches of roadwork. Half-mile stretches on the 6-mile expansion for the southbound and northbound sides will be closed intermittently, Washburn said. Ramps also will shut down.

Starting April 28, the southbound and northbound entrance ramps off Glades Road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. until May 2, while workers lay the final layer of asphalt.