Lake Worth Toll Plaza Under Construction

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX)- At the Lake Worth toll Plaza, north and southbound traffic only go through one plaza. And at high traffic times like the morning rush, that means slow downs for drivers, even if they have a Sunpass. But now, new construction starting Monday will change that; creating two plazas so traffic can move by faster.

The Lake Worth Interchange is currently a trumpet configuration, which means that means both the northbound and southbound ramps lead in and out of one toll plaza. The current toll plaza is located on the northbound side of the Turnpike at Lake Worth Road. The goal is to have two different plazas. One for northbound drivers and another separate one for southbound drivers.

The new design will be similar to the Delray Beach and Boynton Beach interchanges, which have separate plazas for northbound and southbound traffic. But along with the construction, closures and delays are to be expected. Throughout the course of the construction parts of Lake Worth Road and parts of the Turnpike may need to shut down.

Officials say they'll try to keep the shut down's overnight; between 9 p-m and 5 a-m. But they do admit there will be some days where closures will happen when a lot of people are on the road. So, if your drive takes you through this area it may be best to keep up with daily closures and plan detours around this area now.

The newly constructed southbound entry and exit will be built at the southwest corner of the interchange. The northbound entry and exit will remain in its current location. The project costs 17.5 million dollars. It's expected to wrap up in the summer of 2011. That means for the next two years this area will look pretty messy.