SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) — Florida’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange is coming to one of the Bay area’s busiest stretches of roadway. Engineers believe the innovative design will help ease congestion and reduce crashes at I-75 and University Parkway.
The Diverging Diamond Interchange eliminates a left turn movement onto an interstate entrance ramp. Drivers will travel on University Parkway through a cross over onto the left side of the road. They can then turn left onto the ramp without stopping. If they are not getting on the interstate, they will continue straight and cross back over to the right hand side of the road. Watch below to see exactly how it works.
The FDOT improvement project also includes new auxiliary lanes on northbound and southbound I-75,constructing new bridges on I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, and the realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75 at University Parkway. New lighting and traffic signals will be added. A noise wall will go up on the west side of I-75 and sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways will be constructed.
The $74.5 million project is expected to take two years to complete. Drivers should expect temporary detours and overnight lane closures during construction. The FDOT has set up a project website where you can watch the construction 24/7 to see if there are any traffic delays before you drive through the area.