Major traffic improvements update due soon


Construction in the center lanes is the final phase of the widening of North Wickham Road east and west of the Interstate 95 interchange.

photo by Linda Wiggins

Stay tuned for a major road-construction update from The Viera Company coming in January's Viera Voice. 

Motorists are experiencing what is hoped will be the storm before the calm as traffic tie-ups extend travel time east-west by as much as 30 minutes to drive one mile, possibly due in part to a shortened left-turn pocket for entrance onto Interstate 95.

While traffic has begun to flow under I-95 in two of the three lanes of the new southern section of the under pass, work in the center lanes of Wickham Road and redirection of lanes eastbound present a challenge to motorists.

Ultimately, the four lanes of Wickham Road will be expanded to six lanes, with generous turn pockets at major intersections. The construction completion target has most recently been set for the end of 2016, but that target date will be officially updated in the news release.

No changes are planned for the Viera roundabout into which the three lanes of traffic will enter/exit. While the center of the roundabout is home to a stately oak tree purposely relocated from surrounding Duda ranch land that is now Viera, the intersection is a source of a growing number of complaints from drivers unsure of how to drive in it despite clear markings.

“It was already designed to accommodate six lanes of traffic, with each leg having a slip lane,” Viera Company spokewoman Nina Salvaggio said. “The existing design provides the needed space for the new six lanes at Wickham Road. The driving pattern into and out of the roundabout will not change after the six-laning is complete, however, the completion of the Wickham Road improvement and other factors will improve traffic flow through the roundabout.”

The current widening of Wickham Road is being fully funded by The Viera Company, Salvaggio said.

Among other improvements planned is the the four-laning of Viera Boulevard to U.S. 1, set to begin no later than 180 days after the Diverging Diamond Interchange at Viera Boulevard and I-95 has been completed.

The Viera Company has reserved land for a potential I-95 overpass at Spyglass Hill Road in the event it is warranted is the future, Salvaggio added.