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Transportation Matters - June 16, 2017

Transportation Matters - June 16, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org June 16, 2017
 

MPO Study and Project Win Two Top Awards

The Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) recognized the Palm Beach MPO with two top awards at their annual state conference in Naples on June 9, 2017.

MPO Bike-Ped-Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Franchesca Taylor (left) accepted the only award presented for an Outstanding Study for the MPO's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study, adopted earlier this year. The study analyzed five years of pedestrian and bicycle crash data in Palm Beach County, and developed evidence-based recommendations for safety countermeasures, educational strategies and performance targets. Areas with the highest crash occurrences were defined as hot spots or corridors to be monitored over time.

An MPO-funded project to reduce vehicular lanes and add improvements along US-1 in Tequesta was recognized as an FPZA Outstanding Project. MPO consultant Dr. Kim DeLaney (left) of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council accepted the award for the Council's consulting work on behalf of the MPO. A reduction from six travel lanes to four will transform this commercial corridor to a more complete streets design. Improvements will include buffered bike lanes, wider sidewalks, stamped pavement crosswalks, pedestrian scale lighting and a new traffic signal. Construction will begin this fall and last approximately one year.

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Delray Beach Complete Streets Policy Highly Ranked

Smart Growth America recently evaluated and ranked more than two hundred Complete Streets policies adopted in 2016. Congratulations to the City of Delray Beach for scoring 92.8 for the top ranked 2016 policy from Florida!

The photo on the left is of an MPO-funded complete streets project along NE 2nd Ave., completed earlier this year by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

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South Florida Commuter Challenge Results

Throughout the month of May, the Florida Dept. of Transportation, South Florida Commuter Services and additional transportation partners challenged commuters to try alternative modes of transportation to get to and from work. Sharing the ride reduces traffic congestion, improves air quality, and promotes better health for all of south Florida. More information is available at SFLCommutes.com.

  • 6,653 commuters participated, including 1,001 from Palm Beach County
  • 951 commuters traveled into Palm Beach County as their destination
  • 33,551 trips within the region were logged using an alternative mode 
  • 362,351 lbs. of CO2 were saved

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The MPO study of potential improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit along a 42-mile stretch of US-1 began in May. The study area extends from Boca Raton's Camino Real to Jupiter's Indiantown Road. The first workshop and charrettes were held in early May for Section 1 in Boca Raton.

The Saturday workshops include an introductory presentation, a walking tour to audit existing facilities and needs, followed by group design exercises and discussion.

Each workshop is followed by a three-day open house design studio where local residents, business owners and officials can stop by to provide input and review planning progress.

Everyone who lives, works or travels along the US-1 corridor is encouraged to take the following Transportation and Health Survey.

Project website: US1PBCorridorStudy.com
Email: info@US1PBCorridorStudy.com
Social Media: Facebook   Instagram

Workshop & Charrette Schedule

Section 2 (June)
Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Gulf Stream

Workshop
Sat., June 24, 9 AM - 2 PM
Boynton Beach Library
208 S. Seacrest Blvd. Boynton Beach, FL  33435

Open Studio/Charrette: 
Mon. - Wed., June 26-28, 10 AM - 7 PM
Boynton Beach Clubhouse
2240 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Section 3 (July)
Hypoluxo, Lantana, Lake Worth

Section 4 (August)
West Palm Beach

Section 5 (September)
Riviera Beach, Lake Park, North Palm Beach

Section 6 (October)
Juno Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens

SR 710 Beeline Hwy. from Northlake to Blue Heron - June 28

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Public Information Workshop Location:
Homewood Suites, 2455 Metrocentre Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407

The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a public information workshop on a proposed project along SR 710 / Beeline Hwy., from Northlake Blvd. to SR 708 / Blue Heron Blvd.

The MPO previously rejected plans for a proposed overpass at the intersection of Northlake Blvd. and the Beeline Hwy. in response to objections from neighboring residential communities. FDOT will present a revised design that includes connector roads that will require permits through an environmentally sensitive property and the cooperation of the CSX Transportation railroad.

Okeechobee Blvd. Corridor Public Meetings

Kickoff meeting - June 12, 2017

The City of West Palm Beach hosted a series of public meetings at the Palm Beach County Convention Center June 12-15, specifically to address the Okeechobee Blvd. corridor between I-95 and Flagler Drive. The public is also invited to provide input into a city-wide mobility study at WPBmobility.com

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Road Impact Fee Alternatives Workshop

The Palm Beach MPO conducted a workshop at the request of its Governing Board on May 30 to discuss various alternatives to the system currently used for the collection and distribution of road impact fees charged for development throughout Palm Beach County. Any action on proposed changes would be under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners.

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Requests for MPO Presentations or Exhibits

Please direct requests and suggestions for MPO presentations to civic organizations or exhibits at community events to Public Information Officer Malissa Booth.

Citizens Advisory Committee - June 7, 2017
MPO Board and Committee Meetings - June Highlights

The MPO's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) met on June 7; the Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) met on June 8, 2017; the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) met on June 14; and the MPO Governing Board met on June 15, 2017.

Click on the links below to view presentations given at one or more of these meetings:

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Next Dates for MPO Meetings

Wed. July 12, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. July 12, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. July 13, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thu. July 20, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board    

NOTE: There are no regularly scheduled MPO Board or advisory committee meetings in August. 

Go to PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting to access online agendas, backup materials, presentations, minutes and audio recordings of past meetings of the MPO Governing Board, MPO advisory committees, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings of these MPO Boards and committees, as well as any ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on the MPO website.  

Public Notice:  Please be advised that multiple members of the MPO Governing Board or any of its advisory committees may attend any of these meetings.

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Complete MPO calendar listings: PalmBeachMPO.org/calendar 

  • All Aboard Florida/ Brightline Rail Construction
    Construction continues on all three of All Aboard Florida's south Florida train stations including the West Palm Beach station where Brightline service is scheduled to begin this year.
     
  • Public Notices for FDOT District 4
    Click here for public notices for District 4 which Includes the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
  • Flagler Memorial Bridge Construction Nearing Completion
    The North Bridge should open to four lanes of traffic by mid-to-late July. The former Flagler Drive overpass has been replaced with an "at-grade" intersection including new lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage and landscaping.
  • Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Construction
    This project, which began in April 2017, includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction. Construction is scheduled to last until late 2020.
  • Map of FDOT Construction Projects in Palm Beach County
    Click here for the interactive map. Click on traffic cone icons for project names and information.
     
  • Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Weekly Construction Updates
    Click for announcements regarding updated lane closures and work zones due to construction and maintenance projects in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
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