Upgrades to make downtown more pedestrian- and bike-friendly; Project expected to begin 2020
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 23, 2019)
-- The City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency have approved plans to make downtown more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists with mobility improvements to Banyan Boulevard. These improvements, which are a part of the Downtown Mobility Plan adopted by the City in May 2018, will help create a more equitable, safe and attractive transportation network throughout the City.
The project, in design, has been presented to the general public and stakeholders in meetings that began in 2018. If approved by the City Commission this fall, final design & construction would begin in Spring 2020. The improvements, referred to as Banyan Complete Streets, will affect 1.25 miles of Banyan Blvd. between Australian Ave. and Flagler Dr. The project will achieve:
- A four-lane section divided urban roadway with sidewalks;
- Bicycle paths and enhanced landscaping between Australian Ave. and Dixie Hwy.;
- A two-lane section with sharrows (a shared lane marking) for cyclists and drivers;
- Landscaping between Dixie Hwy. and Flagler Dr.;
- Bicycle lanes.
Construction will include integrating modified drainage features into the existing drainage system, replacing some traffic signals with new mast arm systems and internally illuminated signs, and relocating water lines, if necessary. The enhancements and modifications will be made in compliance with the most current standards issued by the South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FDOT, Palm Beach County and City of West Palm Beach.
For more information on the Banyan Boulevard project, call (877) 810-3044 (TTY: 800-955-8771) or plan to attend one of the public meetings (dates to be announced)!
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. For more information on the Downtown Mobility Plan, please visit: https://wpb.org/wpb_website/media/engineering/mobility_plan-master_final-5-21-18_1.pdf