County officials have won final approval to connect the so-called State Road 7 “reliever road” to 60th Street North.
That is the last of three road connections that Palm Beach County engineers for years have planned for the reliever, which the state is supposed to eventually extend to Northlake Boulevard.
By mid-2014 residents should be able to drive east and west on 60th Street North, between Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and the reliever road.
By then the county also expects to be done rebuilding the intersection of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and 60th Street, including a bridge over the M Canal, so that cars can more clearly see to the north.
“Right now it’s a real site distance situation,” County Engineer George Webb said.
That’s because 60th Street peaks as it nears Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. Crews plan to flatten the road and widen the bridge. They also will add a left turn lane for southbound traffic headed onto 60th Street.
Indian Trail Improvement District’s Board of Supervisors approved a special permit for the 60th connection earlier this month.
The 2-mile reliever road opened in April 2009 to take pressure off of crowded Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards, which are the two main routes into The Acreage.
The Western Parkway, as the reliever is known formally, swings northwest from Okeechobee Boulevard, where it once ended.
It’s been a help to The Acreage’s 40,000 residents, as well as Royal Palm Beach residents, whose main drags were laden with cars.
The 60th Street connection is expected to relieve congestion from the road’s two other connections — Orange Grove and Persimmon boulevards.