The speed limit on A1A north of Jupiter Beach Road to U.S. 1 is scheduled to be reduced to 30 miles per hour this week, according to town officials.
Lowering the speed limit is part of the plan to turn the area into a “funky fishing village” of shops, restaurants and recreation areas. Plans scheduled to start next spring include new sidewalks on both sides, 4-foot-wide bicycle paths, new street lights, underground power lines and possibly on-street parking.
Cost is estimated at about $5 million. A federal grant will pay about $1.5 million. The town will pay the rest, according to Thomas Driscoll, the director of engineering, parks and public works. Work is scheduled to be finished in 2015.
The town now has the authority to alter traffic patterns on the road. Officials also can can raise and lower the speed limit on the tree-lined road that has mobile home parks, restaurants, condominiums, private homes, offices, kayak rentals, a marina, a boat repair shop and a small hotel.
The speed limit is now 35 mph. The county keeps the authority to install and maintain traffic signals. Plugging potholes, general maintenance, re-paving and re-striping are no longer the job of the county. Those tasks are now up to the town.
The Palm Beach County Commission last week granted the town’s request to maintain the road.
“Jupiter has a vision to create a feel for that area. Some of those plans would not be allowed under our rules,” said Morton Rose, the associate director of the roadway production division for the Palm Beach County engineering department.