Residents in communities west of Boynton Beach were told today several transportation projects could bring additional lanes to local roads and expansions to accomodate new residents.
Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Nick Uhren was a guest speaker at The Coalition of Boynton West Residential Association’s monthly meeting. He highlighted completed and future Palm Beach County projects.
Flavor Pict Road will be widened to two lanes from SR 7 to Lyons Road, a project that is expected to begin in 2017. Also, Lyons Road will be widened between Lantana and Lake Worth roads which is expected to start in 2017 or 2018.
Officials are looking into a Hypoluxo Road/turnpike interchange and expanding Lyons Road from Atlantic Avenue to Boynton Beach Boulevard.
The expansions, Uhren said, may be needed because of new housing development near Hypoluxo and Lyons roads.
Completed projects include the Lyons Road expansion between Atlantic Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard. Since the expansion, Uhren said, more than 10,000 drivers travel on the road, which is helpful for those coming from around the Ag Reserve. Other completed projects are the Hypoluxo Road four-lane extension over Florida’s Turnpike and the six-lane widening of Hypoluxo Road from Jog Road to Military Trail.
Commissioner Shelley Vanna, who attended the meeting, said it would be difficult for west Boynton residents to find money to refurbish their roads. She mentioned commissioners voted against placing a half-cent tax issue on future ballots, even though she receives calls from residents complaining of the conditions of the roads. In particular, Vanna has a problem with the condition of the roads near Jog Road and Military Trail.
“It will be a heavy lift for you to get your roads fixed,” Vanna said since the tax wasn’t on the ballot. “While we’re not as bad as Pittsburgh or Washington, we do have bumpy roads.”
At Wednesday’s meeting, COBRWA delegates selected new officers. Myrna Rosoff will return for another year as president; Glen Harvie, first vice president; Warren Danz, second vice president; Debbie Murphy, secretary. Bill Swan and Larry Miller were both running for treasurer and were given three minutes to speak before a final vote. Swan was elected as the new treasurer.
The formal installation of officers will be April 30.