Like rush hour traffic, a $2 million plan to build bicycle lanes, landscaping, crosswalks and medians on Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place east to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is inching forward.
A county transportation board votes July 20 on whether to put the project on a priority list for federal money. If the board votes yes, and the Jupiter town council and the county commission agree, the project from U.S. 1 east to A1A could start in 2021.
Reducing the speed limit from the current 45 mph to 35 is included in the plan.
“It’s the next step in the chain. It’s a complicated process,” said Nick Uhren, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization executive director.
Sprucing up Indiantown Road, the town’s main east-west roadway, will make access easier and more pleasant for visitors to the town’s Inlet Village, said Brenda Arnold, the town’s executive director of the community redevelopment agency. The Inlet Village includes the Square Grouper, Love Street, Suni Sands and other current and future attractions.
“It will make a more pleasant entrance to the beach for locals and out-of-towners,” said Arnold.
The one-half-mile stretch of Indiantown Road includes The Shoppes of Jupiter that contain the Cinepolis Theater, a Publix, several restaurants, office buildings, the First United Methodist Church and entrances to several apartment complexes.
Palm Beach County now has jurisdiction of the section of the road. County and town officials must agree to hand over jurisdiction to Jupiter for the project to begin.
Taking jurisdiction of a county-owned roadway is nothing new in Jupiter.
The town took over jurisdiction from Palm Beach County four years ago of the three-quarter-mile section of A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1. The speed limit was dropped from 35 mph to 20 mph.
Jupiter installed five speed bumps — the only ones on A1A in Palm Beach County — after taking over the roadway. The speed bumps were part of the town’s $8 million spiffing up of A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1.
New sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaping, drainage, crosswalks, on-street parking and streetlights were finished on A1A this past year.
Other communities have also taken over jurisdiction of roads from Palm Beach County. The county approved Wellington’s request for authority over Flying Cow Road.
When the town takes over road jurisdiction, plugging potholes, repaving and re-striping becomes Jupiter’s job. Gaining jurisdiction allows the town to alter traffic patterns. The town can lower — not raise — the speed limit.
The county keeps the authority to install and maintain traffic signals.
Improvements planned for Indiantown Road east of U.S. 1 to A1A:
- The road would stay two lanes for vehicles going both east and west.
- The speed limit would be reduced from the current 45 mph to 35 mph.
- Four-foot-wide bicycle-only lanes would be on both sides of Indiantown Road.
- Ten-foot-wide lanes for pedestrians and slower bicycle riders would be on both sides. The lanes would be separated from the four-foot bicycle lanes by a landscaped median.
- Two crosswalks across Indiantown Road for pedestrians would be installed.
- Left turn lanes would be installed.
- Landscapped medians between the east and west vehicle lanes would be installed.