- By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Residents on a busy street are about to get some much-anticipated relief.
Royal Palm Beach’s village council on Thursday night unanimously approved a $65,000 contract with Pompano Beach-based Florida Blacktop Inc. to build speed tables on Sandpiper Avenue — the first set of speed tables in the village.
Eleven speed tables and one raised crosswalk will be built along Sandpiper from Royal Palm Beach Boulevard to Bobwhite Road. Now that the council has given the OK to move forward with the contract, it will take about 60 days to finalize before construction can begin, Village Manager Ray Liggins said.
“Once it kicks off, it’ll go pretty quick,” he said.
How quick? Village Engineer Chris Marsh told the village council Thursday night that once the contract is finalized, it will take about a month to complete construction. “We anticipate a quick process,” he said.
Florida Blacktop’s crews can build one or two speed tables a day, Marsh said.
Because the speed tables each will span the width of the road, there will be some detours for regular traffic with access primarily for residents who live along that stretch of road, Marsh said.
Sandpiper Avenue has been plagued by speeding issues for decades, residents have said. More than 100 homes line the 1.1 mile stretch of Sandpiper that will receive the speed tables. There are no sidewalks along the road.
To address concerns, Royal Palm Beach earlier this year passed an ordinance that allows residents to submit a petition to call for a traffic study. As long as a majority of voters on the street sign the petition, the study will be performed. Traffic must meet certain criteria — including the number of cars on the road and how fast they travel — before the village will consider speed-control measures.