There’s still time to weigh in. FDOT is hosting another public hearing Sept. 28 at Palm Beach Gardens Council Chambers, 10500 North Military Trail. It’s starts at 5:30 as an open house with a formal presentation at 6 p.m., followed by a comment period.
Residents and the City Council alike have urged engineers to find another way – not an interchange – to alleviate the traffic that piles up every afternoon on PGA Boulevard and to account for future growth.
But an FDOT consultant in April told Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Marcie Tinsley and the Council that minor changes aren’t going to help and widening the road is never going to happen.
The plans for a Central Boulevard interchange gained steam in July when the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization signed off on the $44 million. Don Mathis at the time warned planning officials the on and off-ramps will bring too much traffic into neighborhoods.
The earliest construction could start is 2022.
Residents who can’t attend the hearing or who want to submit comments in writing can send them to Bing Wang, PE, FDOT Project Manager, 3400 West Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309. All statements postmarked on or before Oct. 13 will become part of the record.
Documents related to the project are online at http://www.95pgacentralblvd.com. They’re also available through Oct. 13 at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall.