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Palmetto Park Road improvements up for discussion in Boca Raton

Residents seek improved sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes
Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton
Posted at 1:28 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 18:39:18-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Plans are in the works to improve a stretch of Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton.

The focus is on a few blocks located between NW/SW Fourth Avenue and A1A, which is popular for walkers and cyclists.

The planning and zoning board is meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss design plans, which include improved sidewalks, crosswalks and new bike lanes.

The neighbors who live on the barrier island presented a plan that laid out how to make it easier for people to walk and cycle along the road.

Resident Katie Barr MacDougall said they are happy to see the city is listening to their needs.

The planning and zoning board will look at a list of options for the road.

Boca Raton resident Katie Barr MacDougall
Boca Raton resident Katie Barr MacDougall is among those pushing for improvements to Palmetto Park Road.

City Councilman Andy Thomson said the board will help figure out what safety features could be added to the road.

He said it helps that there are hundreds of people from the community who already support changes.

"It is a comprehensive plan they came up with," Thomson said.

Councilman Andy Thomson along Palmetto Park Road
Councilman Andy Thomson shows how utility poles currently take up a portion of the sidewalks along Palmetto Park Road.

"The city had to know the residents are behind this. We want safety, and if they could spruce it up a little, that would be great," MacDougall said.

She said it's a big first step in adding things like pedestrian walkways or bike lanes and fixing some of the skinny sidewalk space.

The planning and zoning board will go through all of the improvement requests for Palmetto Park Road.

They will then bring their suggestions back to the city council so they can decide what can be done to improve the road.

Below are some of the conceptual designs up for discussion: