Jupiter Island Way South Road Project Could Reduce Traffic on Indiantown
JUPITER – An Island Way extension to Jupiter, designed to relieve congestion on Indiantown Road and provide access to commercial properties near Interstate 95, is back on the table after several delays which a city official said had placed the “endlessly pending” project.
The project was reopened for discussion at a city council meeting in June, where council members revisited plans for 2018.
The discussion resulted in no action on the article, and the number of unresolved issues related to the extension of the road suggests that the project is far from ready to go.
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Supporters see Island Way extension as a way to end traffic jams
Island Way now ends at Indiantown Road just east of its intersection with I-95. On its way south to Indiantown is a two-lane road named 68th Terrace North which passes just west of the Kennedy Estates neighborhood.
The proposed extension would pass through Indiantown, then turn west on 174th Street North and south on 173rd Street North before entering a new road that would be built on vacant land. It would stretch for about two-thirds of a mile, cutting behind businesses on Capital Street, then connecting to Jupiter Park Drive, home to the Jupiter Park of Commerce.
The project would redirect traffic through two roundabouts, one at the intersection of 68th Terrace North and 174th Street North, and another at the end of the road at Jupiter Park Drive.
Council members say the extension would reduce truck traffic on Central Boulevard.
Previous presentations on the route extension have promised that the extended route will divert 5,000 vehicles from Central per day.
“This road is a relief,” Council member Jim Kuretski said of the project, which he said would ease traffic in the area south of his place of residence. “I don’t want to keep waiting.”
Council member Cameron May said his own travels convinced him the project could play a key role in managing traffic along Indiantown Road.
“It takes me longer to get from the toll highway to my house in Pennock (Lane) to Indiantown Road than to get from Okeechobee (Boulevard) to Indiantown Road on the toll highway,” he said. -he declares. “This is how bad the traffic is right now, so the sooner we can do that, the more it will benefit our community as a whole.”
The next steps would be to buy land, talk with people living near the path to the road
Thomas Driscoll, the city’s director of engineering and public works, said the city had several things to consider in completing plans for the road extension.
Specifically, she has to purchase approximately 6 acres to complete the project. Driscoll said one option was to use the Eminent Estate, a legal process that requires the city to file a lawsuit and hold public hearings on the matter.
Kuretski said he was against using a prominent estate to acquire the necessary land. He said he spoke to neighborhood landowners who would be willing to sell for the appraised value of their land.
But the neighborhood where residents and landlords would be disrupted for the project is a historically black neighborhood that council member Ilan Kaufer says may well be divided if the project goes ahead.
He said one of the reasons for an earlier delay was the pushback of the historic district to Palm Beach County officials.
“This is something that is a tricky situation with an important neighborhood that is not under our jurisdiction but is still part of our community and we have to be aware of that,” Kaufer said.
Neighbors at Kennedy Estates, near Indiantown and Central, have already opposed the project, fearing the road would “devastate” the community and displace elderly residents.
In his presentation in June, Driscoll told council members that the city had met with neighborhood advocates when the project was previously considered.
Kaufer also said the city did not know the full cost of buying a property in the neighborhood, which made it hesitant to continue.
“I don’t understand how I could make the decision to go ahead when we are talking about all these property acquisition costs (and) legal costs without actually knowing the amounts associated with these processes,” a- he declared.
The city budgeted $ 5.4 million for the project in this year’s community investment plan.
The council has asked general manager Matt Benoit to obtain assessments of the land the city is to purchase. Kurestski told the Palm Beach Post that he expects an update from Benoit next month.