Letter: Palm Beach Gardens road plan is dangerous

Palm Beach Gardens made changes to MacArthur Boulevard to help with speeding, pedestrian safety and traffic issues by Howell L. Watkins Middle School. City staff is working on a similar solution for 117th Court North and Shady Lakes Drive. Here are before and after pictures.

Palm Beach Gardens made changes to MacArthur Boulevard to help with speeding, pedestrian safety and traffic issues by Howell L. Watkins Middle School. City staff is working on a similar solution for 117th Court North and Shady Lakes Drive.

The Palm Beach Gardens City Council recently approved what looks like a very dangerous road extension: The council presented Phase 1 of the proposed Shady Lakes Boulevard extension to the community of Shady Lakes; this extension creates an access road for two schools (Timber Trace Elementary and Duncan Middle School), the tennis center and a city park.

A Florida Power & Light substation is built where the right-turn lane on PGA Boulevard needs to be. So, it is uncertain when and if a right-turn lane can be built. While turn lanes are proposed for Phase 3 of the project, there is no projection of when and if it will be built.

City staff members say that moving the substation is complicated, and other improvements in Phase 3 will cost a hefty $3 million-plus (there is no money budgeted, nor a schedule projected for this expensive project). Phase 3 and the turning lane may be years in coming, if ever.

Additional access for the schools is a good idea. However, this extension will create a potentially dangerous intersection that will be used by buses, full of our children, stuck waiting to make a right turn on busy PGA Boulevard.

BRUCE HONIG, PALM BEACH GARDENS

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