FDOT in Royal Palm Beach today and Thursday gathering ideas on future of Southern Boulevard

More lanes, less lanes, fewer stops lights, more access roads.

State transportation planners heard all that and more Wednesday during interview sessions with local residents and leaders about the future of Southern Boulevard.

Barbara Powell, (pink shirt), offers suggestions about Southern Boulevard to FDOT consultants this morning at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall.

Barbara Powell, (pink shirt), offers suggestions about Southern Boulevard to FDOT consultants this morning at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall.

The interviews, which end at 4 p.m. Thursday at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall, will help shape a proposal that the Florida Department of Transportation will share with the public next summer on ways to meet projected traffic increases over the next 20 years on a 45-mile stretch of Southern Boulevard.

The DOT hopes to adopt a formal plan by the fall of 2017, a blueprint that will affect the road, also known as State Road 80, from Interstate 95 in downtown West Palm Beach to the town of South Bay near Lake Okeechobee.

A final interview session is set for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Royal Palm Beach. The first two sessions took place Monday and Tuesday in Belle Glade.

The public can still offer comments any time on the DOT’s website for the State Road 80 project.

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