PBTPA Votes to Remove SR 7 Extension from Long-Range Transportation Plan
Vote Signals Win for Local Municipalities and Grassy Waters Preserve Protection
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (December 13, 2019) – At a Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (PBTPA) Board Meeting in Royal Palm Beach on December 12, 2019, PBTPA Board Members voted to remove the State Road 7 (SR 7) extension from the agency’s 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan. The Jog and Roebuck Road extensions, previously up for consideration, were also dropped from the plan.
The vote to remove the SR 7 extension from the Plan was the latest PBTPA vote in opposition to roads rejected by local municipalities. There were several other roads dropped by the agency at the behest of the City of Boca Raton and several other municipalities which were concerned about the roads’ adverse impact on quality of life.
In the City of West Palm Beach, the removal of the SR 7, Jog Road and Roebuck Road extensions has the added advantage of protecting Grassy Waters Preserve from the adverse effects of these proposed roads. Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23-square mile pristine remnant of the Everglades and source of drinking water for more than 120,000 residents in the City of West Palm Beach, Town of Palm Beach and Town of South Palm Beach.
“Our water supply is precious, and it must be treated that way,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We’re pleased by this latest development and remain vigilant in the ongoing fight to protect Grassy Waters Preserve, the source of our drinking water and a pristine environmental treasure.”
The City of West Palm Beach remains committed to working with the Florida Department of Transportation and Palm Beach County to identify alternative locations for future roads, which would not threaten the safety of residents or their water supply.