Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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130 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 G E T T I N G A R O U N D PA L M B E A C H lying just east of the Everglades – inland several miles from coastal Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach – could constitute a city or two in their own right but never have incorporated. That region is also home to the county's Agricultural Reserve Area, which is under heavy devel- opment pressure. TRANSPORTATION ARTERIES Living in any of those areas except the Glades is most convenient for people who work along Florida's southeast coast. That is where the region's two major controlled-ac- cess highways are: Interstate 95, a multilane freeway that runs the length of the East Coast, whose "missing link" north of PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach County was only completed in late 1987; and Florida's Turn- pike, a multilane divided toll road that spans 313 miles from its northern end at Interstate 75 in Wildwood to U.S. 1 in Florida City south of Miami, the gateway to the Florida Keys. I-95 has more than two dozen exits to major east-west roads in the county; the turnpike has eight full interchanges and two partial ones. Tolls on the turnpike average roughly 7 cents per mile but are discounted by about 25 percent for users of the SunPass electronic toll system, which works on all state toll roads and is being updated in 2016 to operate in a number of other states. The state Department of Transportation makes navigating rush hours somewhat easier with electronic signboards on the interstate and turnpike that are used to alert drivers about delays and road closures due to accidents, construction, special events and other inci- dents. A special radio frequency broadcasts emergency messages. And WPTV-Channel 5, the local NBC station, has the coun- ty's only traffic helicopter and runs regular reports during its morning and evening news programs, coinciding with the rush hours. The Department of Motor Vehicles also offers a system known as Florida 511, which is available via the Internet at www.FL511. com and via phone by dialing 511, which provides similar information for those plan- ning a trip. Traffic cameras and estimated travel times are also accessible through Florida 511. There are several other major north-south roads clustered near the Atlantic's shores: State Road A1A, which hugs the entire Florida east coast and is the "main street" for the communities lining the barrier islands; U.S. 1, which runs from Key West to Maine, coinciding in places with A1A and elsewhere with what's often called Federal Highway, which is just across the bridges spanning the Intracoastal Waterway from A1A; Congress Avenue (State/County Road 807); Mili- tary Trail (State/County Road 809); and, farther inland, State Road 7/U.S. 441, the main route for the county's western suburbs. All of the last three are heavily trafficked commercial corridors. One road, commonly called the Beeline Highway (State Road 710), diagonally connects the coastal cities with communities to the northwest and on into Martin County, Palm Beach's northern neighbor. It is being improved to service the growing, more rural communities in north county and points north. Hundreds of bridges crisscross the Palm Beaches' many waterways, including 20 drawbridges maintained by the state or county that span the Intracoastal. No tolls are charged, but sometimes bridge open- ings take a toll on easy commutes since their schedules vary. Some lift on boaters' demand; others open at regular intervals, most commonly on the hour and half-hour. OPTIONS FOR COMMUTERS Palm Beach County is serviced by both Amtrak and Tri-Rail, the commuter railway operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, a consortium of counties, and running north-south from Mangonia Park (just north of West Palm) to Miami, right next to I-95 for most of the Photos courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

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