Location: Northbound and Southbound Federal Highway from SE 10th to NE 8th Streets
Contact: John Morgan, Environmental Services Director at 243-7320; Jeff Costello, Executive Director at 561-276-8640
Project Description: Federal Highway (also known as NE/SE 5th and 6th Avenues) splits into a one-way pair system through the downtown with a minimum of three lanes in each direction. In the blocks approaching Atlantic Avenue there are also turn lanes and on-street parking lanes. The Downtown Master Plan calls for traffic calming, beautification, and enhanced pedestrian safety along the Federal Highway corridor by eliminating travel lanes, widening sidewalks and adding landscaping throughout the downtown area. Unlike many of the other streets in the downtown area, there is no landscaping in the right-of-way and the sidewalks along the road are the minimum width.
Engineering consultants Kimley Horn studied traffic volumes and movements amidst concern that the proposed changes would cause traffic congestion. Their findings were presented to the public in March of 2005 and in January 2006, along with three conceptual designs for the improvements. View the Kimley Horn Presentation here.
Temporary modifications were installed in April 2008 between NE 8th Street (George Bush Blvd.) and SE 10th Street for a trial period, allowing officials to study their effect during peak and off-peak seasons. Kimley Horn collected speed, volume, and crash data during the peak season prior to the temporary trial, and in the peak season after the trial was implemented. The results, presented to the City Commission on May 19, 2009, are as follows:
In summary, the temporary trial modification for the US 1 corridor accomplished the intended goals, resulting in slower speeds and significantly fewer accidents, while maintaining the road’s capacity to handle the traffic volumes. The City Commission voted to proceed with permanent enhancements, leaving the temporary measures in place in the meantime.
Construction of the permanent modifications was completed in November 2015 and the ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 18, 2015. The project’s total cost of $13,991,846 consists of the following: FDOT’s contribution of $5,051,604, Federal contribution of $2,189,840, the City’s contribution of $2,957,480, the CRA’s contribution of $3,614,188, and the developer contribution of $178,734. Improvements include the following:
More information is available on the City of Delray Beach website.
View the US-1 Enhancement Project Brochure.
Visit our Facebook page photo album for photographs of existing conditions, temporary modifications, conceptual renderings, and construction progress.