Public Works Projects Update Fall 2018
As the City of Palm Bay kicked off fiscal year 2019, the Public Works Department provided updates on many of their current and upcoming projects and initiatives.
The St. Johns Heritage Parkway project continues to progress, with 90% of design plans submitted and ground clearing completed on the new section. The Parkway project is moving into a new phase this fall, with excavation of the site beginning this week. Work on the new I-95 interchange is underway. When completed, the new interchange will connect Babcock to the interstate, providing the Southeast portion of the City with improved accessibility and enhanced economic development opportunities.
The street paving of RJ Conlan and Krassner, as well as the addition of double turn lanes at Port Malabar and Palm Bay Road, are projected to be completed by the end of October. Upcoming roadway initiatives include the Culver Drive widening project, which was awarded by City Council at the October 18th meeting. This project will ease congestion and improve traffic flow to and from Palm Bay Road from the Emerson corridor. Palm Bay Public Works’ Traffic Operation Division has been conducting citywide traffic counts in recent weeks. The data collected in this effort will be used to develop plans for future capacity improvement projects in Palm Bay. Once analyzed, this data will be accessible to the public through an interactive GIS map.
The City of Palm Bay continues to work towards ensuring the safety of students as they make their way to and from school. Under the direction of City Council following several incidents involving pedestrian-involved accidents, the Public Works installed new safety measures near schools. Palm Bay’s Public Works Department secured grant funding through the Safe Routes to Schools program to install sidewalks near select area schools. The sidewalk projects are in the design phase and will be implemented in the coming year. The City intends to continue these efforts by submitting proposals for additional Safe Routes to Schools funding in 2019.The City continues to address stormwater issues by repairing and replacing the failed and failing culverts throughout Palm Bay. In October, Public Works launched a large-scale project intended to improve stormwater runoff and drainage in the northwest portion of Palm Bay, as part of the City’s ongoing stormwater infrastructure repair and improvement program. The Unit 42 project began in October and will be ongoing through February of 2019, as the City replaces 26 pipes and culverts under roadways and intersections west of Jupiter Blvd. and north of Pace Drive in Palm Bay. New culvert construction is also slated to begin on Pebble, Pembroke, and Emerson on November 5th. Additional culvert improvements are planned with the Canal 42 projects at Walden, Weldon, and San Filippo in the design phase.