Right-of-Way Obstruction Programs
The Florida Department of Transportation has developed and published minimum standards for construction and maintenance of public highways. Part of those standards require that roadsides remain free of obstruction in the event a motorist needs to leave the roadway to avoid an accident or hazard and to provide adequate sight distance for traffic control devices and vehicles entering the roadway. Any installation of landscaping materials in the County rights-of-way requires a permit from the Land Development Division. Hazards which are deemed capable of causing serious injury (i.e. blocking a traffic control device) are removed as soon as possible without regard to notice time limits. Once informed and investigated by staff, all others are removed by County forces, after proper notification.
The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has determined that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Palm Beach County to allow for the regulated sales of specific products (flowers, food, produce and plants only) on County rights-of-way within the unincorporated areas of the County. All such sales are regulated by the Roadside Vendors Ordinance. The Roadside Vendor Ordinance allows the Traffic Division to issue a permit for a specific location that meets all the requirements of the Ordinance. The permit allows vending on County right-of-way during day light hours. A Roadside Vendor Ordinance can be mailed upon request by contacting the Traffic Division at (561) 684-4030.
Note: The Zoning Division regulates vending on private property through their Special Permit Section.
Call (561) 233-5200 for more information.
Annual Pathway Program
The Annual Pathway program is intended to retrofit pathway on existing County roadway. The primary emphasis of the program is to provide access to schools and parks.
Traffic Calming Program
The Traffic Calming Program is intended to slow motor vehicles through the installation of geometric changes to the roadway. The primary geometric change used is speed humps. Speed humps, unlike the shorter speed bumps sometimes found in private parking lots, are longer (generally 22 to 40 feet long) changes in the elevation. Their installation is limited to non-thoroughfare roadway which meet minimum requirements for both the number of vehicles and the percentage of vehicle exceeding the speed limit.
Urban Traffic Control System (UTCS)
The Urban Traffic Control System provides control for 450 of the traffic signals operated in Palm Beach County. The system allows signal timing to be changed remotely to address change traffic flow conditions.