In 2013, pedestrian improvements were made to Quadrille Boulevard, the result of a grant the city secured in 2008. The pedestrian improvements included connecting missing sidewalks along the western flank, planting shade trees, and creating enhanced visibility crosswalks in stamped asphalt. Compared with the previous conditions, this was a significant improvement.
It took significant staff time to secure this grant, I imagine. The grant money was awarded in 2008 and the project wasn’t completed until 2013. Subsequently, FDOT resurfaced Quadrille Boulevard and removed the crosswalks as part of its resurfacing. Here is what the Quadrille and Clematis intersection looks like today.
The good news: According to city staff, the colored, stamped asphalt crosswalks will be back. The current condition is temporary and within a few months, the faux-brick crosswalks will be reinstalled, exactly like those in the first photo above.
These crosswalks took five years to be installed from the awarding of the grant to installation. This doesn’t include time that may have been spent to win the grant itself. If we want to build a stronger West Palm Beach, grants have a place, especially on state roadways such as Quadrille Boulevard. But being dependent on outside money to get projects done is a recipe for underwhelming projects that do not deliver the full spectrum of benefits, are not well maintained, and take a long time to complete. Let’s bear this in mind as the city moves ahead on efforts to create a more livable and more walkable West Palm Beach.