South Dixie Highway Streetscape
WGI was hired by the City of West Palm Beach to provide urban design for the South Dixie Highway Lane Elimination project, as well as lead the public outreach. The project area is approximately one-and-a-half miles long running from Okeechobee Boulevard to Albermarle Road. This area has several urban infill projects under construction, is surrounded by desirable neighborhoods, and is home to many restaurants and shops. With this in mind, the City had pushed forward this project to create a complete and walkable streetscape to improve traffic safety, access to local businesses, and aesthetics along the corridor. In addition to improving traffic safety, the project also increases the width of the sidewalk, allowing for new landscape areas.
Working closely with both the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the City, the WGI Team used FDOT roadway plans and our own site analysis to master plan the landscape and pedestrian areas of the corridor. This allowed us to see where landscape areas could be increased or where space needed to be reserved for the sidewalk. Our team took special care to ensure that the streetscape and landscape designs addressed the infrastructure needs of the corridor. The landscape design is another unique feature of this plan as the City and many of
the property owners wanted to make sure the proposed landscape responded to the nature and brand of their businesses. This meant that our team started the landscape design by curating a selective plant palette. This plant palette promoted harmony in the overall design, while still allowing the landscape to respond to individual buildings.