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By Chuck Weber bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Palm Beach County on Thursday chose eight projects for federal stimulus money. Palm Beach is the last county in the state to make its selections which now need approval of the state legislature.

The projects picked for full funding are the rebuilding of the Dixie Highway bridge at the county line in Boca Raton, and the revamping of the main commercial street in downtown Belle Glade. The other six efforts were slated for partial funding. They are Military Trail through most of the south and central sections of the county, and three other major roads in Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. Replacing a bridge in Tequesta also made the list.

The Riviera Beach project is the re-working of State Road A-1-A on Singer Island, Riviera Beach. For years, businesses there pushed for improvements, including better sidewalks and landscaping. The project is now expected to begin this summer.

But with the neighboring Ocean Mall also under construction, some businesses are worried. "Right now it looks kind of raggedy," observed Betty Bennett, owner of Flowers for All Occasions. "It will improve business when it's finished, but people won't be able to get in and out once the roads are under construction. And that's going to be very bad for me, especially because I do need the traffic."

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