The new Flagler Memorial Bridge is open to traffic. The replacement bridge opened to the public at 12:44 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, well before rush hour on Monday morning and the planned opening at 6 a.m.
One eastbound and one westbound lane are open and the south sidewalk is open to pedestrians.
The following restrictions are in place:
• Flagler Drive will continue to be closed in both directions from Fourth Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge while the road is reconstructed.
• Flagler Drive will be closed in both directions from north of Seventh Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge while the road is reconstructed. Only local traffic will have access. Westbound traffic exiting the bridge will no longer be able to access Flagler Drive to go north.
• Eastbound traffic exiting the bridge will not be able to turn left onto Bradley Place.
The following detours are in place:
• Drivers going west on Flagler Memorial Bridge should go to North Dixie Highway to go north or south.
• Drivers going north on Flagler Drive from south of Fourth Street should go west on Banyan Boulevard, north on North Dixie Highway, east on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to Flagler Drive.
• Drivers going south on Flagler Drive from north of Seventh Street should go north on Flagler Drive to Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, west on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, south on North Dixie Highway, east on Banyan Boulevard to Flagler Drive.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge with a new bascule bridge connecting the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach over the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). The Flagler Drive overpass is being replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage, and landscaping are also included. Active construction began on Sept. 10, 2012, and will last until spring 2017. The estimated construction cost is $105 million.