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Wednesday 11/21, 9:00 a.m. UPDATE

Starting Monday, Flagler Bridge openings to be limited in rush hour
After the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, motorists can expect a little relief with traffic jams at the two northernmost bridges in and out of Palm Beach.

A malfunction in the locking mechanism of the Flagler Memorial Bridge compelled the Florida Department of Transportation to close the bridge on Nov. 5. It reopened to vehicular traffic on Nov. 13, but with only one lane open in each direction and a ban on trucks weighing more than 5 tons.

To ease vehicular traffic, the U.S. Coast Guard began restricting the Royal Park Bridge’s opening schedule for boat traffic.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Thursday 11/15, 9:00 a.m. UPDATE

Flagler bridge still being assessed; full reopening date still uncertain.
Engineers reviewing the alignment of the span locks for the Flagler Memorial Bridge cannot yet say when the bridge will be fully operational. “That is currently under evaluation, so I don’t have an answer for you regarding that,” said Tish Burgher, spokeswoman for the bridge replacement project.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)


Tuesday 11/13, 9:00 a.m. UPDATE

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From the bridge construction Public Information Officer:

The Flagler Memorial Bridge is reopened to limited vehicular traffic. One lane is open in each direction for passenger cars only; vehicles exceeding five tons (larger than an average pickup truck), will not be allowed over the bridge. The bridge remains closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The team will continue to monitor bridge conditions and work with Palm Beach County Traffic Engineering to adjust traffic signal timing along A1A and Flagler Drive as necessary in response to the these restrictions.

The bridge has been closed to vehicles since 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, for emergency maintenance on the bridge locks. Early Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, project staff determined that some settlement had occurred at the bridge’s southeast pier. The settlement caused the locks to be out of alignment. The settlement may be related to construction activity.

Thursday morning, Nov. 8, project staff recorded a small amount of additional settlement had occurred in the previous 24 hours. From Friday morning, Nov. 9, through Monday morning, Nov. 12, the project team continued to monitor the bridge. On Monday afternoon, the team determined that the bridge could reopen to limited traffic.

Monday 11/12, 3:00 p.m UPDATE.

The Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge will reopen to limited vehicular traffic at 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13. When the bridge reopens, there will be one lane open in each direction for passenger cars only; vehicles exceeding five tons, (larger than an average pickup truck) will not be allowed over the bridge.  

Thursday morning (Nov. 8), project staff recorded a small amount of additional settlement had occurred in the previous 24 hours. From Friday morning (Nov. 9) through Monday morning, (Nov. 12), the project team continued to monitor the bridge. On Monday afternoon, the team determined that the bridge could reopen to limited traffic.

The team will continue to monitor bridge conditions and work with Palm Beach County Traffic Engineering to adjust traffic signal timing along A1A and Flagler Drive as necessary in response to the these restrictions.

The bridge has been closed to vehicles since 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, for emergency maintenance on the bridge locks. Early Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, project staff determined that some settlement had occurred at the bridge’s southeast pier. The settlement caused the locks to be out of alignment. The settlement may be related to construction activity.

Monday, 11:30 a.m UPDATE.

On Monday morning, the Flagler Memorial Bridge remains closed. This is the seventh day that the bridge is closed. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes to and from Palm Beach.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 

Friday,6:07 a.m. UPDATE. 

On Friday morning, the Flagler Memorial Bridge remains closed and drivers are asked to find alternate routes to and from Palm Beach.There is a chance repairs could be completed and the bridge opened sometime this weekend.

Read More (Palm Beach Post)

Thursday 10:00 a.m. UPDATE.

Traffic troubles continued in and around Town of Palm Beach for a second full day on Wednesday after the unexpected closure of the aging Flagler Memorial Bridge.
The vital link from the barrier island to the mainland was closed for emergency repairs earlier this week after the bridge's locks were knocked out of alignment during the long-planned construction of a replacement bridge.

 

Wednesday 12:15 p.m. UPDATE. 

The north bridge to and from Palm Beach remains closed; drivers should use alternate routes
The Flagler Memorial Bridge, also commonly referred to as the north bridge that connects West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, will remain closed in both directions while state transportation officials repair problems with the draw bridge span.

Tuesday 4:45  p.m. Update. Early this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 6), project staff determined that some settlement has occurred at the bridge’s southeast pier. The settlement has caused the locks to be out of alignment. The settlement may be related to construction activity near that pier.

The bridge remains closed to vehicles while FDOT staff and the project team continue to monitor the structure for additional settlement and work to resolve the lock problem in the next 48 hours.

Tuesday 1:00  p.m. Update. Tish Burgher, Flagler Memorial Bridge Public Information Officer, informed the Civic Association this afternoon that the bridge will probably be closed for 48 hours, that is until Thursday, and that she will keep us updated as soon as they have news.