As the off-season starts, year-round Palm Beachers are hoping that this summer's traffic won't be a repeat of the last. But just like last year, and year-round, stay tuned to the Civic Association Traffic webpage. Here's the latest.
As construction season approaches this year, the town is working to avoid a repeat of last summer's scenario. Town rules restrict large infrastructure projects to the off-season, May through September.
All Aboard Florida project throws up another roadblock
Okeechobee Boulevard closure in May will hurt travelers on and off the island.
In addition to having to navigate around numerous in-town construction projects — including replacement of some water mains; sidewalk and road work around Town Hall and Florida Public Utilities’ replacement of 4 miles of gas lines — drivers also will have to deal with a complete closure of Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks for four days next month.
Okeechobee is a major artery into Palm Beach, particularly with the Flagler Memorial Bridge down to two drive lanes while its replacement is being constructed.
Mayor Gail Coniglio said Saturday the closure will be a traffic catastrophe, but it is something over which the town has no control.
Tourism leaders ask All Aboard to delay Okeechobee Blvd. closure
Palm Beach County tourism leaders are urging All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service to delay its planned closures of Okeechobee Boulevard next month, saying the project would be bad for business at the nearby convention center.
All Aboard’s rail work is set to close Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks for four days, beginning at 8 p.m. on May 13 and ending at 6 p.m on May 17. Halfway through the work schedule more than 1,400 convention-goers are expected to descend on downtown West Palm Beach for The American Helicopter Society International’s annual forum and technology display.
Gas, water main work ahead, but officials aim to minimize impact
As year-round residents know, there can be drawbacks to spending the summer in Palm Beach: heat, construction and traffic snarls.
This year will bring more of the same. The City of West Palm Beach and Florida Public Utilities have notified the town of water main and gas main replacements they plan on the island this summer.