Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed in both directions around-the-clock from 10 p.m. Friday, June 3 until 6 a.m. Monday, June 6. News release from the contractor:
Workers will complete building a temporary eastbound lane between Olive Avenue and Flagler Drive and shift eastbound traffic onto this temporary lane in time to reopen on Monday morning. While the bridge is closed, all vehicular traffic will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists will also be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge.
Currently, eastbound traffic accesses the Flagler Memorial Bridge via the Flagler Drive Flyover. Once traffic is shifted, eastbound drivers will cross Flagler Drive and use the westbound exit ramp to get onto the bridge. There will be one eastbound and one westbound lane on this ramp. This shift will allow the contractor to remove the Flagler Drive Flyover and build the “at-grade” intersection for the replacement bridge. Traffic will remain this way until fall 2016, when the replacement bridge is expected to open four lanes of traffic (two lanes in each direction).
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 will be 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 $100 million.
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Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed next weekend June 3-6