On Monday, Dec. 19, the new Flagler Memorial Bridge will open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic with one eastbound and one westbound lane on the bridge and the south sidewalk open to pedestrians.
To prepare for the traffic switch from the old bridge to the replacement bridge, the old bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with the new bridge opening at 6 a.m. Monday. While the bridges are closed, all eastbound and westbound traffic will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge to cross the Intracoastal Waterway.
When the replacement bridge opens, eastbound traffic will access the bridge from Quadrille Boulevard. Westbound traffic will access the bridge at Royal Poinciana Way. The following restrictions will be 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 (see map) will be 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/south 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.