breaking news

Special primary to replace Jeff Clemens to cost taxpayers $1 million

LATEST: See which major Boca roadway will be closed for six days


A key Boca Raton east-west roadway will close temporarily for several days as crews work to prepare for the new Brightline passenger-rail service.

Palmetto Park Road will be closed at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks from 7 a.m. Feb. 17 through 6 p.m. Feb. 22 to allow workers to work on the rail line, according to a Brightline news release. The FEC tracks cross Palmetto Park Road just east of the busy Dixie Highway corridor.

» RELATED: Complete coverage of Brightline

Boca Raton has been hit with several prolongedclosures over the past few months as work continues on the new Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard. During an October closure of Yamato Road so crews could work on the Tri-Rail tracks, Boca police and the Florida Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control.

Brightline began testing its first train through central Palm Beach County in mid-January, a week after the company unveiled the train’s locomotive and several passenger cars to the press at a Jan. 11 event at Brightline’s West Palm Beach maintenance facility.

Detours

• Heading east on Palmetto Park Road: Turn left on Northwest Second Avenue and then right on Northwest Second Street. Then turn right onto Dixie Highway and left onto Palmetto Park Road.

• Heading west on Palmetto Park Road: Turn right on Dixie Highway, left on Northwest Second Street, left on Northwest Second Avenue and then right onto Palmetto Park Road.

• Use Glades Road or West Camino Real as alternate north-south routes.

Pedestrian safety on agenda

It’s an issue I’ve been covering closely over the past few months: pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Some of you may recall I’ve reported on a study being conducted by the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization to pinpoint the most dangerous intersections and stretches of road throughout the county.

The culmination of that study — which includes suggestions on how to improve safety — will be presented at Thursday’s MPO Board meeting.

» RELATED: How officials hope to stop spate of bike, pedestrian incidents

Some of the countermeasures included in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study:

• Palmetto Park Road at Federal Highway: Improved access for pedestrians to cross at medians.

• Boynton Beach Boulevard at Seacrest Boulevard: Fewer or more narrow lanes.

• Okeechobee Boulevard at Military Trail: Improved lighting, and more accessible pedestrian signals.

• U.S. 1 from Okeechobee Boulevard to 49th Street: No right turn on red at intersections, and better lighting.

• Northlake Boulevard from Military Trail to Alt. A1A: Improved lighting.

To review the study and its suggestions, go to www.palmbeachmpo.org/plans/ped-bike-safety-study. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Thursday in the 12th floor McEaddy Conference Room of the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Ave, West Palm Beach.

Kristina Webb is the transportation reporter for The Palm Beach Post. Contact her at kwebb@pbpost.com or on Twitter, @kristinawebb.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove
’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove

“Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten just took upgrading your appliances to a whole new level. >> Read more trending news  The Food Network star and celebrity chef took to social media last week to show off a new, stunning stove that she just added to the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment. “First day cooking on my new @lacanche_us...
Jury deliberates 1995 Belle Glade cold case murder
Jury deliberates 1995 Belle Glade cold case murder

In the two decades old photo of the wooded area in Belle Glade, dark marks in the grass showed what prosecutors on Tuesday told a jury was likely Shirley Laseter’s final, desperate attempt to get away. Her assailant viciously bashed the back of her head in with a dirt-filled bucket so hard that it bruised and fractured her spine before she died...
JUST IN: Woman hit by car in West Palm Beach, police search for driver
JUST IN: Woman hit by car in West Palm Beach, police search for driver

A woman is in the hospital after she was hit by a car in West Palm Beach Tuesday evening, according to city police. Investigators are now searching for the driver who fled the scene. At 7:07 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and 45th Street, next to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where a woman was hit. Police said...
Drugs, self-defense claims at heart of death penalty case of Miami man
Drugs, self-defense claims at heart of death penalty case of Miami man

Flakka, alcohol, jealousy over an ex-girlfriend and bad living arrangements were all terrible pieces of baggage for John Chapman and Vanessa Carmen Williams to bring into their final, fatal encounter on an April morning nearly three years ago. On that, at least, everyone agreed. Why and how Williams ended up dead, on the other hand, emerged on Tuesday...
Riviera employee details sexual misconduct of 2 ex-officials in suit
Riviera employee details sexual misconduct of 2 ex-officials in suit

A Riviera Beach Public Works employee has sued the city, her former department head and a former interim city manager, alleging the officials sexually harassed and assaulted her and that supervisors did nothing about it. The advances of former Interim City Manager Danny Jones and former Public Works Director Brynt Johnson led to loss of dignity, severe...
More Stories