NEW: $1 million Okeechobee Boulevard repaving project begins out west

Feb 06, 2018
An electronic message sign lets residents know road work will begin soon on Okeechobee Boulevard between Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Royal Palm Beach Boulevard on Tuesday in The Acreage. (Kristina Webb/The Palm Beach Post)

A project with a price tag of more than $1 million is underway to repave the westernmost section of Okeechobee Boulevard.

The stretch of Okeechobee from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road to Royal Palm Beach Boulevard will be resurfaced for $1.22 million, according to county documents. That price tag includes a $922,000 contract with Ranger Construction Industries Inc. for the repaving and $100,000 to re-stripe the road once the repaving is complete.

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Work will begin this week at night and be completed by the end of February. “That’s all contingent on if the weather holds out,” said assistant county engineer Steve Carrier.

Electronic message signs have been placed on Okeechobee Boulevard at both ends of the project — just east of Seminole Pratt Whitney and just west of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard.

There will be some lane closures overnight, Carrier said and traffic will be directed along the stretch of Okeechobee through Loxahatchee Farms where the road is two lanes.

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Payment for the $922,000 contract comes from the county share of the 1-cent sales surtax approved by voters in 2016.

It’s one of about 20 resurfacing projects this year the surtax revenue is paying for, Carrier said. Almost $80 million will be spent on resurfacing in Palm Beach County over the 10-year life of the surtax, he said.

Ranger is one of two resurfacing contractors being used by the county this year along with Community Asphalt, Carrier said.