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.
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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.
• 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.
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 email@example.com or on Twitter, @kristinawebb.