RAILROAD EXPERT HARRY BRUCE'S TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE PREDICTION COMES TRUE

Publish Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 2:45pm

Kristina Webb - www.palmbeachpost.com

Work to lay railroad track for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service will block Okeechobee Boulevard for four days in May.

Brightline is laying a second line of track along the Florida East Coast right-of-way, just west of Okeechobee’s interesection with Quadrille Boulevard. Eastbound and westbound lanes of Okeechobee will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

Workers will be on-site 24 hours a day during this time.

As part of the work, the company also is making safety upgrades as part of a miles-long “quiet zone,” silencing train horns at railroad crossings from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.

“All Aboard Florida worked closely with the City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach to determine the schedule and closure details,” spokeswoman Ali Soule said. “We collectively decided this plan would be the least impactful and less confusing for the public.”