Okeechobee Blvd. closing tonight for 4 days

Posted at 7:10 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 18:40:32-04

If you drive in downtown West Palm Beach as part of your commute, you may want to change your routine starting Friday night.

A portion of Okeechobee Boulevard will be shut down as crews work on rails for the All Aboard Florida high speed train.


Construction on the tracks at Quadrille Boulevard will shut down from Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

All Aboard Florida officials say they're knocking out the bulk of their work all at once with this major closure so they don't have to drag out construction and cause more small closures over a longer period of time.

"We just want to come in and get the work done," said Brightline Rail Infrastructure Vice President Adrian Share. "Put all the resources wwe can and just get in and get out and be done with it."

Construction crews will work around the clock through Tuesday to rip up the road and put in a second railroad track for All Aboard Florida.

In a news conference earlier this week, West Palm Beach Mayor Jerry Muoio suggested drivers getting to and from work to carpool, use the Tri-Rail and or work from home, if possible.

She’s calling on business owners to be flexible.

“We want the business owners of the city to be flexible, if possible,” said Mayor Jerry Muoio. “We want business owners to consider allowing their employees to flex their hours during closure.”

The city is offering incentives to anyone who takes the Tri-Rail or carpools on May 16 and May 17.

If you present your Tri-rail ticket to Starbucks or C-Street Cafe, you’ll get a free coffee. Subculture Coffee will offer a 20 percent discount.

There will be free parking in Clematis Street and City Center garages for carpoolers on May 16 and May 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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