Traffic study forum for Okeechobee corridor in Downtown West Palm Beach underway
The city is putting together a plan to fix the corridor at Okeechobee Boulevard through downtown West Palm Beach
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Okeechobee Boulevard in downtown West Palm Beach has long been seen as a trouble spot when it comes to traffic and pedestrian safety.
Thursday, city leaders took some steps to try and alleviate the issue.
This week, a group of consultants have been working to come up with a plan to make that corridor safer.
Okeechobee Blvd. between Australian Ave. and Flagler Drive is always congested.
"Yes. Always dangerous," says Joann Dye of West Palm Beach.
Safety is a concern.
"Ultimate solution and it will have to come sooner than later is a flyover," says Dye.
Both short and long-term solutions were unveiled thanks to a four-day consultant study.
Research shows railroad tracks and the Flagler Bridge contribute to the congestion.
Mayor Jeri Muoio says a traffic study shows a pedestrian bridge or tunneling could be a good long-term solution.
As for some short-term solutions, Muoio says crosswalk times and working with the U.S. Coast Guard on the bridge is a good plan.
"That can be done within the next year or two," says Muoio.
Another potential solution is a transit hub, so less people use their cars for their commute.