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FDOT to conduct safety study on Okeechobee Blvd.

Posted: 1:38 PM, Dec 21, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-21 19:19:37-05
Florida's Department of Transportation is taking action after three pedestrians have been killed at the same intersection on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
 
The three deaths have all been at or near the intersection of Okeechobee and Haverhill so the FDOT has agreed to examine crash data from the last 5 years on Okeechobee starting east of Vista Parkway and going all the way up to Spafford Avenue.
 
The safety study will be looking specifically at crashes that involve pedestrians and bicyclists.
 
Palm Beach County Engineer George Webb says in all three of the deaths near Okeechobee and Haverhill pedestrians have been crossing either without using pedestrian crossing signals or while crossing mid-block away from crosswalks all together.
 
Possible fixes include moving bus stops closer to crosswalks or going as far as putting up barriers in the median making it nearly impossible to cross this stretch of Okeechobee Boulevard anywhere except at crosswalks.
 
The state's safety study is expected to take 10-12 weeks.