‘Point A to Point B’ traffic forum set for Monday

(Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard and Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio are hosting “Getting from Point A to Point B,” a public forum Monday, May 22, to address growing public concerns about traffic.

The event starts 8:30 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to preregister.

The forum seeks to identify factors contributing to traffic in West Palm and the town with a collaborative, solution-based approach. The interactive discussions will include pedestrian safety, factors contributing to the growing traffic congestion and future development. The Florida Department of Transportation will join the workshop, as will the county’s engineer.

Many agencies are involved in West Palm’s traffic issue, from the state, which controls Okeechobee Boulevard, to the city which controls the lights, and roads north and south, the town, which needs access through the bridges, to the Coast Guard, which controls bridge openings, Materio said Wednesday. Then there are the trains, whose crossings affect traffic many times a day — and more, when Brightline service begins.

 

“We’re showing we can work in a collaborative effort and we’re encouraging community to be active participants, she said.

West Palm has hired a consult to undertake a mobility study of Okeechobee Boulevard and downtown, also to seek solutions in light of continuing development. The results of that study are due out later this year.

“The mobility study is just part of this and that’s just one piece,” Materio added. “There’s no one silver bullet.”

 

“As a community, we have seen an increase in traffic and congestion that desperately needs to be addressed,” Coniglio said. “Getting from Point A to Point B is about identifying and addressing the issues that are clearly impacting all of the surrounding communities as well as finding long-term solutions.”

“Traffic issues have been a rising problem along the Okeechobee corridor,” Bernard said. “The city can’t function during rush hour when a bridge goes up or a train goes by. There has been a growing voice from the public asking for local officials to take action to improve the traffic situation in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. The county is proud to participate in what we hope will be a fruitful discussion resulting in realistic solutions to the complex traffic problems that plague our community.”

The public is encouraged to preregister for Monday’s event by visiting http://www.PBCtraffic.com. Attendees can also submit questions and concerns to be addressed during the workshop.