Packed workshop hears bevy of potential fixes for Okeechobee corridor jams

A receptive group of 300 West Palm Beach residents packed a convention center workshop Thursday night to hear consultants lay out potential solutions to downtown’s busiest and most vexing entryway, the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor.

The consultants, a team assembled by Alta Planning + Design, laid out a bevy of long- and short-term options, from depressing the Tri-Rail tracks to adding roundabouts, turning the Tent Site into a transit hub for better bus routes, creating Clear Lake bike trails that more easily access downtown and Flagler Drive, eliminating or narrowing lanes and reconfiguring intersections to slow traffic and ease pedestrian crossings.

What about a one-block Okeechobee Boulevard tunnel with a grassy plaza on top? What about an elevated bike bridge over Clear Lake highway ramps, or a multi-directional pedestrian bridge linking City Place, the Kravis Center and the Convention Center? A park and ride lot just west of I-95 with free shuttle service to your office? The consultants took ideas they and the public put forth over the prior three days and they went over the pros and cons.

No decisions yet. The discussion was part of a larger mobility study still underway, to examine ways to make it easier to get around the entire city. But the talk made it clear there’s more than one way to get from Point A to Point B.

We’ll post details later today or early tomorrow. Stay tuned.

And to keep tabs on the mobility study’s progress, you can check out WPBmobility.com.

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