Banyan at railroad tracks to close for a week for Brightline work

Another downtown road closure is coming as crews prepare for the launch of All Aboard Florida’s high-speed passenger rail service.

Banyan Boulevard will be closed temporarily at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as crews perform improvements along the company’s rail corridor in South Florida.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The spot, just west of Quadrille Boulevard, will be closed from 7 a.m. Jan. 13 to 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Traffic will need to detour north to Third Street or south to Clematis Street.

Work preparing the FEC line for Brightline has led to periodic road closures throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The service is expected to launch this year, offering service between Miami and West Palm Beach with a stop in Fort Lauderdale. Brightline plans to extend its route in a second phase that would serve travelers heading to Orlando.

 

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Clematis Street to close at railroad crossing for Brightline work

An upcoming downtown road closure could snarl vehicle traffic for commuters and foot traffic for the hundreds who visit Clematis Street each weekend for entertainment.

Clematis will close at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing from 7 a.m. Dec. 14 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18 as All Aboard Florida crews perform work to get ready for the introduction of the company’s Brightline passenger-rail service.

A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida's Brightline station, which is under construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline station, which is under construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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It’s the most recent crossing closure in Palm Beach County as All Aboard crews have worked along the FEC corridor for the past year preparing for the new rail line’s launch, slated for 2017.

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Fern Street closed at rail crossing through Nov. 22 for Brightline work

Fern Street at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing in downtown West Palm Beach closed this morning, and will remain closed for nearly two weeks.

The road will reopen at 6 p.m. Nov. 22, after crews complete work on the grade crossing to prepare for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail service.

A rendering of All Aboard's Florida's West Palm Beach station sits on the top floor of the building, overlooking downtown, after "topping off" ceremonies, signaling construction of the building has hit a new milestone and reached its top elevation, Friday, September 30, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
A rendering of All Aboard’s Florida’s West Palm Beach station sits on the top floor of the building, overlooking downtown, after “topping off” ceremonies, signaling construction of the building has hit a new milestone and reached its top elevation, Friday, September 30, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

This closure follows one to perform similar work at the rail crossing just south of Fern Street on Gardenia.

Suggested detours: access locations west of the tracks on Fern via either Sapodilla or Tamarind avenues; access locations east of the tracks on Fern via Quadrille Boulevard.

Get the latest news on All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service.

 

This key West Palm rail crossing is closing for four days. Here’s how to get around.

Work to lay railroad track for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service will block Okeechobee Boulevard for four days in May.

(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Brightline is laying a second line of track along the Florida East Coast right-of-way, just west of Okeechobee’s interesection with Quadrille Boulevard. Eastbound and westbound lanes of Okeechobee will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

Workers will be on-site 24 hours a day during this time.

As part of the work, the company also is making safety upgrades as part of a miles-long “quiet zone,” silencing train horns at railroad crossings from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.

“All Aboard Florida worked closely with the City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach to determine the schedule and closure details,” spokeswoman Ali Soule said. “We collectively decided this plan would be the least impactful and less confusing for the public.”

Read more about the work here.

We’ve put together a helpful map with an alternate route and key spots to avoid to help you navigate the construction.

Aside from this route to help you better navigate downtown, we also suggest taking Belvedere Road to the south and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to the north.