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.
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.
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.
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.”