Two West Palm streets to close for Norton gala this weekend

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A pair of streets just east of the Norton Museum of Art will close this weekend as the museum hosts its annual Gala.

According to the museum, Diana and Actaeon places will be closed from midnight Friday through noon Sunday. The Gala is slated for Saturday night on Norton Gallery Park, which sits between the two streets.

A nickel-bronze sculpture Actaeon, 1925 by Paul Manship, sits at the end of Actaeon Place in West Palm Beach, which will be closed as the Norton Museum of art hosts its annual Gala this weekend. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)
A nickel-bronze sculpture Actaeon, 1925 by Paul Manship, sits at the end of Actaeon Place in West Palm Beach, which will be closed as the Norton Museum of art hosts its annual Gala this weekend. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)

Traffic will be detoured on South Olive Avenue and South Flagler Drive. The roundabout at South Olive and Diana/Actaeon will remain open to the public throughout the weekend.

This is a big weekend for fundraisers in and near West Palm Beach. The 60th annual Red Cross Ball is being held Saturday night just across the Intracoastal at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, an event President Donald Trump is expected to attend.

Road closures in West Palm Beach you should know about

The city of West Palm Beach just released a new list of road closures you should know about. Below is the list to help you plan your commute for the coming week:

• Lake Avenue from Summit Boulevard to Bradley Street is closed until Feb. 10 as the city replaces the drainage system. This may change from week to week based on construction activity.

• Parker Avenue at Park Place will be partially closed until Jan. 13 as the city performs utility installation work.

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• Flagler Drive at Southern Boulevard will be partially closed until Feb. 14 as the city performs utility installation work.

• Dixie Highway at Fern Street will be closed and Fern Street itself will be partially closed from Dec. 12-15 as crews dismantle a crane at The Alexander worksite.

• Flagler Drive at the Flagler Memorial Bridge will closed from Dec. 16-19 for work related to the bridge replacement.

• Miramar Way will be closed from Olive Avenue to Washington Road from now through Jan. 31 for utilities installation.

• Partial closures for work related to All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail service: Third Street at Quadrille Boulevard from now through Dec. 11; Clematis Street at Quadrille from Dec. 14-18; Banyan Boulevard at Quadrille from Dec. 19-23.

• Rosemary Avenue at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will be partially closed — with the end date to be determined — as crews replace the roof on the CityPlace South Tower.

• Florida Avenue will be closed at Rosemary Avenue until Dec. 20 for work at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This may change from week to week based on construction activity.

 

 

 

Learn more about plans for I-95 interchange at Southern Boulevard at upcoming meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation is having an open house this week for those interested in learning about plans for the Interstate 95 interchange at Southern Boulevard.

The workshop, which is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 with a presentation at 6 p.m., will review the different alternatives being considered by the state as it plans for an expected surge in traffic at the interchange over the next 10 years.

Southern Boulevard facing west toward the I-95 interchange, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Southern Boulevard facing west toward the I-95 interchange, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

An October presentation by FDOT to the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization about the project grew tense, as MPO Board members expressed concern for what they said was a lack of communication from the state, particularly regarding the need for the interchange to be redone.

The project is in the very early planning stages, with engineers and consultants now reviewing options for what could be done to make sure the interchange can handle the amount of traffic it’s estimated to see over the next two decades.

Among the options for the interchange discussed in October are adding one or two flyovers, adding or changing lane configurations on all of the ramps, updating signals and widening bike lanes.

The state has a website where residents can keep up with the latest on the project: www.i95atsouthern.com.

Work is planned for nearly every I-95 interchange in Palm Beach County over the next 20 years, part of the state’s efforts to take a long-range look at traffic levels along major arteries.

If you go

What: Florida Department of Transportation Alternatives Public Workshop for the Project Development and Environment Study for the I-95/Southern Boulevard interchange in West Palm Beach

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Palm Beach Airport Hilton, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach

Information: Contact project manager Anson Sonnett at 954-777-4474 or anson.sonnett@dot.state.fl.us.

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.