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.

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.