Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed in both directions around-the-clock from 10 p.m. Friday, June 3 until 6 a.m. Monday, June 6. News release from the contractor:
Workers will complete building a temporary eastbound lane between Olive Avenue and Flagler Drive and shift eastbound traffic onto this temporary lane in time to reopen on Monday morning. While the bridge is closed, all vehicular traffic will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists will also be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge.
Currently, eastbound traffic accesses the Flagler Memorial Bridge via the Flagler Drive Flyover. Once traffic is shifted, eastbound drivers will cross Flagler Drive and use the westbound exit ramp to get onto the bridge. There will be one eastbound and one westbound lane on this ramp. This shift will allow the contractor to remove the Flagler Drive Flyover and build the “at-grade” intersection for the replacement bridge. Traffic will remain this way until fall 2016, when the replacement bridge is expected to open four lanes of traffic (two lanes in each direction).
The Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge with a new bascule bridge connecting the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach over the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). The Flagler Drive overpass will be replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage, and landscaping are also included. Active construction began on Sept. 10, 2012 and will last until spring 2017. The estimated construction cost is $100 million.
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Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed next weekend June 3-6
From the Town of Palm Beach: Traffic & Construction Report for the Week of May 23, 2016.
(1) TOWN SQUARE
(2) SIGNALIZATION AND MAST ARM IMPROVEMENTS ON NORTH COUNTY
(3) TOWN-WIDE STREET LIGHT REPLACEMENT
(4) NORTH OCEAN BOULEVARD
(5) COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
(6) RIDGEVIEW DRIVE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
(7) WEST INDIES ROAD AND CHERRY LANE SANITARY SEWER LINING
(8) E-2 PUMP STATION MAINTENANCE
(9) FPU GAS LINE REPLACEMENTS
(10) TABBY SIDEWALK / CROSSWALK PRESSURE WASHING – WORTH AVE
(11) VIA MARINA
(12) SOUTH OCEAN BOULEVARD STREET LIGHT INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
(13) EMERGENCY SIGNALIZATION REPAIRS AT CLARKE AVENUE / COCOANUT ROW
A dedicated traffic telephone line is also available from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday to report excessive traffic delays or concerns. Please call 561-838-5410. After hour concerns can be reported to the Police Department at 561-838-5454.
Yesterday the Port of Palm Beach voted to not fund the Army Corp of Engineering Project to deepen and widen the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet and lagoon.
Previously the federal funding for the project was pulled by the joint efforts of Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Mayor Gail Coniglio, the Save Our Inlet Coalition, and the Civic Association. Now the Port itself has voted to not go forward with the project.
Port of Palm Beach Agrees to Shelve Controversial Dredging Plan
[Civic Association Mention: "In 2014, the Palm Beach Civic Association formed the Save Our Inlet Coalition to oppose the plans. The coalition said the Corps’ environmental impact statement was seriously flawed."]
A proposed $88.6 million dredging and expansion project at the Port of Palm Beach’s harbor is off the table for now, but a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Report stating that the improvements are needed will remain open until 2021.
On Thursday, the Port of Palm Beach Commission voted to accept executive director Manuel Almira’s recommendation that the port notify the Corps it does not want to pursue the Lake Worth Inlet navigational improvement project to widen two channels and deepen the inlet to 39 feet.
Below is the Port's news release:
May 19, 2016 – (Riviera Beach, FL) On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners agreed to exclude funding for a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Worth Inlet navigational improvement project from the port’s Master Plan Update.
The ACOE project, along with the economic and environmental backup that accompanied the plan, was published for the port’s review in 2005. As global, regional and state markets; the port’s tenant composition; and the environmental and recreational dynamics surrounding the port have changed, the port’s missions and goals continue to evolve. In discussing the 10-year time span between the study and the Thursday evening decision, the port’s board of commissioners recognized that its Master Plan update will address what it means to be an urban port, focusing on the ever-changing dynamics of the region.
Port Chairman Wayne Richards explained, “With our neighboring municipalities and civic organizations working together to ensure the port maintains 33 feet of depth within the inlet, I believe we can continue a viable operation for years to come and have no need to include funding for an inlet expansion project within our master plan at this time. The port is tucked between four municipalities, all of which maintain residential borders to our facility. Year after year, tourism and recreation around Peanut Island and the Lake Worth Inlet increase and we continue to manage a harmonious existence amongst it all.”
The Army Corps recently completed a maintenance dredge of the Lake Worth Inlet, an annual event, that resulted in the transfer of 200,000 cubic yards of sand onto the shores of the Town of Palm Beach.
Judy Goodman of Palm Beach was recently inducted into the South Florida Fair Hall of Fame.
She has served on the fair’s board of directors since 1980, and in 1997 was elected chairman.
Jack Frost, chairman of the board, said: "Judy Goodman has been instrumental in making the fair a true showcase for our community and South Florida in general.”
Ms. Goodman, an attorney, is president of Judy Goodman, PA, a public policy firm that consults for clients in issues in healthcare, strategy and research. She was vice president of Photo Electronics Corp. (1975-2003) and served as editorial director for their broadcast division, WPEC-TV, the CBS affiliate in the Palm Beaches.
Ms. Goodman founded and served as first executive director and later chairman for the local arts council. She is a life trustee of Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, a distinguished life trustee and former chairman of South Florida Fair, and a board member of Economic Council and Palm Beach County Medical Society Services Inc.
Ms. Goodman received her BA from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and her JD and MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Ms. Goodman is adjunct professor of healthcare law and healthcare policy for graduate and undergraduate students in Florida Atlantic University's Graduate Health Administration Programs (2011-2016).
She has lived in Palm Beach for more than 40 years and is married to J. John Goodman MD. They have two grown sons together.
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. May 20, 2016 edition.
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Good Samaritan announced today that Mayda Loveland Tress, registered nurse and unit shift manager, has been inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s highest honor for employees.
When Tress lost her niece to breast cancer, she turned her grief into a gift of service – something her niece, Kelly, would have appreciated. Tress joined forces with World Help, a humanitarian organization, to raise funds for and build a 50-bed home, called “Kelly’s House,” in Guatemala. The house is designed to support special needs children and is Tress’ way of honoring her niece’s passion for caring for underserved people in other countries.
Mayda Loveland Tress, 2016 Tenet Hero Hall of Fame Inductee [3:49]
Tress became a devoted medical mission volunteer ― treating hundreds of people who had little or no medical care previously. She sponsors nine children in Guatemala and two in Uganda. On her last trip to Guatemala, she presented all nine with new bikes. She has also supported deep-well construction to provide clean, fresh water to deserving families in the area.
“Our Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame inductees demonstrate our commitment to patients and the communities we serve,” said Eric Evans, Tenet’s president of hospital operations. “Mayda’s dedication to providing care and making a difference in the lives of others far beyond her role at the hospital is truly inspirational.”
Tenet Heroes are nominated by their hospital’s leadership teams and selected based on their dedication to their patients, colleagues and communities. Tress was one of 10 employees inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 130 submissions. The award recognizes exceptional employees who best embody Tenet’s core values – Quality, Integrity, Service, Innovation and Transparency.
Good Samaritan Medical Center is a Palm Beach Civic Association Corporate Partner
Click Here to download a PDF of the construction and traffic report from the town for the week of May 16. PLEASE NOTE OKEECHOBEE BLVD IS OPEN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS!
(2) TOWN SQUARE
(3) SIGNALIZATION AND MAST ARM IMPROVEMENTS ON NORTH COUNTY ROAD
(4) COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
(5) CHERRY LANE AND RIDGEVIEW ROAD DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS:
(6) FPU GAS LINE REPLACEMENTS
(7) COCONUT TREE TRIMMING ON WORTH AVENUE
(8) COMCAST DIRECTIONAL BORING ON ROYAL PALM WAY
(9) FPL WORK ON VIA MARINA
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. May 12, 2016 edition.
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