Forum aims to tackle gridlock along Okeechobee Boulevard
Meeting addresses traffic issues that affect island and West Palm Beach.
Mayor Gail Coniglio and Palm Beach residents say they want to work with officials in West Palm Beach, as well as the state and county, and find ways to fix the worsening traffic grid- lock on Okeechobee Boulevard.
Government and planning officials gathered at a public forum Monday to talk about the growing congestion on the boulevard, which is a vital transportation link between the Royal Park Bridge, downtown West Palm Beach and Interstate 95.
“The corridor has become gridlocked,” Coniglio said. “We need to work together to find solutions.”
Pedestrian safety, especially in the busy crosswalks linking the Palm Beach County Convention Center and Hilton West Palm Beach hotel with CityPlace, is a critical concern, officials and residents said.
John David Corey, founder of Palm Beach Walks, called the forum “a very robust discussion about ways to address a prob-