FPL replacing wooden light poles in Delray Beach; project will affect traffic

Workers installed new concrete poles near Palm Beach International Airport in 2015. Similar poles will be installed to replace wooden poles in Delray Beach this month. (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Florida Power & Light is replacing wooden light poles with storm-resistant concrete poles in Delray Beach through April, and the project may affect overnight traffic in certain areas.

The company has replaced light poles throughout Palm Beach County over the years in an effort to make the electric grid more resilient during storms and more reliable.

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The Delray Beach project is slated to last six weeks, from March 20 to April 30, and will largely take place in the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Lane closures are expected.

Here are the areas that will be affected:

  • Federal Highway from Bond Way south to Northeast Seventh Street
  • Northeast Seventh Street from Federal Highway east to Northeast Eighth Avenue
  • George Bush Boulevard from Federal Highway to Marina Delray
  • Palm Trail from Northeast Sixth Street to the south entrance of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School

Detour signs and flagmen will be redirecting traffic, according to FPL. Drivers are urged to use caution when traveling near the area.