Community Gate Closure Could Add Hundreds Of Cars, Trucks To Congested Lyons Road For First Day Of School
UPDATE: 12:55pm SUNDAY: GL Homes has decided to delay the gate closure until 10 a.m. on Monday.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — School starts Monday morning throughout Palm Beach County, and for drivers utilizing Lyons Road between Atlantic, Clint Moore and Yamato, the potential exists for extreme traffic havoc.
GL Homes has inexplicably decided to close the 441 entrance gate to its “Seven Bridges” community on the first two days of school for a paving project, a move that will potentially push hundreds of drivers — and construction apparatus — to Lyons Road which is already clogged due to massive lane reconfiguration just north of Clint Moore.
Ironically, the ongoing Lyons Road lane reconfiguration is to support GL’s Boca Bridges and Lotus communities which also remain under construction.
With the summer officially over, parents taking children to and from Whispering Pines Elementary, Divine Savior, Sunrise Park Elementary, Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights High School will return to Lyons.
Drivers on Lyons Road have already complained to local authorities about extensive waits both north and southbound on Lyons near Clint Moore — where road crews tend to stage. Traffic many mornings is backed up southbound on Lyons from Mizner Country Club to Clint Moore Road. Northbound delays often reach from Clint Moore to Yamato Road. While vehicles will be permitted to exit Seven Bridges and Boca Bridges at 441, they will not be able to enter, forcing these vehicles to Lyons Road. The closure will push all Seven Bridges and Boca Bridges construction traffic — including semis, flatbeds and slow moving construction trucks — to Lyons Road.
Police have routinely been on Lyons Road in an effort to move traffic along, but the existing road construction leaves few options for Deputies and drivers. The addition of construction traffic that had been utilizing 441 will likely make it worse.
A GL Homes representative was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if GL Homes had sought — or received — permission from Palm Beach County Emergency Management to close the gate which could slow — or hamper — rescue operations in the area due to increased traffic volume.
Palm Beach County traditionally needs to be notified in advance so emergency responders aren’t routed into known congestion.
It was also unclear if the Palm Beach County School District had been alerted to the potential delays its school busses that service the area may encounter.