| Palm Beach Daily News
The town has closed a flood-prone stretch of the Lake Trail near Seminole Avenue so it can install drainage and elevate the path by about a foot.
The trail is popular with pedestrians and bicyclists who enjoy its sweeping views of the Lake Worth Lagoon, but in recent years it has been hit by more frequent flooding, especially during spring or King Tides.
The 250-foot flood-prone stretch of the trail, from Seminole Avenue to Everglade Avenue, was closed on Wednesday for the work, which the town said should take six weeks to complete.
Rudy Polselli, operations manager with town contractor Heavy Civil, said the section of the trail where work will occur has no drainage infrastructure, and needs to be raised by about a foot.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will have to detour during the construction.
Anyone heading south on the trail toward Seminole Avenue will be diverted east at Everglade Avenue to the sidewalk, south to Park Avenue and then back to Lake Trail.
Those heading north on the trail toward Seminole Avenue will be diverted east at Park Avenue to the sidewalk, north to Everglade Avenue and then back to Lake Trail.
Town Consultant Woods Hole Group of Massachusetts has performed a coastal vulnerability assessment that examines areas where town infrastructure is most at risk for flood damage along both the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth Lagoon coasts.
Woods Hole is developing a “Coastal Resilience Implementation Plan,” which is expected to be ready for the Town Council to consider in early 2021, Coastal Program Manager Rob Weber said.
As a low-lying barrier island, Palm Beach must be mindful of flooding on both its east and west shores. The greatest risk of flood damage is on the lake side, and the most serious threat is that of a storm surge during high tide, Public Works Director Paul Brazil has said.
“The purpose of the vulnerability assessment was to identify town infrastructure that has a flooding risk due to future storm surge impacts from tropical storms or hurricanes including projected rising sea levels,” Brazil said.
Questions about the Lake Trail closure and construction should be directed to Polselli at 561-373-2995 or Tony Espisito, of Heavy Civil, at 772-577-0810 or to Michael Roach with the Town of Palm Beach Public Works at 561-838-5440.