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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It's a traffic nightmare near downtown West Palm Beach.

Monday construction began on Okeechobee Boulevard prompting road closures and a major headache for thousands of drivers heading into work. And the worst part, this project will be going on for quite some time.

Okeechobee Boulevard from Australian Avenue to Tamarind Avenue is scheduled to be completely shut down for the next month.

Crews are working on the railway crossing, as well as adjusting the lanes to improve traffic flow.

Project coordinators have several detours set up. They suggest taking Palm Beach Lakes or Belvedere.

County engineers say they did receive some concerns Monday from people wondering why this construction can't be done over night. Officials say the type of work involved in the railway crossing project just couldn't logistically be done in the over night hours.

So they picked a time not during school or any downtown events to close down Okeechobee.

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