There isn’t much that can surprise us in the way of road closures and detours, so just use this for road warrior planning for the upcoming week:
– The MacArthur Causeway will be closed overnight Tuesday and Wednesday eastbound starting at Biscayne Boulevard, as more signage and finishing touches go on the Port of Miami tunnel. FDOT says the closures will start a 10 p.m. both nights, but Belle Isle Blog bets Tuesday’s closure will be delayed an hour because the current schedule has the causeway closing to Miami Beach just as the Heat-Nets playoff game will be ending, and that seems like a big mistake.
– 17th Street closing at Alton Road. This is a big one, so get ready for it. On Sunday May 11, between 7:30 p.m. and midnight, 17th Street will be completely closed between Alton Road and Alton Court as reconstruction begins on the west side of the intersection.
– Meanwhile, in the midst of the Alton Road construction and the traffic spillover to West Avenue, our friends with the West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association are proud to report that FDOT has installed activated pedestrian crosswalks to make crossing that busy street safer. Hopefully, the blinking lights will help drivers understand that pedestrians have the right of way. Congrats!
The lane closures related to the Port of Miami Tunnel project continue tonight, although this one is a bit more distant to Miami Beach.
Drivers on Interstate 95 north who want to head east to Miami Beach won’t be able to get on the ramp to eastbound I-395 starting at 10 p.m. through 5:30 a.m.
Workers will be installing new sign structures and panels related to the tunnel.
Meanwhile, two key neighborhood meetings happen next week:
– The West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association (WAVNA) is hosting a town hall with State Rep. David Richardson at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The state Legislature begins its session on March 2, and this gathering, at Oliver’s Bistro (West Avenue and Ninth Street) will be a chance to get a preview on everything from the Alton Road construction project to gambling and the use of red light cameras. .
– The Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave. There will be a gathering with refreshments beforehand.
Things to know as we start another work week:
– Sunday night’s rain led the Florida Department of Transportation to delay the closure of the Alton Road flyover for a day. It closes tonight — weather permitting, we suppose. Detour plan is the same. We’d say enjoy it, but we wonder if that is possible….
– The Alton Road Reconstruction Coalition, the grassroots group pushing for a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly rebuild of Alton Road, is making headway. Due to thei group’s lobbying — and the efforts of state Rep. David Richardson and the West Avenue Neighborhood Corridor Association — FDOT has devised three alternative plans that will be discussed at Wednesday’s Miami Beach City Commission meeting. The options include wider sidewalks. The Miami Herald reported on it from last week’s WAVNA meeting.
– FDOT has restored on-street parking on the east side of Alton Road between 12th and 16th Street until construction resumes in that area. The area has been re-striped and placed in its original configuration, the city of Miami Beach say. On the west side of Alton, parking will be allowed intermittently as drainage tests are done.
Have a safe week.
The Miami Beach Planning Board is scheduled to consider a couple items important to West Avenue residents today:
– The proposed apartment and retail complex that includes the old South Shore Hospital building called 600 Alton Road;
– New rules governing that would ban new hotel uses on West Avenue and in the Palm View Neighborhood.
The West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association has pushed for the hotel restrictions, driven in large part by issues with the Mondrion Hotel, a luxury property at 1100 West Avenue, and the Bikini Hotel, a party-themed property between 12th and 13th streets and West.
The association is encouraging West Avenue residents to attend the hearing, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and has an online petition residents can access to show their support for the restrictions.
The proposal also addresses the Palm View neighborhood, located south of Dade Boulevard and north of 17th Street between Lenox Court and Meridian Avenue.
In the staff report of the proposal, Miami Beach planners said the Planning Board might want to consider some exceptions to an outright ban. Among them: conditional uses, limits on hours of operations for restaurants, prohibitions on outdoor uses.
WAVNA — the West Avenue Neighborhood Corridor Neighborhood Association — holds its March meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens with a host of issues on the agenda:
– An update on the long-awaited (and somewhat dreaded) Alton Road reconstruction project, which is scheduled to start Monday — April Fools Day.
– The status of the 600 Alton Road project, which would put retail, restaurants and a 440-unit apartment complete between West Avenue and Alton Road north of Fifth Street. The project includes the South Shore Hospital site.
– Efforts to combat neighborhood nuisances, including the Bikini Hostel, the party-themed youth hostel at 12th Street and West Avenue.
The Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr., is a cool venue, and the meeting kicks off with a little social. The association would appreciate an RSVP.