MacArthur Causeway prep for Port tunnel could start Monday

The Miami-Dade county group overseeing the Port of Miami tunnel project gave the go ahead Thursday for work to begin on the MacArthur Causeway in advance of tunnel construction, The Miami Herald is reporting.

Beach businesses are worried about it, as The Herald reports here, and Venetian Causeway residents are too.

The tunnel  is a $1.2 billion project that will provide a way for trucks carrying good from the port to drive under Government Cut to Watson Island and the causeway to interstates 395 and 95.

Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower complained earlier this month that work on the MacArthur will snarl traffic on the main route to South Beach. Residents on Belle Isle and other Venetian Causeway islands worry that backups on the MacArthur will shift cars to the Venetian, and add congestion to their quiet causeway.

At Thursday’s meeting, the Florida Department of Transportation said that preliminary work starts Monday.

According to The Herald:

Construction of a new frontage road on Watson Island — will begin Monday, but that
the work will not impact traffic on the MacArthur Causeway during the Memorial Day
weekend. Heavier road construction is to begin toward the end of summer, with construction of
new eastbound lanes that eventually will replace the existing causeway eastbound lanes so
the tunnel shaft can be built in the median of the MacArthur.

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