Venetian Causeway residents brace for tunnel, road projects; meeting planned to organize response

The Port of Miami tunnel will take trucks from the port (bottom) under Government Cut to Watson Island and the MacArthur Causeway.

The head of the Venetian Causeway Neighborhood Alliance has announced a meeting of all causeway neighborhood and homeowner groups to discuss the impact of the county’s causeway streetscape project, a similar project planned by Miami Beach and the Port of Miami tunnel construction.

All three projects promise impact on on Venetian causeway traffic, and all start in the coming days and months.

The meeting happens Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr.

Here is the call to action from Jack Hartog, president of the islands neighborhood alliance:

IMPORTANT TUNNEL PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETING, JUNE 17, THURSDAY, 7 PM TO 9 PM, MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

This summer is a time for renewed focus on our Venetian Islands Community. All the Venetian Island neighborhood/homeowner groups are coming together to discuss three planned projects about to be implemented virtually simultaneously, which are bound to affect our neighborhood:

· The Port Tunnel $1 Billion project to reroute Port commercial traffic over Interstate 395 (the MacArthur Causeway) will disrupt traffic on that roadway, with likely diversions coming to Venetian Way;
· The Miami-Dade County Venetian Causeway Streetscape Project, now scheduled to start this Fall, will periodically close lanes during its one year duration;
· Miami Beach’s owns Streetscape Project, for San Marino, Dilido and Rivo Islands, will affect at least the tie in to the side streets on those islands.

COME TO OUR TUNNEL PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETING, JUNE 17, THURSDAY, 7 PM TO 9 PM, MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. We have invited relevant governmental leaders and contractors to attend this scheduled community meeting.

Todd Davis, a VCNA and VIHA Board member, has succinctly phrased our concerns as follows;

Construction on The Tunnel Project, [MDC] Causeway Streetscape Project and the MB Streetscape Project will have a huge impact on the Venetian [Islands]. The Venetian Causeway (Venetian Way) is a pedestrian and bike friendly neighborhood of homes and with many young children. During construction, we need to maintain the safety of residents, pedestrians and bike riders. We should not let any of the authorities see the Venetian Way as a convenient road to quickly move massive number of trucks and cars between Miami and Miami Beach. There is no other place like Venetian Way for walkers, joggers, bike riders, etc…..

Our goal is to have the authorities view Venetian Way as an historic treasure that attracts pedestrians and bike riders, not a major freeway. [Our agenda will include:]
1. Traffic planning
2. Security planning
3. Hardship planning
4. Weight restrictions and enforcement
5. Speeding enforcement
6. No fishing enforcement (this is a particular problem on the Miami side of the Causeway)
7. Bridge schedules during construction (will normal rules apply?)
8. Tolls-they need to be raised to support the increased maintenance that will be required once the Causeway Streetscape project is complete

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Jack Hartog, President
Venetian Causeway Neighborhood Alliance

3 responses to “Venetian Causeway residents brace for tunnel, road projects; meeting planned to organize response

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