Island Avenue closed at east Causeway intersection

After the piping was damaged on Saturday, police had it disconnected and removed from the roadway.

Tuesday morning, Miami Beach shut down Island Avenue where it meets Venetian Way in front of the Grand Venetian condo on Belle Isle.

The road was closed to protect large water hoses that crossed Island Avenue while workers on the island drainage project pumped Bay water up from the roadside dig along the Venetian Causeway.

Cars leaving and entering the south side of Belle Isle could only come and go from the west entrance to Island Avenue, in front of 3 Island Ave. The north end was blocked by 7 a.m., and remained closed to traffic throughout the day.

The corner has been extremely flood-prone, particularly since the Belle Isle Park renovations, and the city of Miami Beach took action again an engineering contractor that had been in charge of improving drainage. The work in progress started Oct. 25. Until last weekend, flat steel drainage pipes crossed the intersection, but on Sunday one section of the pipes was disconnected and Miami Beach police can and removed it.

The work comes at the same time water main construction is causing regular detours on San Marino Island. Major work is also taking place on the MacArthur Causeway and begins Monday on the expressway leading to the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

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