The reconstruction of the historic Venetian Causeway — with wider sidewalks, pink crosswalks, vintage light posts, better drainage and repaving — is eight months behind schedule, and counting.
If you live on the Venetian, you know the route between mainland Miami and Miami Beach has been an obstacle course of lane changes and uneven pavement. You’ve cringed as your car shuddered over uneven crosswalks and elevated manhole covers.
When Venetian homeowners met with the Miami-Dade Public Works officials in late May, the official word was that work would be done by late July, barring surprises and bad weather.
Now, the timetable is mid-September, Miami-Dade County says.
“Weather delays and unexpected conflicts have pushed the substantial completion of the project,” said Francisco Calderon, communications manager for the Miami-Dade Public Works and Waste Management Division.
There is some progress. Landscaping is being installed in some median areas (on Belle Isle, for instance), Calderon said.
“Additionally, some concrete islands and sidewalks are currently under construction, and streetlight activities (installation of conduit and pull boxes) are in progress.”
But there is a fairly substantial list of items to be completed in the next six weeks, the county says, including:
— The irrigation system for the landscaping.
— Final sidewalk and concrete island work.
— Removal of the tall, old metal street lights that are being replaced by the new (old-looking) lights.
— Final layers of asphalt and pavement marking and signs.
— Odds and ends.
Calderon said people should know that some of the ongoing work on Biscayne and San Marco islands in Miami is not being done by the county and is on a different timeline.
“The city of Miami is currently constructing a stormwater pump station and related piping on San Marco Island. Additionally, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is installing water piping and street lights on North Venetian Dr. in Biscayne Island.”