We know that the westernmost bridge span on Venetian Way will be torn down and rebuilt starting next month, closing off the most convenient connection between the Venetian islands and Miami for the next year.
Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation is working on plans to rehab the other bridges connecting the islands on Venetian Way. The process has been underway for a year, and there is an important public meeting on May 13 at which FDOT will reveal different alternatives for the reconstruction.
Note, that is one of TWO important meetings on how the Venetian Causeway bridge work will impact Venetian island residents.
— The first is Wednesday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22 St. At this meeting, the Miami-Dade County Public Works & Waste Management Department will provide information related to the rehabilitation of the westernmost bridge.
— The second happens a week later, Wednesday May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. At this meeting, FDOT will discuss potential alternatives such as replacement or rehabilitation to deal with structural and functional issues on the 12 existing bridges (ten fixed spans and two drawbridges).
An important issue underlying these discussions: Should the bridges be repaired or should some of them be replaced. If they are replaced, will the features of the historic design be preserved and to what degree?
The process began in April 2014, and there are many steps before final decisions are made. This is an important opportunity for community input.