Venetian opens today at noon; ribbon cutting festivities, celebration run, ride delay driver high-fives

Yes, the Venetian Causeway reopens today after a nine-month rebuild of its westernmost bridge, and if the closed crossing to the mainland has mucked up you commute, that’s good news.

You might want to plan your first trip, though. The celebrations around the reopening may slow traffic.

There’s a ceremony (and ribbon cutting) at 11 a.m. The bridge is expected to be open to traffic around noon.  (Originally, the county said festivities would start at 10 a.m., but hey, we have been waiting this long, right?)

Then, starting at 6 p.m., several South Florida running organizations have encouraged their members to participate in a “United Venetian Run” run. The idea is for groups to run from the Lulemon store on Lincoln Road on Miami Beach and from the Omni Metromover station near the Adrienne Arscht Center and meet for a group photo at the Venetian toll booth on Biscayne Island.

The Miami Beach group is to start running at 6 p.m.; the Miami group at 6:30 p.m. Organizers are from local run clubs and the Miami Marathon, which features the Venetian in its event, but had to route around it last month. They expect about 400 runners.

Cyclists are celebrating, too. More than 600 people have RSVPed for an event that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Miami Bike Shop (18th and Biscayne), crossing the Venetian and ends around 7 p.m. for a happy hour. in downtown

So…..maybe Tuesday, we return to the causeway to head home at rush hour.

 

3 responses to “Venetian opens today at noon; ribbon cutting festivities, celebration run, ride delay driver high-fives

  1. Rick,

    Thanks for all your great reporting on stuff affecting all our Venetian Islands.

    One suggestion: could you start using the correct name of the road uniting the Islands, the name on all the maps since its inception, except the historical designation which used the popular name (Venetian Causeway) instead of the real name: VENETIAN WAY.

    We will be working on the rebranding of Venetian Way because there is substantial evidence that the County and the public are ready to see Venetian Way as a special road for pedestrians, bikers, tourists and visitors to see the sights of Miami/Miami Beach and enjoy a quiet neighborhood, not as a transport corridor between the beach and the mainland. Thanks…

    Jack Hartog

    President, Venetian Way Neighborhood Alliance (VWNA)

    (305) 951-9172

    • Certainly, and noted. The road itself is called Venetian Way. The entire path from Miami to Miami Beach — at least according to Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Transportation — is still the Venetian Causeway. Rebranding may take some time.

  2. Michael Peskoe

    Is there any info regarding the eastern drawbridge? That seems to still be in locked down position.

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