Venetian Way drawbridge has been on lockdown; it may stay that way most of 2016

You might not have noticed this, but even though Venetian Way has been open from Miami to Miami Beach since March 1,  the easternmost drawbridge — between Rivo Alto and and Belle Isle — has remained locked down.

Only the drawbridge between Biscayne Island abd Miami has been in operation. The eastern drawbridge closed in April 2015, due to a mechanical failure, and it hasn’t reopened with the rest of the toll road.

That’s meant a little less traffic disruption due to marine traffic for those of us who live on the Venetian.

But work on fixing the span is expected to start in June, Miami-Dade County says, assuming it gets a contractor in place. The job isn’t expected to be finished before the end of 2016.

According to the County: “Precluding any complications during the next step of the County’s procurement process, the County has begun securing a contractor projected to begin the rehabilitation in June 2016. Upon awarding the project, the contractor should complete the work within 180 days; however, the bridge will continue to be in the closed position to marine traffic intermittently until the contractor completes the project. As the major components of the bridge are installed and/or become operational, the contractor shall coordinate with all affected parties when closing or opening the bridge to vehicular/pedestrian and/or marine traffic.”  

5 responses to “Venetian Way drawbridge has been on lockdown; it may stay that way most of 2016

  1. Michael Peskoe

    New rules for the drawbridge on 63rd Street will prevent opening the bridge during the morning and evening rush hours, and then, like the Venetian, the bridge will only be permitted to open on the half hour (not sure if it is only Mon-Fri), with the same exceptions (tugs, emergency, barges, etc.) that apply to the Venetian spans. This same policy (no rush hour openings) should be applied to the Eastern span of the Venetian after it is fixed, as it is frustrating and unnecessary to have traffic stopped by both bridges during rush hours, as it truly delays traffic, and it is not uncommon. As the last year has shown, the city can live without the eastern span being a draw all, but it is a big convenience for many boaters when it is operable, and that should continue, within reason. (I don’t think we should argue to close both eastern and western spans during rush hour, as without being able to open at least one, Biscayne Bay would be completely blocked for several hours, except for emergency boats, etc., admittedly a bad idea.) Commissioner Mickey Steinberg was influential on the 63rd Street deal, we should get her behind a similar plan for the eastern Venetian span when it is repaired. It requires rulemaking by the Coast Guard to implement these changes, but if we start now, the rule might be effective by the time the eastern span is repaired.


    I suggest it stay permanently closed. When it works, it’s a long bridge that often creates a long line of waiting cars.

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  3. Karen Geronymo

    This article discusses the 63rd street bridge closing for traffic during morning and evening rush hours
    This change in rules seem to be an agreement struck between the Miami Beach commission and the Coast Guard.
    With draw bridges on each end and the increase in commuter traffic, as an alternative to gridlocked MacArthur and Tuttle causeways, this seems like a good idea to pursue before the bridge is back in use as a drawbridge .
    According to his emailed newsletter (March 29th) Commissioner Michael Grieco also seems to have been involved with the 63rd street bridge hour change.

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