Venetian drawbridge construction starts soon, and here’s how to learn more about it

With the newest road construction obstacle course underway off Sunset Harbor in preparation for the West Avenue Bridge, another major traffic inconvenience is about to begin.

This one will no doubt be more disruptive. As we’ve reported before, Miami-Dade County has to do major work on the eastern Venetian Way drawbridge span, the one between Rivo Alto and Belle Isle.

The drawbridge has been locked in the closed position since April 2015, due to a mechanical failure.

Some work is expected to start next month, but the biggest issue — the closure of the bridge to all foot, bike and auto traffic — may not happen until November. At one point, the county had said the bridge would be closed to all traffic for a 45-day period.

That’s a huge headache, no matter how you look at it. Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco has told the Venetian Island Homeowner Association he’s investigating engaging a water taxi to ferry people across the gap, but it’s unclear how consistent the demand would be.

How bad will it be? What will be the precise timing?

Miami-Dade has scheduled a community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the community room at 1000 Venetian Way on Biscayne Island. It will be hosted by the Venetian Way Neighborhood Association, in collaboration with the Belle Isle Residents Association and the Venetian Isles Homeowner Association.

Residents are encouraged to attend.

4 responses to “Venetian drawbridge construction starts soon, and here’s how to learn more about it

  1. Close the eastern Venetian bridge permanently. Clogs traffic each time it opens while having it closed keeps cars moving better.

    There is no necessity to fix it.

  2. Thanks for the update, and for all information Belle Isle Blog sends out.Do you know the implications of the proposed “Belle Isle Overlay District” (The Standard site), to be heard at the Planning Board August 23? Thanks,John Guffey3 Island, 10L / 14K305 673-2308

    Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:34:02 +0000 To: johnaguffey@hotmail.com

  3. Michael Peskoe

    Will it be more disruptive to Belle Isle residents than last year’s closing of the western span? Doesn’t seem so, what am I missing?

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