If you feel like that the construction projects around our island paradise never end, that’s because….they never end.
The Belle Isle Residents Association meets on Tuesday. The agenda is packed with presentations that affect Belle Isle, Sunset Harbour and the other Venetian Islands. A sampling:
— A report from the city of Miami Beach on the construction timeline and design for the West Avenue bridge, which will extend West Avenue over the Collins Canal to connect Sunset Harbour with the area south of 17th Street.
— An overview of the upcoming reconstruction of West Avenue south to Fifth Street, including the plan to raise the roadway as much as three feet to combat flooding.
–An update on the closure and rebuilding of the westernmost span of the Venetian Causeway, which will disrupt traffic throughout the Venetian Islands
— A presentation from the organization that is fighting the proposed mega-marina project on Watson Island, which is expected to affect traffic on the MacArthur, Tuttle and Venetian causeways.
And that’s just a start. The meeting begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., and important information at 7 p.m. It happens in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Avenue.
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If you live on Belle Isle or the other Venetian Way islands, boat traffic on Biscayne Bay looks cool — but creates a heck of a lot of noise and traffic backups on the causeway.
And there will be more of it if the proposed shops, luxury hotels and mega yacht marina known as Flagstone is built at Watson Island.
The Urban Environment League of Greater Miami is holding a forum, Waterfront Gridlock, to tackle the issue Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Miami, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, 100 NE First Ave.
Panelists include Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco; lobbyist Brian May, representing developer Flagstone Island Gardens; Stephen E. Herbits of the Coalition Against Causeway Chaos; and Maurice Ferre, former Miami mayor, Miami-Dade commissioner and longtime Watson Island development advocate.
The forum will be moderated by Paul Schwiep, chair of the Miami-Dade Citizens Independent Transportation Trust and a UEL board member.
The roadwork on southbound Alton Road east of Sunset Harbour between Michigan Avenue and Dade Boulevard has backed up traffic on Alton for weeks.
It’s delayed traffic on Alton, shifted drivers to shortcut to Sunset Harbour via N. Bay Road, and generally been a mess.
But the Florida Department of Transportation says southound Alton is expected to reopen by the middle of next week (maybe Feb. 4…).
“Once reopened, two lanes of northbound and two lanes of southbound traffic will be restored in this area,” FDOT says. “Daytime lane closures may be used as needed while the contractor continues work.”
Work in the area includes water main, electrical, roadway and concrete construction.
Belle Isle Blog loves the Miami Marathon, and our team will be out cheering the runners and snapping photos before dawn to share with all of you.
But we also want to remind Belle Isle and Venetian residents that with the race comes a Sunday morning traffic shutdown that begins about 6 a.m. and lasts as late as 10 a.m. So if you are making plans for brunch — or you need to get off the Beach early — either plan to walk or work around the timeline.
Our best advice, as always, is plan to cheer the runners!
Adding to our traffic trauma this weekend: The flyover bridge from eastbound MacArthur Causeway to northbound Alton Road will be closed starting on Sunday night through through Thursday while the contractor performs a paving operation and conducts bridge work.
Most of us don’t travel this way, but if you do — or your visiting plan to come this way — warn them to avoid the problem.
The closing of the Venetian Causeway west bridge for reconstruction. Changing traffic patterns since the switch to SunPass. What’s next for Alton Road and West Avenue roadwork. Fixing the flooding in Sunset Harbour.
If any of those issues affect or interest you, mark your calendar for Feb. 10. That’s when the Belle isle Residents Association will hold its annual meeting,
Expect those topics and others to be discussed, with representatives from Miami Beach city government, the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County on hand to explain what Belle Isle residents can expect in the coming year.
The meeting starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Avenue.
If there is a topic you’d like to see discussed, email the association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call association president Scott Diffenderfer at 305-458-3334.
The website Miami.com is reporting that Lucky Strike, the hipster bowling/bar complex off 17th Street and Michigan, closed Tuesday because of a rent increase.
Speculation on a new tenant? Trader Joe’s. Now that would be a good new option to add to Publix-Fresh Market-Epicure for Venetian Causeway and Sunset Harbour foodies, right? More here: http://www.miami.com/lucky-strike-bowling-lanes-miami-beach-closes-trader-joe039s-moving-article
The city of Miami Beach is holding a public meeting Monday to share construction plans for West Avenue between Fifth and 17 streets.
Please don’t tell us you thought the completion of work on Alton Road would end the west side disruption on South Beach. Nope.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr. It will be in the city manager’s large conference room on the fourth floor.
City engineer Bruce Mowry is supposed to provide an overview of the West Avenue Neighborhood Improvement Project, which includes the elevation of streets and sidewalks and drainage initiatives to deal with flooding issues.