Miami-Dade County says the rebuilt westernmost span of the Venetian Causeway could be back in business on leap day, Feb. 29.
That’s good news for most Venetian Island residents, who have been forced to use either the McArthur or Tuttle causeways for what used to be a quick trip downtown.
But, it will mean more traffic returning to Venetian Way, which has been a quiet paradise for walkers, runners and bicyclists since the causeway closed to mainland traffic on June 1.
As Venetian Way Neighborhoow Alliance president Jack Hartog wrote to members: “How did you all feel living on a very long dead end street since last June when the west bridge closed for repairs?”
We’re all bracing for the months of inconvenience that start Monday when the westernmost span on Venetian Way closes for reconstruction.
But we heard some decent news today from the Florida Department of Transportation: They plan to partially open the 17th Street bridge on Monday, so Venetian Isle residents can turn right on to West Avenue as we make our way south to the MacArthur Causeway.
According to FDOT spokeswoman Heather Leslie, “one eastbound and one westbound lane will reopen on 17 Street between Dade Boulevard and West Avenue.
“The contractor will continue underground drainage, water main and sanitary sewer operations within the existing work zone on West Avenue between Lincoln Road and 17 Street. 17 between Alton Court and West Avenue will be closed for all pedestrian traffic.”
The Venetian closure is expected to last about nine months.
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.
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.
How will we get off our islands when construction causes the closure of the westernmost span of Venetian Way, between Biscayne Island and mainland Miami?
Some members of the Venetian Islands Homeowner Association are actively lobbying the keep the easternmost drawbridge locked down during that time, which will begin some time in the fall.
The Miami Herald’s Cristina Veiga has a detailed look at issues.
Florida Department of Transportation officials held their advertising first meeting on the future of the Venetian Causeway on Wednesday night.
Among the requests — changing the name of the residential link between mainland Miami and Miami Beach from “causeway” to Venetian Way.
Here’s the coverage from the Herald.
We’ve resigned ourselves to the closure of the westernmost Venetian Causeway bridge, expected to begin around September or October so the segment can be rebuilt.
Miami-Dade County last month approved spending $10 million on that project, which they say will take six to nine months. And we know engineering reports say the other Venetian bridges at minimum need repairs, some more significant than others.
We could learn more next week, when the Florida Department of Transportation holds an informational meeting on its Venetian Causeway project development and environmental study.
According to the FDOT press release, “the meeting will provide an introduction to the project and present information regarding the existing conditions and the schedule for the study.”
The meeting happens Wednesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 2 St., near the Bass Museum.
There is an FDOT website on the project.