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MacArthur closures planned again tonight

There will be more eastbound lane closures on the MacArthur Causeway tonight as part of the Port Tunnet construction. Most of the work will involve installing signage for the tunnel

On Thursday, the closures are expected on the I-395/MacArthur Causeway bridge starting at 10 p.m.. The entire eastbound bridge is expected to be closed between 1 a.m. and last until 5 a.m.

The FLorida Department of Transportation is telling drivers heading to the beach to exit at Biscayne Boulevard, head north to I-195 (the Julia Tuttle Causeway) and then go east, but inevitably, some will add to the overnight traffic on Venetian Causeway.


Drainage work starting in Sunset Harbour, will last six months

Flooding on 20th Street inSunset Harbour.

Flooding on 20th Street in Sunset Harbour.

We all know that Sunset Harbour floods with almost every rain and full moon-high tide combination. It’s no secret our neighboring hotspot needs improved drainage.

So this is good news, sort of. Starting this week, work begins on a drainage improvement project in Sunset Harbour.

But traffic is likely to go from bad to worse during the Sunset Harbour flooding work  construction phase. The area of impact includes almost the entire neighborhood, and construction is supposed to last (gulp!) six months.

The stretch on 20th Street in front of the Pubbelly restaurants, Publix and JugoFresh/Footworks is already a mess because of backups from the Alton Road work. Expect it to get worse.

According to the city, all existing pump stations in the area will be upgraded:

–There will be construction at the corner of Purdy Avenue and Dade Boulevard/17th Street to replace existing pumps and hardware (and yes, it appears the city had already been working on this).

–Existing pumps and equipment also will be replaced at Sunset Harbour Marina across from the Sardinia/PB Steak corner at 18th and Purdy.

–All along 20th Street, construction crews will replace a pumping station and add new drainage wells. In addition, a new sewer system will be constructed and connected.

Lane closures will happen between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, in phases.

Brace yourself — and remember the flooding in Belle Isle that finally got fixed after years of construction. In end, it was worth it.

Venetian Causeway water main work begins Monday

Venetian Islands_010214_Water Line Work Begins FINAL watermainThe contractor on the Venetian islands right of way project begins work on Monday, Jan. 6, on new water lines on San Marino Islands, and the work will last three weeks.

There will be roadway closings and detours during the construction, as well as some parking restrictions in the immediate construction areas. For San Marino residents, there will be parking restrictions during construction times, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the city asks that residents put a contact number on their car dashboard to avoid being towed.

According to Lauren Firtel, the city spokesperson for the work, there should not be any water service disruptions during this phase of the construction work.

More Dade Boulevard snags today, but break for July 4

The Alton Road-Dade Boulevard construction maze gets a new little twist today, and today only: FPL will be working on traffic signals at Dade and Meridian, a key pressure point in the detour around the Alton Road work.

Traffic lights will be out from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m., and police will be directing traffic at the intersection. Good thing this is a holiday week.

Speaking of which, there will be no active construction on Independence Day, the city reports. Of course, northbound Alton Road is still barricaded from 17th Street to Michigan Avenuem but you knew that……

Another Alton Road lane closure coming — heading south

Okay, you already know you can’t go north on Alton Road from 17th Street to Michigan.

For Tuesday, at least, one southbound lane on Alton Road will be closed between Dade Boulevard and 19th Street. In a press release, the city of Miami Beach says at least one southbound lane will stay open.


The closure is for water main repairs. The closed lanes are supposed to reopen by Wednesday.

Alton Road construction to add northbound detour at 17th Street

The two-year-plus Alton Road reconstruction project, which began April 1 between 17th Street and Michigan Avenue, gets a little more inconvenient next week.

Alton roadwork during spring 1013.

Alton roadwork during spring 1013.

Northbound traffic on Alton Road will be detoured at 17 Street east to Meridian Avenue, north to Dade Boulevard and then north on Michigan Avenue before continuing north on Alton.

Southbound traffic on Alton between Michigan and Dade Boulevard will remain open, although one southbound lane may be closed daily, and left turns may be restricted.

The northbound detour is expected to last through September 2013.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, which is running the project, the detour will enable the contractor to begin excavating the roadway to prepare for the new water main installation.

Alton Road construction begins Monday at Belle Isle’s doorstep

FDOT map shows construction schedule.

FDOT map shows construction schedule.

The long-awaited Alton Road construction project — a $32 million, 28-month effort to reconstruct the key west Miami Beach roadway from Fifth Street to Michigan Avenue — kicks off on Monday.

And the first area where roadwork will happen is the northern section of the project, from Dade Boulevard north to Michigan, according to the construction schedule.

Next week, the Florida Department of Transportation will set up equipment and material and begin removing palms, landscaping and curbing. They may close one northbound or southbound lane.

By the week of April 8,work crews will begin excavating the roadway, installing the new water main and setting up temporary street lighting. One southbound lane may be closed and the southbound left turn lane on Alton Road at Dade Boulevard will be converted to a through travel lane. By the end of April, the excavation work will extend south to 17th Street

Meanwhile, the first work on the south part of the project will involve checking for underground lines on Fifth, 10th and 14th streets in preparation for drainage work. Lanes may be closed between Alton and West Avenue and West and Bay Road.

Ah, the fun begins.


Christmas present on Belle Isle: 9 Island pool reopens!

The pool and deck at 9 Island Avenue finally open.

The pool and deck at 9 Island Avenue finally open.

After 19 months of construction, the pool and deck at 9 Island Avenue reopened on Christmas Day.

A gorgeous day at the pool.

A gorgeous day at the pool.

Surrounded by brand new white patio lounges and chairs, with blue cushions, the sparkling water was a huge hit with residents, who began gathering poolside after 9 a.m.

The pool closed in May 2011 for a massive deck and parking garage construction project. There’s still some work to be done — the pool landscaping isn’t finished, nor is is all the work on the two garage levels — what’s complete looks great.

Venetian Causeway completion timetable slides to October

Five weeks ago, we reported that Miami-Dade County hoped to finish the Venetian Causeway construction project by mid-September.

The county now says the likely completion date is late October.

Why more delay in a project already nine months behind schedule?

Tropical Storm (and later hurricane) Isaac brought work to a halt. There were more suprises with underground utilities. We’ll let Miami-Dade spokeswoman Gayle Love give details:

“The Contractor has experienced further weather-related delays, as well as delays caused by the installation of the outfalls on Rivo Alto and San Marco, where unforeseen conflicts found during excavation led to the redesign of the configuration for the outfalls.  Additional delays were experienced during coordination with the City of Miami Beach for the connection of the irrigation meters to the water distribution lines in Belle Island, Rivo Alto, Di Lido and San Marino.”

Remember that workers spent days clearing equipment and debris just before Isaac moved through. Then Miami Beach Public Works had to deal with the water main break on Belle Isle on Venetian Way just west of Island Avenue.

Of course, once the main causeway work is done, construction will continue on the individual islands. And the city of Miami is building a storm-water pump stations and piping on San Marco Island, and Miami-Dade Water and Sewer is installing water mains on Biscayne Island.

Seems like it never ends.

More Dade Boulevard closures for Collins Canal bikeway construction

A reminder: Construction of the bikeway and running path along the Collins Canal on Dade Boulevard will make running and riding safer from Belle Isle all the way to the beach.

Think about that as you navigate around the short-term inconvenience of road closures and lane shifts on Dade Boulevard.

The activity today involves shifting eastbound and westbound lanes on Dade between Michigan and Meridian avenues to the north, leaving one lane in each direction.  This is the area between the Dade Boulevard Publix (the old Publix) and Miami Beach High School.

Crews will be working on the Collins Avenue seawall. The regular traffic pattern should be restored on Friday. Eastbound detours at the 17th Street/Dade Boulevard bridge (Between the split and Alton Road) continue.