Work started last week on improvements to make the Julia Tuttle Causeway safer for bicyclists.
Back in March, the Florida Department of Transportation painted bike lanes on the shoulders of the Tuttle as part of an experiment with bike lanes on selected expressways.
Now FDOT is adding additional features, including bike lanes on entrance and exit ramps at Biscayne Boulevard in Miami and at Alton Road in Miami Beach.
This project will provide a continuous bicycle facility for riders along I-195/Julia
The project also will include a new railing along the existing barrier wall between the bridge and the water.
No wall or barrier separates the bike lanes from vehicle traffic.
Several electronic speed monitors and signs will be installed to alert drivers if they are going too fast.
FDOT says it will need to close lanes and create detours during certain hours of the day for construction.
The agency hired Halley Engineering Contractors to do the work at a cost of $784,750.
“This project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2013,” said Heather Leslie, construction public information specialist. “This could change because of weather or unforeseen circumstances.”
Jorge Garcia, 29, has been a cyclist since his early teens and often finds it challenging to find a good route for him and his group.
“This is pretty exciting news,” Garcia said. “For someone who bike rides and jogs as much as I do, it is good to know that the city is looking out for people like me and the members of the group I am a part of. This road is probably the nicest place for a runner or cyclist to pass through given how beautiful the view is.”