Work on Miami Avenue bridge set to begin Monday


Construction on the Miami Avenue bridge is scheduled to be completed by March 2015.

Drivers planning to cross the Miami Avenue bridge Monday morning should think again before leaving their driveways.

Bridge construction on northbound lanes will cause commuters to be detoured, according to the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department.

“By 6 a.m. expect the road closure to begin,” said Gayle Love, a department spokesman.

Workers will be repairing concrete sidewalk joints, installing new marine navigation lighting and replacing electrical components, among other things, Love said.

Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project will consist of two phases and is expected to be completed by March 2015.

Here’s what will happen in the first phase:

The northbound side of the bridge will be closed. Motorists will follow the detour signs that will take them east on Southeast Eight Street over to Brickell Avenue, then north onto Biscayne Boulevard Way.

From there, motorists will continue north on to Biscayne Boulevard, then turn left into Southeast Second Street heading west. Then they will head north on South Miami Avenue.

For the second phase, the southbound of the bridge will be closed. Southbound traffic will be detoured at Southwest Second and Third Street going west to Southwest Second Avenue. Motorists will continue south to Southwest Seventh and Eight Street going east onto South Miami Avenue.

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