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Officials planning upgrades to Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove

The city of Miami hopes to improve safety and reduce flooding on South Bayshore Drive from Mercy Way to around Aviation Avenue with a reconstruction of the roadway.

City and county officials met with residents and business owners at Miami City Hall Monday evening to discuss the future of the road, which connects Coconut Grove to the Roads neighborhood and Brickell.

Constructing bike paths, building more sidewalks and improving drainage are some of the main concerns of the project. Other topics covered were widening roadways, fixing the asphalt condition and improving signalization and crosswalks.

Marc Spanioli, director of the city’s Capital Improvements Program, presented the proposed changes, saying they will promote better safety for cyclists and pedestrians who use the route.

“Right now motorists, bicyclists and runners all compete for the same section of the street,” Spanioli said.

County officials were the first to recommend reconstruction due to concerns about flooding.

“You know when the county gives the city money, there is something that they are concerned about,” said City Comissioner Marc Sarnoff.

Areas prone to flooding that will be addressed include the front of Kennedy Park.

“We know that it floods and it floods pretty badly,” Sarnoff said.

In addition, the reconstruction will fix an undersized water main.

Officials have not determined the projected cost or time line.

Monday’s meeting was intended to be the first in a series to give residents a chance to participate in the planning process by offering input.

Many cyclists attended the meeting and were vocal about the need for safety improvements.

“It is terrifying riding,” said Shannon Roque, a Coconut Grove cycling enthusiast. “There are a ton of potholes, and cyclists have the right of way, but not all drivers are aware of that.”

Another public meeting will be held next month to discuss more recommendations for the roadway. By then, city officials hope to have more details regarding the schedule of the project.

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