Bus service from Belle Isle to South Beach was restored Friday night after the Florida Department of Transportation increased the weight allowed on the easternmost end of the Venetian Causeway.
As of 6 p.m. Friday, the South Beach Local bus route (Route 123) is stopping at Belle Isle again. Miami-Dade Transit had temporarily suspended bus service to the island when weight restrictions were placed on the Venetian Causeway in April after significant structural problems were found on the western stretch of the 87-year-old bridge.
After a piece of the bridge fell and opened up a hole in March, it was determined the westernmost portion of the causeway need some serious repairs. In the coming months, this part of the bridge will be closed for construction, which could take as many as nine months, according to the county.
The suspension of the Belle Isle route made it more difficult for residents who can’t drive to get to Sunset Harbour, Collins Park, South Beach running along Washington Avenue, Alton Road and West Avenue. Many residents depend on public transportation to do their shopping in Miami Beach.