Miami Springs city leaders voted 5-0 Monday to authorize a contract with Clearwater-based Gator Dredging to address canal bank erosion problems from North Royal Poinciana Boulevard to Westward Drive.
The $500,000 contract will cover the first phase of the project. The city has identified three other phases or similar canal work totaling $1.5 million.
In December 2014, the city council approved an agreement with county and state officials to study erosion problems along a one-mile stretch of canal bank between Melrose and Esplanade drives that has adversely impacted area trees and roads.
“It was awarded to us during the last legislative session,” City Manager Ron Gorland said. “We have to go back to the legislature for the remaining 3 phases.”
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The funds come from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Water Restoration Assistance.
“Is there some money out there for guard rails?” said Councilwoman Rosie Buckner, who met privately with the city manager before the meeting to discuss public safety.
In 2008, Miami-Dade County added guard rails along North Royal Poinciana Blvd. to protect pedestrians and prevent cars from driving into the canal.
“We’ll get on it,” said Gorland, though he did not state where the city would seek additional funding to add safety guard rails.
Construction along the canal from North Royal Poinciana Boulevard to Westward Drive is expected to start next month. Officials did not give a project completion date.