The Aventura City Commission on Tuesday authorized the city manager to change an existing road construction order and to provide the necessary allocation of funds for the order change.
Last summer, the city ordered installation of a concrete separator at the intersection of Northeast 185th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, in an effort to prevent drivers from making illegal U-turns. The cost of the project would have been $38,714.40.
But the construction was placed on hold so that Miami-Dade County traffic engineer consultants could suggest alternatives to relieve existing traffic congestion in that area.
The new construction order will now extend the southbound left-turn lane approach onto Biscayne Boulevard to allow more vehicles to pass through the intersection after the light turns green. The project price is increased to $195,993.20, which will be paid out of the city’s Transportation Street Maintenance Fund reserve. This reserve has a budget of $685,000 for the fiscal year.
Construction will begin this week, with the removal of an existing median and landscaping. While there will be periodic lane closures, the city will require that at least one lane of traffic flow in both directions at all times. City Manager Eric M. Soroka said the project is expected to be completed by the second week of April.
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