Coral Gables

Why driving on Miracle Mile is going to get rough

A rendering of the Miracle Mile streetscape project in Coral Gables.
A rendering of the Miracle Mile streetscape project in Coral Gables. City of Coral Gables

The Miracle Mile/Giralda Avenue streetscape project broke ground in April and now, after some work on Giralda Avenue, reconstruction work on the Mile will start next week.

The work, which had been postponed, will cause lane closures on one of the city’s main roads.

One eastbound lane, on the south side of the Mile, will be closed from Le Jeune Road to Douglas Road. The construction work will take place Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. One lane of traffic will reopen daily at 7 a.m., and drivers should look for traffic detour signage.

Work on the sidewalks and parking areas will be done Mondays through Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include paver installation, drainage, concrete, lighting, irrigation and landscape work. Pedestrians will still have access to the sidewalks during construction hours. The work will take place on Saturdays only when deemed necessary and the construction won’t cause any store closures.

A section of Giralda Avenue, from Ponce de Leon Boulevard to Galiano Street, will also be closed to vehicle traffic for roadway reconstruction work starting next week. That section of the street will still be open to pedestrians.

In April, work to replace a water main led to some closures on Giralda Avenue, but this will be some of the first significant work on the Miracle Mile portion of the streetscape project.

The $21 million project is expected to be completed by fall 2017. The project is set to add wider, walkable sidewalks, new trees, new streetlights and parallel parking on the Mile that will replace the current angled parking. It also will revamp Giralda Avenue’s restaurant row by catering to pedestrian traffic.

For more information on the lane closures, the construction time lines and the entire project, visit the streetscape website at gablesstreetscape.com.

“We constantly update the website, so if we’re going to be running behind, we let the residents and the merchants know. And if we’re ahead of schedule, we let them know, as well,” said Sandra Hodge, a spokeswoman for Stantec Consulting Services.

Note: This story was updated to correct the number of lanes that will be closed during construction.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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