A wave of new road projects — a cascade of construction with attendant detours, road closures and delays — has begun in and around Miami Beach’s Belle Isle neighborhood.
It will last well into 2017, and will impact every path in and out of the Venetian Islands, according to a city of Miami Beach engineer who spoke recently at the annual Belle Isle Residents Association meeting. More 100 people attended the meeting, and they got an earful.
The projects include the rebuild and raising of West Avenue, the closure and replacement of the westernmost bridge on the Venetian Causeway, the construction of a new West Avenue bridge over the Collins Canal, and the rebuild and elevation of Dade Boulevard.
The projects address a range of ills: traffic flow, the flooding issues on Alton Road, West Avenue and in Sunset Harbour, and the replacement of old and failing underground utilities.