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Traffic is about to get better in one part of Miami Beach

Juan Ramon Mestas (with scissors), deputy chief of operations for the Miami Beach Fire Department, jokingly plays with Mike Anchia, deputy chief of administration, right, at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly constructed West Avenue Bridge.
Juan Ramon Mestas (with scissors), deputy chief of operations for the Miami Beach Fire Department, jokingly plays with Mike Anchia, deputy chief of administration, right, at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly constructed West Avenue Bridge. cmguerrero@miamiherald.com

Moving around the west side of South Beach is getting a little easier with the opening of a new bridge across the Collins Canal.

On Thursday, Miami Beach officals cut the ribbon on the West Avenue Bridge that allows motorists, pedestrians and cyclists another route to move between the condo-lined southern stretch of West Avenue and the gentrifying Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Crews also made drainage improvements, including rebuilt seawalls, to Dade Boulevard between Bay Road and the Venetian Causeway, and a pedestrian bridge was built connecting Lincoln Court to Dade Boulevard.

Officials expect the main improvement to be on traffic flow.

“Traffic flow is about reducing friction and providing options,” said Eric Carpenter, assistant city manager and public works director. “This is the completion of a missing link in our transportation network that will provide additional options and help increase connectivity within the city.”

The total project cost about $9 million.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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