Miami Beach

West end of dilapidated Venetian Causeway likely to close June 1 for complete rebuild

Commuters make their way across the Venetian Causeway, which has portions of weak concrete patched by metal plates.
Commuters make their way across the Venetian Causeway, which has portions of weak concrete patched by metal plates. Miami Herald File, 2014

The dilapidated, patched stretch of the Venetian Causeway that connects the mainland to Biscayne Island will likely close to vehicular traffic for a major rebuilding on or around June 1.

Manuel Garcia, Miami-Dade County assistant director of construction and maintenance, told Miami Beach commissioners at a meeting Wednesday that the contractor is aiming for this date to start a nine-month project that will see the complete reconstruction of the westernmost part of the causeway.

Drivers will need to use other causeways to travel between Miami and the Beach during this time.

City Manager Jimmy Morales said he had confirmed with the U.S. Coast Guard that during construction, the drawbridge on the eastern side of the causeway will remain locked down and only raised for Coast Guard emergency vehicles in emergency situations. He added that Miami Beach would have no reason to need the bridge raised.

“For the record, none of our emergency vehicles require the raising of the bridge,” he said.

The contract for the $10 million project was recently awarded to Miami-based GLF Construction Corporation. According to the county, formal notices will be sent out to residents a minimum of two weeks before construction begins.

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