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Monday, December 22, 2014

Turning into a long-term headache

As I jogged down South Bayshore Drive this morning, I noticed that the road is not that bad. Since the city is going to do a major overhaul, it probably will be a mess for a long time.

I think that we should have three Grove residents to be part of the planning and oversight of the project. The residents should have some input in order to scale down the project. The city can't handle it without going overboard and turning it into a long-term headache.

I will admit that 27 Ave was in much worse condition than Bayshore Drive, therefore the complete upgrade was needed. Right now, Bayshore works quite well for everybody, most of the time. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The S. Bayshore project is long over due and is expected to address multiple issues including: drainage/flooding, sidewalks/safe pedestrian passage, and traffic. There is no arguing with the inconvenience and likely drawn out time frame especially considering the history with 27th Ave but it is necessary and will be an improvement in the long term.

December 22, 2014 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All these upgrades are vital for the new massive mall we are getting on the water and the posibility of a new box store in the plans aswell.im so gratefull for all the progress.lets be thankfull and not mad at everything.

December 22, 2014 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Madeline Kraskin said...

I think it doesn't work very well for bicyclists and pedestrians, and this project should make it a lot safer.

December 22, 2014 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As I jogged down South Bayshore Drive this morning, I noticed that the road is not that bad"

Well, this guy is certainly no accomplished long-distance runner.. Sure, if you "jog" the 2.5 miles down S. Bayshore to the toll plaza, you'll make it in one piece, especially now with all the car traffic. But it's certainly no runner's smooth paradise, especially around the 17AV juggernaut.

The place is a mess, no doubt. But honestly one would hope they'd leave it alone. If they take anywhere near the time they've taken to destroy 27AV, our grand children might be the ones enjoying any improvements they come up with.

Might as well leave it alone, the sports community including real runners and cyclists would much rather continue to take our chances, than endure another decade of endless construction. Wish they'd never touched 27AV, and now Bird.. what an endless nightmare that continues to be, year after year, after year, after year, after year, and that's just a couple of short blocks..

December 22, 2014 3:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Dloogoff said...

There is a long term planning committee on the Bayshore project.

Talk to Javier at Coconut Grove Village Council. He has all the informaton about the committee.

Steve Dloogoff

December 22, 2014 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God forbid the roads be fixed to accommodate runners and bikers. For someone who wants the Grove to be back to it's "Glory Days" you are very against anything and everything that will make it more pleasant. Like being able to run without fear of being hit by a car, or twisting your ankle in a pot hole (which happened to me twice on 27th before the road work)

December 22, 2014 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The point is that such "road improvements" take forever. 2 blocks on 27th Av, still destroyed, after what 5 years of construction?

Extrapolate that to the entire S. Bayshore Dr., a much longer, more complicated project.

As an avid runner and cyclist, I'd rather continue to twist ankles and risk being run-over than endure the never-ending mess. That's the point. Heck, leave it as it is. Or figure out a way of doing SMALL sections quickly, which of course won't happen for 2 simple reasons:

1/ Incompetence of our elected officials and their elected contractors.

2/ 'Tasty side dishes', shall we call them? You know, succulent RPS', endless mis-planning, destruction, construction, re-destruction, re-planning, re-construction, a bit more re-destruction, change a few contractors, again, more delicious RFP's and revised multi-million contracts, final touches. All during an entire juicy Decade of noise, hellish traffic and annoyance per few blocks of "improvements". That's when everyone involved is happy.

December 23, 2014 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:31 understands the point of the letter - If the City would just "figure out a way of doing SMALL sections quickly" then that would be a huge benefit to the residents.

Anon:3:00 might or might not consider finishing the ING Marathon five times to be an "accomplished long distance runner".

December 26, 2014 5:46 AM  

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