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Friday, January 09, 2015

More Grove street projects on the horizon

As the SW 27 Avenue work goes on, and on and on, there are many more road projects on the horizon. This year, projects including Main Highway/McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive will be a nuisance for drivers in Coconut Grove and when and if the 27th Avenue project is ever completed, Bird Avenue will be next in line for renovation. Please click on the images above or a much larger view.

It's questionable when you see so many projects. Are they needed or is this just another way to waste money and line pockets? Major cities have not done as much work as has been planned for the Grove. The quality of life is not going to be very pleasant around here for the next few years. 

Next in line, slated for a March or April 2015 start is the Main Highway/McFarlane Road Drainage Improvement plan.

According to the county, who is handling the job, root intrusion along underground pipe lines is an issue and the pipes themselves have surpassed their lifetime, which causes flooding along Main Highway in heavy rains. 

The project is estimated to be 9 months, which could of course end up being over a year or so. Hours of operation are 7 am to 7 pm, so rush hour at both times will be a mess.

A contractor has not been chosen as of yet. The streets affected include Main Highway from Royal Road to the entry tip of McFarlane Road, this will affect Royal Road, Franklin Avenue, Commodore Plaza, Fuller Street and McFarlane Road. The project is scheduled to broken up into six phases.

Before one phase moves to another, the previous phase should be completed or at least driveable and dust free.

Grand Avenue will be the main artery for motorists coming from the downtown Miami direction. Main Highway will be off limits for south bound traffic for the duration of the project. One lane will be open for north bound traffic.

Unfortunately, the SW 27th Avenue job is scheduled to be completed in June, which could overlap the two projects if the one starts on time and the other ends at the scheduled time and not earlier.

The cost of the project is $900,000. There will be a public meeting some time in February, we'll post it when the meeting is scheduled.

Those CitiBikes are going to come in a bit handy right about now.

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Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Good information. .. I agree that the amount of work being planned raises questions. Yes, there is a legitimate need for improvements, but it seems like there are deals being done under the table. .. In Miami, the citizens are not involved in the decision-making process. You vote and then you're done.

January 09, 2015 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.." if the 27th Avenue project is ever completed,"".

Rest assured it will. At this pace, in 2025, weather permitting.

January 09, 2015 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Tired Truth said...

Tom, there is an election coming up for the area. As rule, when an election is coming up the politicians want to ALWAYS remind us that they are busing "working for us" by doing road constructions.

Imagine all those oversized signs advertising the "improvement" all over the Grove advertising the name of the related politician.

In fact, you may notice that even after the work is DONE the sign is often LEFT BEHIND to continue the advertisement! These are the most expensive "legal" advertising political incumbents enjoy! ...at your expense.

January 09, 2015 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking at moving out of the Grove. What used to be quiet little streets with people walking dogs and pushing babies are now traffic ridden thanks to the construction. It makes me so angry.

January 10, 2015 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're lucky we're getting new roads and sewers. Has anyone driven around parts of Fountainebleu or North Miami or even the Beach? The roads are constantly flooding. With all the money pouring into the Grove, the city and county know that no one is going to buy condos or property or go shopping or visit if the place is located on bad and/or flooded streets.

January 11, 2015 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a stinking (different word came to mind but want to be respectful) mess literally. It's a nightmare already. They are trying to get everyone to move and shop/dine elsewhere. Obviously.

January 11, 2015 12:10 PM  

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