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Friday, May 23, 2014

Meeting planned to discuss more street renovations

Construction on Coconut Grove streets seems like it's never going to end, a very large project is going to be started soon on South Bayshore Drive. 

There is a public meeting to discuss the upcoming work on South Bayshore Drive. The streets is going to be widened and reconstructed with drainage improvements, traffic signalization and bike lanes will be added along with landscape improvements. The project will extend from Mercy Way to Aviation Avenue.

The meeting is at City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive) at 6 pm on Monday, June 9.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

They must wait until Tigertail / 27 Ave finished. They are trying to kill the people that live here with traffic?

May 23, 2014 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think they care? Do you remember the City of Miami "Believe" Campaign?

May 23, 2014 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4.25: "They are trying to kill the people that live here with traffic". Relax commenter, people are not dying. The improvements taking place in the Grove are being done professionally & traffic isn't all that bad and I know since I've lived here since 1965. Stay off your cell phone, stop at all stop signs and respect the bicyclist and ladies pushing baby carriages and you'll be just fine. Jobie Steppe

May 23, 2014 7:22 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

That stretch of Bayshore absolutely needs attention. I see good things ahead for the Grove. I must say that the demolition of the Grove Bank and Exhibition Center are two heavy blows in the nostalgic sense, but that's the way it goes. ... I'm happy to say that after a year of trying S. Miami as a residence, I am comfortably back in my familiar 33133.

May 23, 2014 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heavier traffic volumes = slower traffic movements = safer traffic?

May 24, 2014 8:20 AM  
Blogger Sledge said...

True, South Bayshore really needs to be fixed, especially if you consider the number of runners and cyclists out here every day. The pavement is a real mess, no sidewalks, no bike lanes, drainage, etc. No wonder Miami just got voted again one of the 4 deadliest cities in the USA for pedestrians and cyclists.

This has been a project on the table for many, many years, they would be working on one side first, piece by piece, of course.

I agree that they should finish other projects first, like the 27av nightmare which inexplicably is taking forever for such a small

About the Grove bank and the Expo Center, it actually looks like it's gonna end up as improvements. I haven't seen the blue prints or renderings with much detail, but the Expor Center was an eyesore to begin with, blocking a lot of bayside space. From what I see, a lot of green space will be added, despite the 3 story building, which ain't that bad, certainly not as ugly as that Expo thing was. Same goes for the Grove Bank.

So yes, it's not about complaining everytime, sometimes progress is progress, slow as it may be.

May 24, 2014 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

South Bayshore drive looks beautiful and has looked beautiful for years. Fix what is broken.

May 24, 2014 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the Sarnoff Sidewalk Billboards?

May 24, 2014 7:37 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

Anon May 24, 2014 11:42 AM: S Bayshore needs better bike lanes and drainage for sure. Every time there is storm surge and heavy rains large swaths of it flood. Thats a key path for cyclists between south miami and the key.

I'm all for fixing our roads.

May 25, 2014 12:42 AM  
Blogger Sledge said...

Besides the usual convoluted political tribulations, the problem with South Bayshore Dr. is a lack of urban planning to begin with, as in most of Miami.

There simply isn't much space left to work with. People who only drive cars hardly notice these things, (as anon@11:42, you bet he's never, ever ventured out of his car around here) but if you attempt to walk or bike one bright day, say, from Peacock Park to where it turns into South Miami av, you'll see where the problems are, particularly around 17av.

The "Conceptual Master Plan" posted here looks nice and dandy, but what are they going to do with all the private houses tightly built around everywhere? I doubt expropriations would work these days. Ride, run or walk one day, take a good look for yourselves.. Oh, be careful..

May 25, 2014 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Whoever designed that has never ridden a bike. When you have the "bike lane" up against the on-street parking like that, it means you have to creep along for fear of somebody opening their door right in front of you. It's dangerous.

May 25, 2014 8:48 AM  
Blogger Sledge said...

Patrick, I know what you're saying, but the design does work if implemented properly. Just look at a perfect example right here at Brickell av. after Rickenbacker, up until 15th street.

That concept has been tested in many cities like Amsterdam or Portland, it requires some education and proper signs, lots of paint for the bike path next to the parked cars. Soon enough, people learn, and are careful opening doors, cyclists also learn tricks like crucial eye-contact and other precautions, traffic speed goes down.

Over at Brickel they even have signs saying "Bikes may use full lane", gotta love it there! makes my day when I do that and some ignorant driver starts honking, (though I go almost as far as cars there to be polite).. they get stressed out of their minds on weekdays, for the few seconds lost, if any, out of their busy day, as I laugh or politely offer them a well-deserved Bird for not respecting the law.

May 25, 2014 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not looking forward to the traffic. I have to say we do need more space for cyclists and runners. Hope it's done right. With all the changes in happening in the Grove we need to think that more people are going to be headed our way and we need to accommodate. How about new bathrooms in Kennedy Park?

June 04, 2014 10:40 PM  

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