Venetian Islands Streetscape Update

BRIEF UPDATE ON STREETSCAPE

We would like to give residents a short update of what’s happening with our ‘somewhat neglected’ streetscape.

In a meeting with CIP yesterday, VIHA was given the following Agenda:

1. Storm Water Drainage will start in February/early March starting with San Marino and last approx. 2 months.

Dilido will start thereafter and last 3 months, once completed Rivo Alto will last 2 months.

2. As Rivo Alto will be last in this project, it was decided to give the Roads in Rivo Alto a temporary asphalt overlay.

It does not make any practical or economic sense for the other islands as they are being worked on.

3. The storm water drainage work will be done in segments of 300 feet in order to not disrupt the entire traffic to the islands.

There will be no disruption to mail delivery or sanitation pick-up, but changes are needed to guarantee access.

Lastly, please pay attention to instruction for parking your car, best it be in your driveway during this period. Access to your property will always be guaranteed.

 

THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL LAST 14 MONTHS, pump stations at the end of each island will be installed in-between

More detailed instruction to follow from CIP.

Venetian Islands Construction Schedule – Letter from Lanzo

Please, see below the status of the drainage installation and road restoration (should we get an Notice to Proceed, NTP, of January 5, 2015) according to the current schedule.  Please, note this list/breakdown only includes drainage installation, temporary road restoration, road restoration, and final lift of asphalt with the original contract production rates:

  • Drainage NTP for Lanzo (Jan 05, 2015)
  • Drianage Shop Drawings resubmittal (DiLido & Rivo Alto) – Pending
  • Delivery of Stormwater Structures – San Marino has a start date of 17-Dec-14 (according to this date, the structures should be on production by now; therefore, any dates here presented are subject to change.  As it is, the Precast Manufacturer is to shut down operations the last two weeks of 2014)
  • Deliver of Stormwater Pipe – A-2000, schedule says that the start date is 31-Oct-14 (this pipe should at least have been ordered by now)

o   North San Marino

  • Drainage installation from Jan 26 to Mar 03, 2015
  • Temporary Road Restoration from Jan 29 to Mar 04, 2015
  • Road Reconstruction from Feb 13 to June 04, 2015
  • Final Lift of Asphalt 19-Oct-15 to 23-Oct-15

o   South San Marino

  • Drainage installation from Jan 22 to Feb 27, 2015
  • Temporary Road Restoration from Jan 27 to Mar 02, 2015
  • Road Reconstruction from Mar 05 to June 04, 2015
  • Final Lift of Asphalt 19-Oct-15 to 23-Oct-15

o   North DiLido

  • Drainage Installation from Mar 12 to Jun 05, 2015
  • Temporary Road Restoration from Mar 20  to June 08, 2015
  • Road Reconstruction from April 28 to Oct 01, 2015
  • Final Lift of Asphalt 19-Oct-15 to 30-Oct-15

o   South DiLido

  • Drainage Installation from Mar 11 to June 03, 2015
  • Temporary Road Restoration from Mar 18 to June 04, 2015
  • Road Reconstruction from Apr 23 to Oct 05, 2015
  • Final Lift of Asphalt 20-Oct-15 to 02-Nov-15

o   North Rivo Alto

  • Drainage Instllation from Jun 17 to Aug 07, 2015
  • Temporary Road Restoration from June 26 to Aug 10, 2015
  • Road Reconstruction from Jul 17 to Oct 22, 2015
  • Final Lift of Asphalt 03-Nov-15 to 09-Nov-15

o   South Rivo Alto

  • Drainage Instllation from June 17 to Aug 31, 2015
  • Temporary Road Restoration from June 30 to Sep 01, 2015
  • Road Reconstruction from July 23 to Oct 22, 2015
  • Final Lift of Asphalt 03-Nov-15 to 09-Nov-15

 

www.lanzo.net

 

Venetian Islands Construction Update

Good afternoon residents of Venetian Islands,

Please see the attached update regarding next week’s construction activity in your neighborhood.  Let us know if you have any questions.

It is Halloween today, therefore due to the anticipated increase in pedestrian traffic, please be cautious of sidewalk and street conditions while trick-or-treating, especially near private and city construction areas.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout the construction process. I hope you have a great weekend!

Regards,

Yaisel Gonzalez

Public Information Specialist

c 305.345.7269  |  o 866.662.6273  |  f 813.926.2962

Yaisel.Gonzalez@QCAusa.com | QCAusa.com

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Venetian Causeway Update

Good Morning.

This email is being sent to update you on the status of the project to rehabilitate the West Venetian Bascule Bridge.   Miami-Dade County’s Public Works and Waste Management Department has initiated the procurement process for the design services necessary to rehabilitate the West Venetian Bascule Bridge. The work will include the demolition, disposal and reconstruction of the westernmost 730 feet of the bridge and roadway approach.

Delays in the procurement process of the design build contract have caused a revision to our original estimate for the closure of the bridge.  A full closure of the West Venetian Bascule Bridge will be required upon commencement of the demolition activities and is now anticipated to proceed in the Spring of 2015.  The rehabilitation is expected to last nine months.

We apologize  for any inconvenience this delay in the commencement of the project may have caused.

Should you have questions about the project, please contact my office at 305-514-6653.

Best,

Gayle R. Love

Senior Division Director

Public Information & Outreach Division

Public Works and Waste Management Department

305-514-6607 (office)/305-297-1857 (cell)

loveg@miamidade.gov

www.miamidade.gov/publicworks

Proposal for US Coast Guard to Restrict East Bridge Schedule

Dear Residents,

As many of you know the west Venetian Causeway bridge is in need of repair and will be held in the “open” position as the work is completed.  The estimation is that construction will begin sometime in November and will take approximately 9 months.  In the mean time the residents will have only one access on and off the islands, through the East Venetian Causeway Bridge.  Residents are concerned that during that time, if the east bascule bridge were to break as has happened several times in the recent past, their only access will be blocked.

The Coast Guard is recommending that during the repairs, the east bridge will open twice daily at 10:30am and at 7pm.  For those of us concerned with the faulty bridge, this is unacceptable.

We urge everyone to contact the Coast Guard to express their concerns regarding the schedule proposed.

Below is a sample letter proposing the lock down.  Please relay these general concerns in your own words as they will not accept duplicate letters.

All letters must must be identified by dock number: USCG–2014–0719

Please forward the letter addressed to The US Coast Guard to the address below before October 14, 2014 in one of the following 3 methods:

(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal:

http://www.regulations.gov.

(2) Fax: 202–493–2251.

(3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140,
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE.,
Washington, DC 20590–0001.
Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
The telephone number is 202–366–9329

Below is a link to the official notice of proposed rule making by the Coast Guard with instructions on submitting comments.  Please refer to this link before submitting your letters.

2014-21681

Draft of proposed letter to US Coast Guard re plans to restrict East Bridge schedule:

Citizen Comments on Docket USCG–2014–0719
Drawbridge Operation Regulation;
Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, FL

RE: 33 CFR Part 17,  RIN 1625-AA09

Portions of the West Venetian Causeway Bridge are in need of emergency repairs.  During these repairs, the West Venetian Causeway Drawbridge will be locked in the “open” position, the Western approach to the bascule mechanism will be removed and rebuilt.  During this time the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic.  Therefore, the only access to the Venetian Islands will be via the East Venetian Causeway Drawbridge.

I do not believe the proposed drawbridge restrictions  for the East Venetian Causeway Bridge during the course of the reconstruction are strict enough.  I believe the East Venetian Causeway Bridge should remain closed to navigation (“locked down”) during the West Venetian Causeway Bridge construction period, because the East Venetian Causeway Bridge does not have the planned reliability required of a single access/egress bridge.

There are many communities where a single drawbridge provides the only vehicular link between the community and the outside world.  In these situations it is important for the safety of the residents that the drawbridge is reliable.  The community can justify the added expense of building and maintaining an extremely reliable bridge, because a failure of the bridge mechanism cannot be tolerated.  Some communities choose to build a fire station past the bridge, so services can be maintained while the bridge is impassable.

The Venetian Causeway community connects to the outside world through both an East Bridge and a West Bridge.  Each bridge serves as a backup for the other.  If either bridge is stuck in the open position, emergency services can reach residents via the other bridge.  With a dual bridge design it is not economically feasible to design and maintain the bridges to extremely high reliability.    It is expected that one of the bridges will occasionally fail in the open position, and the other bridge will provide access for emergency vehicles.

The proposed restrictions do not account for the expected failures  of the East Venetian Causeway Bridge.  It is imperative for the safety of the residents of the Venetian Islands that the East Venetian Causeway Bridge be locked down and closed to marine traffic during this period.  Should the bridge  be allowed to open for marine traffic, we expect it to occasionally fail in the open position (this is not an uncommon failure mode for this particular bridge).  During these failures, emergency vehicles will not be able to reach residents.  This poses a significant and avoidable risk to life and property.

Of course, it is important to balance the needs of marine traffic against the safety needs of the residents of the Venetian Islands.  Marine traffic currently crosses the Venetian Causeway either through the Miami Beach Channel (aka the Malloy Channel) which is spanned by the East Venetian Causeway Bridge, and the Intracoastal Waterway which is spanned by the West Venetian Causeway Bridge.

Currently both Venetian Bridges are on limited daytime schedules – they only open every half hour.  During the West Venetian Causeway Drawbridge repairs, the bascule mechanism will be locked in the “open” position.  This will provide increased access for marine traffic. 

There is a precedent for this sort of lockdown.  Circa 1998, the bascule mechanism in the East Venetian Causeway Bridge was replaced.  During construction, a parallel temporary by-pass bridge was installed adjacent to the East Venetian Causeway Bridge.  This temporary bridge was a fixed bridge, and could not open for marine traffic.

I strongly urge that during repairs of the West Venetian Causeway Bridge, that the West Venetian Causeway Bridge be locked in the “open” position, and the East Venetian Causeway Bridge be locked in the “closed” position.  This solution addresses the safety concerns of Venetian Causeway residents, and provides enhanced marine traffic flow via the Intracoastal Waterway and the  West Venetian Causeway Bridge.