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Bear Cut Bridge
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The Bear Cut Bridge – a portion of the Rickenbacker Causeway that links Key Biscayne and Miami – is currently undergoing repairs required to rehabilitate the bridge.
Repairs are anticipated to be completed by June 2014.
The Department has implemented a maintenance of traffic designed to reduce congestion and provide safe travel on the bridge to all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians:
- Two eastbound lanes are open to all traffic
- Two westbound lanes are open — one for all traffic, and one for automobiles and motorcycles only
- A dedicated 5 1/2 foot-wide accessible pedestrian path remains open on the bridge that bicyclists can also use with caution
Portions of Bear Cut Bridge to reopen to drivers by March 14th
Construction work on the Bear Cut Bridge’s two westbound lanes is expected to be finished between March 12-14.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use the new 14-foot-wide shared-use path on the northern side of the bridge. In addition, all Rickenbacker Causeway toll plaza lanes will reopen around this time and the West Bridge will be completely open to traffic.
Eastbound traffic construction will temporarily stop during the Sony Open Tennis Tournament, which begins March 17. Work will resume at the conclusion of the Sony Open Tennis Tournament.
Nightly lane closures on bridge scheduled until March
Nightly lane closures on the Bear Cut Bridge will take place from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. due to construction. During this time, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction the entire length of the Bear Cut Bridge. The closures will occur until March.
Rickenbacker Causeway toll lane closures in effect
From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, the far right two lanes (lanes 7 and 8) of the Rickenbacker Causeway will be closed.
Every night, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., lanes 1 through 6 will be closed. Traffic will flow only along lanes 7 and 8.
Pedestrian path detour in place through February
The pedestrian path located on the west side underneath the West Bridge is closed while demolition of the bridge is ongoing.
The path will be closed to the public until February 2014. Pedestrian and bike traffic will be detoured up to the Brickell Avenue/Rickenbacker Causeway intersection to use the crosswalks as needed.
Motorists and cyclists will see the "sharrow" marking — meaning both must share the eastbound and westbound right lanes of the Bear Cut Bridge during construction.
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