Media Contact:
Karla Damian
Karla.Damian@miamidade.gov
786-469-5420
Carolina del Busto
carolina@miamidade.gov
786-469-5365

The Venetian Causeway permanently re-opens, East Bascule Bridge accessible to all traffic

MIAMI (December 28, 2016)

The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) will permanently reopen the East Bascule Bridge on the Venetian Causeway starting at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

In November, the bridge was closed to pedestrian, cycling, and vehicular traffic due to necessary maintenance and repairs. A little over six weeks later, DTPW has completed the necessary rehabilitation work in a timely manner and will reopen the bridge ahead of schedule on December 28, 2016.

Up until now, Venetian residents have had access to the island via the west side of the bridge up to Rivo Alto Island. In order to accommodate for holidays and large-scale events, the East Bascule Bridge was temporarily reopened in late November for Thanksgiving and Art Basel Miami Beach, and once again in late December for the long holiday weekend.

Now, after working diligently for weeks, the Department is ready to lift the barricades and allow the natural flow of pedestrian, cycling, and vehicular traffic.

DTPW has worked closely with the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, as well as other agencies, and ensured that the contingency plans set in place by police and fire rescue were well executed in order to immediately respond to any emergencies on the Venetian Islands.

Residents who would like additional information regarding the bridge reopening can contact DTPW Public Information Officers Karla Damian at kdamian@miamidade.gov, or Carolina del Busto at carolina@miamidade.gov.

Residents also can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for transit information. Closed on Sundays and County-observed holidays.

Download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app by visiting www.miamidade.gov/transit/transit-tracker-app and start planning for your next trip today. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app – turn your smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit www.miamidade.gov/transit-easy-pay for more information. Don’t forget, riders can now also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.

We’re with you every stop of the way.