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The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works completes improvements to Venetian East Bascule Bridge

MIAMI (May 12, 2017)

Motorists, bicycle riders, and residents are already noticing the improvements completed on the Venetian East Bascule Bridge and Easternmost Bridge by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. Improvements include replacing the motors on the bascule bridge, as well as racks and gears; repairing both the bascule and fixed bridge; and adding non-slip bike grating on the bascule bridge.

To commemorate the completion of this project, DTPW hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at 10 a.m. 

“Improving our roadways and bridges continues to be a top priority for my administration,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County is the gateway to the Americas and having an exceptional infrastructure and a world-class transportation system is key to providing our residents and visitors a vibrant community to live in and visit.”    

“The Venetian Causeway bridges are subject to the typical deterioration caused by a harsh marine environment,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. “The improvements of the Venetian East Bascule Bridge completed this week have made this important roadway safer and more aesthetically pleasing for our community.”    

Constructed in 1927, the historic Venetian Causeway consists of 12 bridges – 10 fixed and two bascule bridges – which span the 11 man-made Venetian Islands.

In 1989, the Venetian Causeway was included on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the Cities of Miami Beach and Miami have designated the Causeway as a local historic landmark.

The project was completed in nine and half months and was fully funded by Miami-Dade County.

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