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Statement regarding Metromover incident

MIAMI (August 03, 2017)

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, pieces of concrete fell from the overhead Metromover guideway near the south end of the Fifth Street Station. No one was injured. The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) staff quickly secured the area on the south side of the station as a precaution. City of Miami and Miami-Dade Police also assisted in doing a partial closure of a nearby street. The north end of the station remained open and regular Metromover service continued to be provided until the planned early closure at 10 p.m. Metromover opened at its regular time, 5 a.m., on Thursday, August 03, 2017.

DTPW staff inspected the guideway area and deemed the system structurally sound for regular Metromover service. The concrete pieces that fell came from areas adjacent to the steel beam that is experiencing localized rusting; however, these concrete pieces are not structural and are non-essential for the support of Metromover operation. All locations with similar structural details have been inspected and corrective measures are being implemented.

Public safety is, and always will be, DTPW’s top priority. Our vehicles and infrastructure are safe, and at no point would public safety be compromised. DTPW continues to work on maintaining its infrastructure and vehicles in a state of good repair.