Miami Beach drivers to see big delays to Alton
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A proposed Miami Beach driver detour is creating a controversy among city commissioners.
The Florida Department of Transportation has announced a last-minute change to their repair plans for the Alton Road flyover bridge.
Originally, a narrow lane was to be kept open for six months to replace the guardrail and fix the bridge's base, but now they want to completely shut it down for a month, and City of Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin sounded off at a commission meeting. "One of the primary things, I'm sure, is safety, so if FDOT concluded previously that the closure for 180 days and narrowing of the flyover was not the safest, why all of the sudden, now is careful consideration being given to doing it a safer method?"
He continued noting, "The biggest issue here is not about necessarily the 30-day versus a 180-day. I think it's the lack of planning, lack of coordination, the lack of enlightenment."
Among the commissioner's other issues are the department's lack of notice to residents, severe traffic delays and a self-imposed financial penalty limit in case they finish the project late.
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