Alton Road flyover to shut down Monday night
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A multimillion-dollar renovation to the aging flyover bridge connecting eastbound MacArthur Causeway to northbound Alton Road is set to begin as soon as Monday after 9 p.m., weather permitting.
The construction project, which is expected to take at least a month to complete, has commuters and city officials asking tough questions as they inquire whether all appropriate measures have been taken so that traffic is not excessively disrupted during this period.
"Where are we at with the meetings with Alton Road, and what are we doing to ensure that this project is not going to impact our residents' quality of life?" asked City Commissioner Michael Gongora during a recent hearing that took place at Miami Beach City Hall.
Commuter Arnaud Sursock was filled with trepidation as he considers the possible traffic delays. "Every day I need to take this bridge, so it's going to be hard," he said. "I will take 15 minutes more to go to work every morning now."
Motorists will have to find alternative routes for at least the next 30 days. "Thanks for the heads up," driver Carlos Z. said to a 7News reporter. "I'm not coming back for a month."
The flyover is being shut down so that the contractor in charge of the project rebuilds the base of the bridge and replaces its guardrail.
"It's going to be scary, for the traffic," said driver Rebecca Wisot. "But it's better because it will be constructed, and it will be a job well done."
Wisot listed some of the alternative routes. "We'll just deal with the traffic," she said. "You could go down Venetian [Causeway], you could go on 195 [Julia Tuttle Causeway], and you can take the long way around the Beach."
A detour will be in place along Fifth Street for drivers who are still planning to take MacArthur Causeway to go to South Beach.
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