FYI Miami: February 23, 2017
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WATER PRESSURE WORK MAINLY DONE: Installation of a water main along Southwest 152nd Street between 112th and 137th avenues to improve water pressure is nearly finished. Miami-Dade County says work is wrapped up, with final road restoration being finished by late April. All eastbound lanes are now open. The last segment is pending between Southwest 112th and 117th avenues, which may bring temporary lane closures or detours, with most work continuing at night to minimize the impact on traffic.
OLD CITY CARS: The City of Sweetwater is benefitting from the generosity of the City Of Miami. The Miami City Commission has classified 13 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles as surplus and is donating them to Sweetwater. The Department of General Services Administration decommissioned the vehicles, ranging from 2007 to 2008 models. The city’s resolution says Sweetwater’s Police Department has a fleet of police cars that are more than 15 years old and aren’t in any condition to provide professional law enforcement. Sweetwater is in a state of financial emergency and in dire need of replacing those cars. By donating the vehicles, Miami will assist in crime prevention not only in Sweetwater but in suppressing criminal elements in Miami-Dade County in general, the resolution reads.
GAS GOING UP: Miami gasoline prices at the pump rose 2.5 cents a gallon during the past week to average $2.40, GasBuddy price tracking service reported Monday. AAA forecast at the same time a continual rising of the price to Memorial Day, when it said prices generally peak. Miami’s gasoline price was 13 cents a gallon higher than the national average of $2.27, GasBuddy said. The rise in prices put the cost per gallon here at 57.1 cents per gallon higher than the same date a year earlier. AAA said the rise in prices is caused by refinery maintenance, an increase in driving and the switch nationally to summer-blend fuels.
MAINTAINING CIRCLES: Miami commissioners have approved a one-year renewal of an agreement with SFM Services Inc., which will provide for the continued city-wide maintenance and landscaping of traffic circles and associated traffic separators and triangle medians. The company will be paid up to $318,668 a year. The deal could include maintenance along MLK Boulevard, if needed, at the discretion of the Public Works Department. The city is working on a new agreement with a youth group, which was performing maintenance on MLK Boulevard, Butterfly Gardens and 62nd Street embankments of I-95.