Brickell Roadwork To End8211and Begin Again
By Meisha Perrin
After three costly delays, road construction along Brickell Avenue between Southeast 12th Street and Coral Way (13th Street) is slated to be completed in the next three weeks, according to project contractor Russell Engineering Inc.
But in the meantime, the underground work to install a sanitary sewer line along westbound Coral Way, between Brickell and South Miami avenues, will cause a westbound closure along Coral Way.
A detour will be set up that asks drivers to either use Southeast 10th Street or 14th Street during the closure, which is to begin sometime this week.
That portion of the roadway construction is expected to be completed by Oct. 5, according to the contractor’s most recent schedule, but doesn’t include bad weather days, holidays or unexpected circumstances.
Unforeseen issues and delays have already increased construction costs on the originally $8.9 million project to approximately $10 million. Of this, $8.6 million has already been paid, according to Heather Leslie, project public information specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation District 6.
Russell Engineering Inc. is currently installing a sanitary sewer gravity line along the outside southbound travel lanes from the 1100 Block to Coral Way and has already installed four of the six structures. Only 300 linear feet of pipe needs is left to complete the work, Ms. Leslie said.
But the Oct. 5 ending date only gives commuters about three days of no construction before the Department of Transportation begins its Brickell Roadway Project on Oct. 8 from Southeast Fifth to Eighth streets.
The project is designed to permanently prevent left turns onto Southeast Sixth Street from Brickell Avenue northbound after a study showed the intersection as a "high-crash spot." To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition.