Funding Approved to Address Bridge Repairs

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Susan Askew

Funding Approved to Address Bridge Repairs:

Four bridges in north beach identified by FDOT as being in poor condition

Following the biennial bridge report from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that identified four Miami Beach bridges with sufficiency ratings below 70%, City Commissioners voted at their meeting this month to fund the initial design phase for the needed repairs.

According to a memo from Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, “Under the FDOT rating system, a bridge with a 100 percent rating is considered in excellent condition; a bridge with a 70 percent rating is in an acceptable condition; and anything lower than 70 percent is considered in poor condition, requiring repairs.” [Note: This does not indicate there are safety issues with the bridge as we reported earlier.]
 
Morales noted the bridge located at 77th Street over Biscayne Point Canal has a sufficiency rating of less than 50 percent. Three bridges have a sufficiency rating of less than 70%. They are 77th Street over Tatum Waterway, Henedon Avenue over Biscayne Point Canal, and 73rd Street over Tatum Waterway. 
 
“Public Works is looking to repair all four (4) bridges with a cumulative design fee estimated at $280,000,” Morales wrote, including the $70,000 cost to design repairs on the 77th Street Bridge over Biscayne Point Canal. 
 
Total repair costs will not be known until the design phase is complete.
 
“Funding for the design phase of the four (4) bridges has been identified, however, funding requirements for the construction phase for the bridges can only be determined after the completion of the design phase,” Morales wrote. “Additionally, the estimated construction cost, per bridge, will be determined after a more thorough inspection and design is completed, as the City is pending an additional FDOT inspection report for remaining bridges as part of the two year cycle, which inspection may require the allocation of additional funding due to the condition of the bridges.”

Details plus FDOT report, here.

 
 

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