Cutler Bay’s Caribbean Boulevard Roadway Improvement s Project reportedly is on schedule according to town officials.
Despite recent heavy rains the project’s Work Zone 2 from Marlin Road to Holiday Road officially reopened, and the town’s contractor recently broke ground in Work Zone 3, from Holiday Road to Whispering Pines Road, which is considered the project’s midway point.
Preliminary construction work also has begun in Work Zone 4 from Whispering Pines Road to SW 188th Terrace. The project, ahead of schedule, has an estimated completion date of March 2015. Roadway improvements in the completed section include curbing, new landscaped center medians, decorative light poles and lush native landscaping.
Public Works director Alfredo Quintero said that the roadway improvements project is providing a wide range of infrastructure improvements along the Caribbean corridor from Coral Sea Road to SW 87th Avenue. He stressed the importance of the work.
“Caribbean Boulevard is a major roadway which connects all of our smaller local roads to both US1 and Florida’s Turnpike,” Quintero said.
“The completion of this project will contribute to a more sustainable roadway due to the major storm water treatment elements of the project and use of Florida native landscaping, which all residents and commuters can be proud of.”
The overall project includes the construction of two traffic calming circles at Gulfstream Road and SW 192nd Drive, 1.76 miles of new storm water treatment system, decorative street lighting, traffic signals, native landscaping and attractive finishes at key intersections, new pedestrian concrete crosswalks and bike lanes, and bus pullout bays and shelters.
At an estimated project cost of $9,181,346 it is being funded by a Joint Participation Agreement with Miami-Dade County’s People’s Transportation Plan and town funds.
Town manager Rafael Casals said that the project’s unique construction approach of substantially completing individual work zones before moving to the next zone significantly reduces the impact on residents and local commuters with shorter construction periods than by closing the entire corridor. He said he appreciates the residents’ help and patience.
“Thanks to the strong relationship with our county partners and homeowners, we are pleased to be part of the ongoing effort to revitalize Caribbean Boulevard,” Casals said. “While each work zone presents challenges, our construction team is able to maintain focus and move forward with the support and cooperation of the affected homeowners.
“These affected homeowners can see the benefits and progress of our roadway improvement project and have embraced our work zone phases. Public involvement has been essential to the success of the project,” he said. “Effective and timely communications management has fostered a successful project thus far. Our outreach program has provided affected homeowners the ability and accessibility to voice any questions and concerns.”
For information on the Caribbean Boulevard Construction Roadway Improvements Project residents are invited to contact Alina Philipp, the town’s public information officer, at 305-234-4262 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They may visit Philipp during her weekly community outreach hours at Town Hall every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.