Work is underway on a Miami-Dade County repair and restoration project at Hobie Island and Virginia Key beaches on the south side of the Rickenbacker Causeway.
The work should not have an impact on traffic.
According to County officials, “The Rickenbacker Causeway Hobie Island and Virginia Key shoreline was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, causing erosion and associated damage. The existing facilities have experienced minor to heavy erosion, resulting in a reduction to the beach sand and undermining shoreline revetment, roadways and parking.
“This project will restore the area to its pre-storm condition, as well as mitigation work to offset future damages. The project scope includes shoreline stabilization, sand renourishment and parking lot roadway repairs.
Work started last month and should wrap up in the summer of 2019. The work is starting on Hobie Island south side and then moving to Virginia Key, and as each phase of the beach and parking area is completed, it will be opened to the public.
County officials said they will strive to minimize impacts to motorists, businesses and residents. “Almost all of the restoration work will be off the main roadway, so traffic will not be affected. The construction will be phased to allow use of areas completed, therefore minimize impacts to beach patrons, bicyclists and runners,” they noted.
Construction equipment and personnel will be moving in and around the work zone while project-related activity is underway. Access to Rickenbacker Causeway vehicle, pedestrian and cycling lanes will be maintained at all times. While beach shoreline access, and parking lot work are being performed, accommodations for pedestrian access will be prepared.