Miami-Dade County has advised the Village that repairs and a restoration project at Hobie Island and Virginia Key, located on the south side of the Rickenbacker Causeway, have started. These activities should not have an impact on traffic. Details from the County are given below.
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.
Construction for this project is anticipated to commence in September, 2018, and to complete in summer of 2019.
Methodology and Efforts:
Throughout construction, the Miami-Dade Parks 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. The work will commence on Hobie Island south side then to Virginia Key, as each phase of the beach and parking area is completed, it will be opened to the public. 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 provided.