Ceremony marks completion of causeway improvements

By Ruben Arias….

Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez (with large scissors) is joined by members of the Miami-Dade County’s Public Works Department in ribbon cutting marking completion of improvements to Rickenbacker Causeway.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez and members of the Miami-Dade County’s Public Works Department (PWD) celebrated recent improvements to Rickenbacker Causeway beaches during a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19. The ceremony took place near the causeway on Hobie Beach, adjacent to MAST Academy.

PWD completed the Rickenbacker Causeway Shoreline and Roadway Protection Project on the south sides of Hobie Island and Virginia Key Beach (Hobie Cat Beach). The project began on Sept. 9, 2009 and included three major components: shoreline stabilization; stormwater management and parking improvements, and exotic vegetation removal and landscaping of the upland area.

This environmental and roadway protection project is the first of its kind undertaken by PWD. The total cost for this project was $6.8 million.

“Our Public Works Department is meeting the needs of the community by improving the roadway while taking factors like beach re-nourishment into consideration,” Commissioner Gimenez said. “This balance ensures that motorists and bicyclists are able to ride safely, and that residents are able to enjoy the beaches surrounding the Causeway for years to come.”

For more information, contact Commissioner Gimenez’s office at 305-669-4003.

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