The first stage of the Town of Cutler Bay’s Caribbean Boulevard Roadway Improvement s Project, between Coral Sea and Marlin Road, has been completed after seven months of construction and enhancements. The project’s Work Zone I officially opened to the public on May 2.
The project consists of the installation a new traffic circle on Gulfstream Road, enhanced street lighting and traffic signals, fresh native landscaping, tasteful pedestrian concrete crosswalks, new bike lanes, bus shelters and bus “pull out” bays. The integration of a new storm drainage system and residential driveway aprons are another addition to the frequently traveled boulevard.
Constantino Fuentes, a resident of Cutler Bay since 1989 and one of the homeowners impacted by the project for the past several months, was pleased with the changes.
“I am really enjoying the whole boulevard because it looks like I moved into a new neighborhood without literally going anywhere,” Fuentes said. “The curbing is great because it protects the landscaping and keeps the grass green. I am so glad cars cannot park there any more.”
Gisel Rortiz, another resident, said, “The driveway and all the improvements make my house look prettier. I am grateful for this project.”
The project in its entirety extends from Coral Sea to SW 87th Avenue and will impact directly more than 300 residents along the boulevard and surrounding area. The project has been divided into five work zones. When one work zone is substantially complete, the next phase begins. The goal has been to minimize the impact the construction has on the residents of Caribbean Boulevard. The estimated end date for the work is July 2015.
Nestor Trejo, another resident, thought the section-by-section approach was working well.
“It’s a good idea to do the project in work zones as opposed to closing the entire line,” Trejo said. “We are able to see a finished product and not have to wait two years to see it completed.”
Town manager Rafael G. Casals attributes the success of the project thus far to the cooperation and support of the residents and the aggressive public outreach efforts and efficiency of the town’s project team.
“The project is on schedule and the transformation is remarkable,” Casals said.
Mayor Edward MacDougall also is pleased with the progress.
“Our town is becoming brighter and brighter,” MacDougall said. “I am proud that so many people outside of our town have told me they want to live in Cutler Bay. Good government, honest citizens and a very capable staff are driving our new town to a better excellence. I thank the good people of Cutler Bay for all they have done to make us a shining star in Miami-Dade County.”
For more information on the project, contact the public information officer, Alina Philipp, at 305-234-4262 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents also may visit her at Town Hall every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon.