Florida, Sunny Isles Beach Bridge Construction

Written by Chuck Baier
November 4, 2021

Seacoast Inc. has been contracted by the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), to conduct a rehabilitation of the NE 163rd Street (SR 826) Bridges across the AICW, mile 1078.0, at Sunny Isles Beach, FL. The project started August 2021 and expected to be completed April 2023. This project includes mechanical upgrades for the movable spans, replacing the Span Lock Systems, painting the bridge and replacing roadway grating. One-half of the navigable channel may be obstructed during work hours. During non-working hours the navigable channel will be cleared. The Coast Guard has authorized the contractor to temporarily deviation from drawbridge operation regulation 33 CFR 117.261(ll). Under this temporary deviation the bridge will allowed to operate as follows from August 23, 2021 through December 15, 2021:

1. From 6:45am to 7:15pm, Monday through Saturday, single-leaf openings will be provided on the quarter and three quarter hour. A full opening will be provided with a 4 hour advanced notice to the bridge tender.
2. From 10am to 6pm on Sunday, the bridge need only open on the quarter and three-quarter hour.
3. At all other times, the bridge will operate on demand. The Coast Guard has authorized the contractor to temporarily reduce the vertical clearance across ½ of the navigational channel under the following conditions:

1. From 10/1/2021 until 12/31/2021 the vertical clearance will be reduced by 3 feet on the north bridge (westbound vehicle traffic);
2. From 1/1/2022 until 3/31/2022 the vertical clearance will be reduced by 3 feet on the south bridge (eastbound vehicle traffic); for the duration of this project.
3. “Reduced clearance” signs will be posted on both fenders near the clearance gauges

The charted vertical clearance at this location is 30 feet at Mean High Water (MHW) in the closed to navigation position. Seacoast Inc. will install an access platform that will reduce the vertical clearance to approximately 27 feet across ½ of the channel. The contractor will ensure the clearance difference with the platform is visible to mariners transiting through both the northbound and southbound bridge structures.

All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution and at a slow speed. A work barge and associated in-water equipment will be in the vicinity of the bridge for the duration of the project. All equipment will be properly lighted.
For waterways questions or drawbridge operating issues, please contact USCG Sector Miami Waterways Division at (305) 535-4317, email [email protected].

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Chuck Baier

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