Beach Recreational Corridor (MBRC) Project
The City of Miami Beach has retained Calvin,
Giordano and Associates to design and permit an on-grade, ADA-accessible
pathway to support the use of bicycles, walking, and other non-motorized means
of transportation. The Middle Beach Recreational Corridor (MBRC) is part of the
greater Atlantic Greenway Network (AGN), which is a system of bicycle
facilities throughout the City. The MBRC
is a part of the coastal link and a north/south connector in the AGN.
The MBRC will consist of an on-grade pedestrian
pathway connecting 46th Street to Allison Park at 64th Street. The path will be constructed along the west
side of the coastal dunes, east of the oceanfront properties. The path will be permitted in accordance with
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) coastal construction
regulations. Non-native dune vegetation
will be removed and replaced with dune enhancements such as native dune
vegetation and beach compatible dune fill.
Path lighting will meet Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s marine
turtle nesting requirements.
The project will connect business districts,
cultural/tourism centers, parks, residential neighborhoods and the beaches. In
addition, the project will greatly enhance the connectivity of the other
beachwalk projects that have already been constructed, namely Beachwalk I (14th
Street to 23rd Street) and the North Beach Recreational Corridor (NBRC, 64th
Street to 79th Street). The MBRC will provide the critical link extending the
existing beachwalk to eventually connect the North Beach and South Beach
beachwalk systems. The construction of
the MBRC will complete a major portion of the essential north-south connector
of the AGN and further facilitate pedestrian and non-motorized transportation
throughout the City.
Design and permitting is anticipated to be
completed in summer 2015. Construction is projected to start in winter 2015.
The City is looking to phase the construction of this corridor in three
sequential phases. Phase I will create
the pathway from 47th Street to 53rd Street.
Phase II will construct the segment from 53rd Street to 58th Street, and
Phase III will build the portion from 58th Street to 64th Street.
Click here to view a Map of the project area
Click here to view a Presentation regarding the project
2. US Army
Corps of Engineer Beach Renourishment Project
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with Miami-Dade County, placed
sand on three areas of Miami Beach using two separate sources of material. Work
for the project was conducted in two phases to avoid impacts to major special
events, South Beach hotels and beach-goers during the peak of the South Florida
(North Beach - 63 Street to 69 Street Beach)
phase of the project utilized the last available offshore borrow site in
Miami-Dade County located approximately 11 nautical miles south-south west of
the project area. A dredge located offshore pumped an estimated 250,000 cubic
yards of sand to a diverter that was located around 69th Street and which directed
sand north and south for distribution and grading to the approved slope. The
dredging operations began in February 2012 and were completed in April 2012.
II (South Beach & Middle Beach)
second phase of the project utilized a sand back-passing method to bring
approximately 107,000 cy sand from an accreted portion of the beach between 10
Street and 18 Street to the highly eroded areas in the vicinity of 27 Street
(50,000 cy) and 44 Street (57,000 cy). Construction for this phase began in May
2012 and was completed in October 2012.