RE: Alton Court (the alley) Update, May, 17, 2019

In the original project scope of work for West Avenue Phase II, Alton Court was not included. This is because there are no water lines in the alley and there is only sewer from Lincoln Road to 15 Street. However, as part of the change order that was approved by the City Commission this past December, as the result of the Resilience Accelerator Program, it included the replacement of the sewer line from Lincoln Road to 15 Street.

Additionally Alton Court will be resurfaced, but it will not include the raising the roadway. As part of the resurfacing efforts, a slope will be done to the asphalt so that the water drains toward the streets, where the streets drainage system will catch it. There is currently no scope to improve lighting, as there is no city budget allocated for this.

RE: Streetscape Components

It is not possible to accommodate everyone’s wish list, the right-of-way (ROW) is a finite width, generally 70 feet. There has to be a compromise regarding the components that make up the streetscape – tree size and how much space for landscaping; driving lane width; sidewalk width; bike lane width; protected versus unprotected bike lanes; street parking on one side or both sides or no sides; how many turn lanes.

The city set standards in the report called Street Design Guidelines, priorities as follows:  pedestrian safety, protected bike lanes,  traffic safety.  With that in mind, the Wavna Streetscape Committee in 2015 recommended one of these designs, shown below.

Back in 2015, WAvNA made this recommendation for streetscape design
Finalized Streetscape Design West Avenue, Typical Section, Updated January 2020
Finalized Streetscape Design West Avenue, Typical Section, Updated January 2020


Trivia: Which roads in Miami Beach are State roads versus County roads?

State roadways: Alton Road, 5th Street Collins Avenue, 63rd Street, 71st Street/ Normandy Drive, Indian Creek Drive

County roadways: 23rd Street, Dade Blvd, Pine Tree Drive, La Gorce Drive , Venetian Causeway

History of red sidewalks in Miami Beach.