Duck Key Bridge Updates

10/27 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) installed piles and constructed the temporary critical wall adjacent to the west end of the Bimini Drive Bridge; the demolition of the west end of the bridge is 50 percent complete and is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Oct. 29. The contractor anticipates installing the sheet pile wall along the canal under the south side of the bridge over the next two weeks. Vibration monitoring equipment is installed, and monitoring will occur during the work, as required by the project specifications.  

FKAA’s pipeline contractor completed the installation and pressure testing of the lines on the Bimini Drive Bridge and is waiting for approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection before performing the final tie-in of the lines.

The contractor installed the timber deck on the south lane of the Seaview Drive Bridge and retrofitted the guardrail on the approach road. Additional posts are being added to the bridge railing to ensure that it meets design guidelines before opening the south lane to traffic, which is anticipated to occur on Thursday, Oct. 28. When traffic is shifted to the south lane, the weight limit will be restored to the Florida Legal Loads, and the contractor will begin demolition and reconstruction of the north lane of the bridge.

The steel beams and wood deck have been installed on the east lane of the Harbour Drive Bridge. The contractor is fabricating the bridge railing. Once the railing is installed, the traffic will shift to the east lane and the reduced weight limits will be removed on the Harbour Drive Bridge. This is anticipated to occur the week of Nov. 15.

10/8 Update: FKAA’s pipeline contractor has installed the structures at the east and west ends of the Bimini Bridge and is in the process of pressure testing the lines; upon completion of the testing they will perform the final tie-in of the lines.   

American Empire Builders (AEB) is preparing to install the sheet pile wall along the canal under the south side of the bridge once the pipeline contractor is demobilized. Layout, pre-drilling, and installation should take approximately two weeks. Vibration monitoring equipment has been installed and monitoring will occur during the work, as required by the project specifications.  

AEB will begin the installation of Temporary Critical Wall 5 as soon as FKAA completes the final tie-in. This will allow AEB to begin partial demolition of the west end of the south side of the Bimini Drive Bridge.

The contractor has installed the timber deck on the south lane of the Seaview Drive Bridge and is installing new railings on the south side of the bridge. AEB will retrofit the guardrail on the approach road, which is necessary to re-align it with the new, temporary bridge when they have completed the bridge railing. Upon completion of the deck and railing, the traffic will be shifted over to the newly constructed south lane and Phase II demolition/reconstruction of the north lane will commence.

The concrete beams on the Harbor Drive bridge have been removed and the new steel beams have been installed on the east side of the bridge. The contractor is welding the beams and the diaphragms in preparation for installing the timber deck.

9/24 Update: FKAA’s pipeline contractor is performing final connections of the sewer and reclaimed water lines on both the east and west ends of the Bimini Bridge; they anticipate completing the work in the next week. The work on the water line is complete.

American Empire Builders (AEB) is preparing to install the sheet pile wall along the canal under the south side of the bridge once the pipeline contractor is demobilized.  Layout, pre-drilling, and installation should take approximately two weeks. Vibration monitoring equipment is installed, and monitoring will occur during the work, as required by the project specifications.   

AEB anticipates beginning partial demolition of the west end of the south side of Bimini Drive Bridge within the next two weeks to construct the temporary critical wall on that side.

The contractor has set the steel superstructure beams on the Seaview Drive bridge and is welding the beams and diaphragms. Approximately 75 percent of the timber deck on the south lane is installed, and the balance will be completed shortly.  

Once the deck is completed, the contractor will install new railings on the south side of the bridge and retrofit the guardrail on the approach road, which is necessary to re-align it with the new, temporary bridge. Upon completion of the deck and railing, the traffic will shift to the newly constructed south lane, and Phase II demolition/reconstruction of the north lane will commence.

The concrete beams on the Harbor Drive Bridge are braced and cut in preparation for removal. The contractor has indicated that the crane that will remove the beams is being serviced and will be mobilized to Harbor Drive shortly. Once it is onsite, the concrete beams will be removed and steel beams set.

9/10 Update: FKAA’s pipeline contractor is on-site at the Bimini Drive Bridge performing the installation of the subaqueous sewer and reclaimed water lines. The contractor has completed the boring and is installing the pipe and they anticipate completing the underground work this week.  They will be working on the south side of the bridge next week to tie in the sewer and reclaimed lines.  The open cutwork on the water main on the north side of the bridge is nearing completion and will be tied in shortly as well.

American Empire Builders (AEB) will begin the installation of the sheet pile wall along the canal under the south side of the bridge; layout, pre-drilling, and installation should take approximately two weeks. Vibration monitoring equipment has been installed and monitoring will occur during the work, as required by the project specifications.

The Engineer of Record was onsite at the concrete yard in Ft. Myers to inspect the pre-cast concrete beams that will be installed on the south side of the new bridge. The curved shape of the beams presented challenges for the team, but the beams have been completed; pictures are attached.

AEB has installed temporary supports at both Harbour and Seaview Drive Bridges and a debris containment barge is staged at Seaview for beam removal. The contractor has begun the beam removal at Seaview.  Once the concrete beams are removed the contractor will inspect the bridge end wall to determine if additional repairs are necessary to ensure that the integrity of the end walls and remaining substructure is maintained prior to installing the new steel beams. Once this work is completed, he will relocate the crane to Harbour Drive bridge to remove the concrete beams and install new steel beams there as well.

After the steel beams are placed, they will be welded and the deck and railings will be installed.

The construction of the bridges is not typical since they were built by a developer as opposed to the State Highway Department; therefore, the contractor cannot rely on standard assumptions but must proceed slowly and inspect conditions as they are uncovered and evaluate and re-design the work as needed.   

The time needed to inspect, repair, or retrofit as conditions occur is imperative and this will likely delay the completion of the strengthened lane and removal of weight restrictions on the bridges until the week of Oct. 24. The entire team (contractor, engineers, and County staff) are and will continue to do everything possible to expedite the work without compromising safety.

8/30 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) completed construction of the temporary critical wall on the south side of the Bimini Drive Bridge the week of Aug. 23. The contractor will have a surveyor onsite on Tuesday, Sept. 7 to continue the layout for the installation of the permanent sheet pile wall. The installation will continue the week of Sept. 7 and is expected to take approximately two weeks to be completed. The vibration monitoring system is in place to monitor vibration during the operation of any equipment that causes vibration; data will be collected throughout the project in accordance with the project specifications section 108-2.1.5.

FKAA’s contractor has been on site since Monday, Aug. 16 to perform drilling and pulling of the subaqueous force main and reclaimed water lines. They anticipate that the work will be completed this week (end of August).  FKAA will perform the tie-in of the lines upon completion of the subaqueous installation.

AEB has partially demolished one lane on both Harbor and Seaview Bridges. Based on conditions observed upon partial demolition at the bridge abutments, the contractor needed to design and construct gravity support walls at both ends of Harbor and Seaview Bridges. The walls will support the new beams and hold compacted fill for the bridge approaches in place.  The contractor provided a design, which was reviewed by the engineer of record and FDOT structures office.

The construction of the walls at Seaview Bridge is complete, and the contractor will continue with the demolition of the bridge deck.  The gravity walls are under construction at Harbor Drive bridge and will be completed early next week.   After gravity wall construction and deck demolition are complete, the contractor will begin installing and welding the new steel support beams and installing wood decking at both bridges.

The addition to the scope of work of the design and construction of the gravity walls at Seaview and Harbor Drive Bridges has extended the completion date of Phase I until Sept. 14.  This completion date may need to be adjusted to Sept. 22 if further modifications become necessary as partial demolition of the bridge endwall proceeds and the contractor is able to confirm the existing conditions.  

8/5 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) continues constructing the critical wall on the south side of the Bimini Drive Bridge. The vibration monitoring system is in place to monitor vibration during the operation of any equipment that causes vibration; data will be collected throughout the project in accordance with the project specifications section 108-2.1.5.

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, FKAA will perform subaqueous waterline pipe pulling operations. Equipment set up for this work is scheduled to begin in the morning, and the pulling work, which is expected to take approximately 3 hours, will likely begin midday. The traffic that crosses Bimini Bridge and the single lane on Harbour Drive Bridge will be directed by flagmen during the work. Residents should be alert for this additional traffic management.

Temporary utility relocation at the Harbour Drive and Seaview Drive bridges is complete. AEB has widened the approach at Seaview and is completing the widening of the approach to Harbour. New bridge guardrail systems have been installed on both bridges, and existing bridge railing and columns are being modified to accommodate a 9.5-foot travel lane during strengthening operations. Guardrails will have reflectors installed, and the Electronic Message Boards will be put in place for advanced warning of the new 9.5-foot travel lanes that will accommodate the traffic on Harbour and Seaview bridges during Phase I demolition and strengthening work. The lane modification work is scheduled to be completed and traffic switched over by Aug. 6; after that, the Phase I demolition and reconstruction of the strengthened lanes will begin on both bridges.  

The current weight restriction will remain in place at both Harbour and Seaview Drive bridges until construction of the Phase I strengthened lanes is complete and the load calculations have been accepted by FDOT. The approximate date for the new lane opening with load ratings that reflect the Florida Legal Limit is Sept. 4. This date is contingent upon potential design changes that may be necessary once demolition has begun.

7/13 Update: Demolition of the south side of Bimini Drive Bridge is ongoing and American Empire Builders (AEB) has begun work on the construction of the temporary critical wall on the south side.  The contractor has mobilized and is setting up a larger crane to complete demolition of the south side and continue the installation of the wall.  Surveyors have completed the initial elevation surveys for the settlement monitoring program and will continue the survey throughout the duration of the project per specifications.  The contractor submitted additional information on the survey locations that was requested by the Engineer and it is being reviewed by KCA. The vibration monitoring system is in place to monitor vibration during the operation of any equipment that causes vibration.  Information will be provided to the Engineer for review as required by the project specifications.

FKAA’s contractor is onsite at the Bimini Drive Bridge and is working to confirm the location of the FKEC boring prior to the start of work. FKEC has a scheduled electrical shutdown planned for Wednesday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, during which time FKAA’s contractor will perform the boring for the water main on the north side of the Bimini Bridge. They plan to complete the bore this week and install the pipe and perform tie-in the week of July 19th.  Upon completion of the water main work, the contractor will proceed with the bores for the sewer and reclaimed water lines at Bimini Drive Bridge.

Florida Keys Electric Coop (FKEC) has completed the subaqueous installation of its line at both Bimini Drive and Harbour Drive Bridges and the overhead lines have been removed.  

AT&T and Comcast aerial lines will remain in place at Bimini Drive Bridge until the reconstruction of the south side is complete; the utilities will coordinate with the contractor as needed.

AEB and FKAA have completed the temporary relocation of the water, sewer, and reclaimed water line at Seaview Drive Bridge and the contractor is installing the platform to contain the demolition debris. AEB is fabricating guardrails and performing exploratory work in the bridge deck in advance of installing guardrails.  Once the guardrail is installed the demolition will begin.

The temporary relocation of the waterline at Harbor Drive Bridge is complete; AEB will install a second beam and FKAA will relocate the sewer and reclaimed water lines to it shortly. AEB is currently installing the guardrails on the Harbor Drive Bridge; once this is completed the demolition will begin.

The contractor had difficulty in obtaining supplies, specifically wood and the guardrail posts needed for the strengthening projects, which delayed the project by several weeks; they resolved the issue by fabricating the guardrail themselves and are working to maintain the revised estimated completion date for Phase I of the strengthening of Harbor Drive and Seaview Drive bridges at August 11, 2021.    

7/1 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) has begun demolishing the south side of the Bimini Drive bridge and is installing the beams for the temporary critical wall on the south side.   Surveyors completed the initial elevation surveys for the settlement monitoring program and will continue to survey throughout the project per specifications.

FKAA has informed the project team that the contractor who had planned to perform the subaqueous installation of its utilities at Bimini Drive Bridge will no longer be performing the work. They are in the process of procuring a new contractor and will expedite this as quickly as possible.

Florida Keys Electric Coop (FKEC) has completed the subaqueous installation of its line at Bimini Drive and Harbour Drive bridges, and the overhead lines are removed.  

AT&T and Comcast aerial lines will remain in place at Bimini Drive Bridge until the reconstruction of the south side is complete; the utilities will coordinate with the contractor as needed.

AEB and FKAA have completed the temporary relocation of the water lines at the Harbour Drive and Seaview Drive bridges to prepare for the first phase of strengthening.  The contractor has begun work on the two bridges; however, they have notified the County that the difficulty in obtaining supplies, specifically wood and the guardrail posts needed for the strengthening projects, is delaying the project.  

They anticipate that the completion date for Phase I of the strengthening of Harbor Drive and Seaview Drive bridges will be August 11 instead of July 26.   The contractor will expedite the work to the extent possible

6/18 Update: American Empire Builders mobilized its crane and has begun demolition of the south side of Bimini Drive Bridge and construction of the temporary critical wall on the south side.  

FKAA’s contractor for the subaqueous installation of its utilities at Bimini is scheduled to mobilize to the site on June 21 and begin work on June 28.

The contractor and FKAA have completed the temporary relocation of the water line at the Harbour Drive Bridge and have installed the temporary support beam and relocated the waterline at the Seaview Drive Bridge.  They will commence relocation of the sewer and reclaimed water lines shortly.

Florida Keys Electric Coop (FKEC) has completed the subaqueous installation of its line at both Bimini Drive and Harbour Drive Bridges and the overhead lines have been removed.  

AT&T and Comcast aerial lines will remain in place at Bimini Drive Bridge until the reconstruction of the south side is complete; the utilities will coordinate with the contractor as needed.

Residents should be advised that the contractor will be implementing revised maintenance of the traffic plan early during the week of June 21.  The revised traffic patterns will facilitate the subaqueous water and sewer line installation as well as create a safer work zone between the Bimini and Harbour Drive bridges.

6/1 Update: American Empire Builders is preparing the Bimini site to mobilize a crane so that construction of the temporary critical wall and the demolition of the south side of the bridge may begin. The crane will be moved into place and the contractor will begin to saw-cut the railing and bridge deck. Once a shipment of wood is received, the construction of the critical wall will begin.   

FKAA is coordinating with its contractor to perform the subaqueous installation of its utilities at Bimini; the anticipated mobilization date is June 15. The temporary footers and steel beams for temporary utility relocation have been installed at the Harbour Drive Bridge.  AEB and FKAA are coordinating on the best method for relocating FKAA lines to the steel beams. Once the work is completed at Harbour Drive, the contractor and FKAA will proceed to Seaview Drive Bridge. Florida Keys Electric Coop (FKEC) has completed the subaqueous installation of its line at both Bimini Drive and Harbour Drive bridges and the overhead lines have been removed. AT&T and Comcast aerial lines will remain in place at Bimini Drive Bridge until the reconstruction of the south side is complete.

As a reminder, the current weight limit on the Bimini Drive Bridge is the Florida Legal Loads; Harbour and Seaview Drive Bridges remain posted at a 4-ton weight limit.

5/24 Update: The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) completed temporary relocation of its sewer and reclaimed water lines at the Bimini Drive Bridge on May 12; they are working with their contractor to plan for the permanent subaqueous (underwater) installation of all three lines (water, sewer, and reclaimed water), which will occur soon at the Bimini Bridge. Florida Keys Electric Company (FKEC) has completed its subaqueous boring and installed conduit at the Bimini Bridge. American Empire Builders (AEB) is clearing and grubbing in anticipation of beginning construction of the temporary critical wall on the south side of the bridge. The contractor plans to construct a portion of the wall prior to beginning the demolition of the south side of the bridge. The contractor has begun the installation of the vibration monitoring equipment and will complete installation shortly.

AEB is constructing the concrete footers for the temporary relocation of FKAA lines at the Harbour and Seaview bridges. They will complete the concrete footers and install steel beams, which will support FKAA lines during demolition and reconstruction of the decks and superstructures of the two bridges. AEB and FKAA are coordinating so that FKAA can begin relocating its lines as soon as the temporary support is constructed. FKEC has completed is subaqueous boring and pulled its conduit at the Harbour Drive Bridge. FKEC does not need to perform relocation at the Seaview Drive Bridge.

5/7 Update: Traffic was shifted to the north side of Bimini Drive Bridge, and the weight limit was restored to the Florida Legal Limits on April 21. The contractor has installed and anchored the concrete barriers and is performing clearing and grubbing on the south side of the bridge. FKAA is temporarily relocating its utilities onto the barrier wall. Once the lines have been relocated, American Empire Builders will begin demolition of the south side of the bridge. FKEC has completed the subaqueous installation of the electrical conduit at Bimini Bridge; FKAA anticipates beginning the permanent subaqueous installation of the water, sewer, and reclaimed water lines at the Bimini Drive Bridge in two weeks.  

The contractor has ordered the steel beams and rebar needed to construct the support structure for the temporary utility relocation required for the interim strengthening work at Harbour and Seaview bridges. Over the next two weeks, the contractor will mobilize at the bridges to construct the concrete footers. The steel beams will be fabricated at the contractor’s yard and installed once the footers are complete. Coordination between FKAA and the contractor is ongoing so that relocation of the pipes may commence once the temporary support structure is complete. FKEC has mobilized at Harbour Drive Bridge and has completed the subaqueous boring and conduit installation at that location.  

4/21 Update: The temporary strengthening work on the north side of Bimini Drive Bridge is complete, and traffic was shifted over to the north side earlier today. The reduced weight limit restriction on the Bimini Drive Bridge is lifted, and the north side of the bridge can now support loads up to the Florida Legal Limits. The contractor has mobilized to the Harbor and Seaview Drive bridges to begin the interim strengthening projects on those two bridges; weight limits on those two bridges remain at 4 tons.

4/9 Update: American Empire Builders completed the concrete pour to strengthen the Bimini Drive bridge on April 8. The concrete will need to cure and strengthen before traffic can drive on it. The target date to open the north side of the bridge to traffic is Monday, April 19. When it opens, the vehicle weight limit on the Bimini Bridge will be returned to the Florida Legal loads.

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC) has been onsite at the Bimini Bridge performing directional drilling operations to install underwater electric lines. They anticipate completing the work by April 16, at which time the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) is planning to mobilize to begin the underwater installation of its utility lines.

Coordination and planning for the temporary work at the Harbor and Seaview bridges is ongoing. Once Bimini Drive Bridge is open to heavier traffic, the contractor and the utility companies will begin work at the two bridges. The initial work will temporarily relocate the utilities off of the existing structures so that the interim strengthening work can be performed.

3/24 Update: The temporary traffic signal at Schooner Drive is being removed. All remaining traffic signals are being reprogrammed to accommodate the removal of this signal and allow for quicker access across the Bimini Bridge. The roadway has been temporarily closed in this area as a result of safety concerns.  All traffic is to follow the detours onto Corsair Drive and use the traffic signal there to cross the bridge.

3/8 Update: At this week’s construction progress meeting, the contractor reported that the concrete pour last week completed the strengthening work on the Bimini Bridge abutments. He is currently installing brackets, hangers, reinforcing steel and temporary supports under the bridge to begin the beam strengthening work. The contractor anticipates pouring concrete to strengthen the beams in approximately two weeks. 

In addition, the preliminary engineering plans and calculations for the interim projects on the Harbor and Seaview bridges were approved by the County’s engineer and are being finalized.  The contractor is working with utilities to begin temporary relocations for the interim work and the County’s engineering consultant is coordinating with permitting agencies as needed. The work on these two bridges will be performed simultaneously and it will begin as soon as the temporary strengthening work on the Bimini Bridge is completed in early to mid-April.

Due to challenges presented by the greater span length of both bridges the interim work on the Harbor and Seaview bridges will consist of replacing the existing concrete beams and deck with steel beams and a heavy timber deck rather than strengthen the existing concrete. When the work is complete, the allowable weight limit will be increased to the Florida Legal Load limit instead of a 30-ton limit as initially anticipated. 

At the same meeting, the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority indicated that their contractor planned to mobilize at the Bimini Bridge the first week in April to begin the directional drilling work to install subaqueous water and sewer lines.   

2/25 Update: The interim strengthening work on the Bimini Drive Bridge is progressing. The contractor has completed the demolition of a portion of the east bridge abutment and has installed rebar and forms in preparation for concrete pouring.   Demolition of part of the west abutment and rebar installation is in progress and the contractor expects to complete concrete installation next week.  Upon completion of the temporary strengthening work on the abutments, the contractor will fabricate and install the temporary supports for the bridge beams and deck.

AEB has submitted preliminary engineering plans and calculations for the interim projects on Harbor and Seaview bridges to the county’s engineer for review and approval. Due to challenges presented by the greater span length of both bridges the contractor is proposing to replace the existing concrete beams and deck with steel beams and a heavy timber deck rather than strengthen the existing concrete. The benefit of this approach will be the elimination of the weight restriction instead of keeping a 30-ton limit as was initially anticipated, as well as a reduction of future demolition costs when the full replacement of Harbor and Seaview bridges is undertaken. Coordination with utilities for relocations that will be needed has begun and communication with permitting agencies for the work at Harbor and Seaview is ongoing. 

Project staff is evaluating alternatives for placing warning signs near the Seaview Bridge to alert boaters of the closure at Bimini Bridge before they travel down the canal.

Utility Relocation - FKEC Work Status

Several new poles have been installed near the project area as well as underground contractor tasks are being completed that are required to be done prior to the new Bimini Drive Bridge.  

  • The temporary overhead tie line will be constructed Feb. 17-19, weather permitting.  
  • The associated system reconfigurations will follow, tentative to start Feb. 22.
  • Underground contractor work going on north of the bridge and on Vista lane for the next week or two.

 For questions, contact: Michael J Roberge, Director of Engineering, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Office: 305-852-1034, Cell: 231-675-8500. 

Aerial view of the Duck Key bridges and islands affected


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors advised that three interior Duck Key bridges that affect Harbour Island, Plantation Island, and Yacht Club Island need to be replaced. 

Weight Restrictions

  • Bimini Drive Bridge: Florida Legal Limits
  • Harbour Drive Bridge: 4-ton weight limit
  • Seaview Bridge: 4-ton weight limit

The ratings for Harbour Drive and Seaview bridges are lower than the initial rapid analysis suggested. Signage has been replaced to notify residents and visitors of the change. County staff and design consultants are evaluating options to strengthen the two bridges for the interim period until the replacement of the bridges can take place. The County is providing weight certifications for Duck Key vehicles at the Long Key transfer station at no cost.

Marine Traffic Update: Bimini Bridge

The contractor has secured construction barges underneath the Bimini Drive bridge as of Jan. 21, 2021.  The barges will remain in place for the duration of the project and will block all marine traffic underneath the bridge until the anticipated project completion date of June 30, 2022. The contact person for the Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) consultant for this project can be submitted to keith.duke@wsp.com.

Timeline

The contractor is currently on-site working on the bridge strengthening phase of the Bimini Bridge with a tentative completion date of April 19, 2021. The date is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

The strengthening of Harbour Drive and Seaview bridges will occur after the Bimini bridge strengthening is completed.

The design team has finalized the construction plans for the bridge strengthening at Bimini Bridge and is in the design phases for the temporary strengthening for Harbor and Seaview bridges. The design team has already begun coordinating with the Coast Guard for approval since the installation of beams will reduce the clearance under those bridges.

Permits

Active unexpired building permits affected by the weight limits on Bimini, Seaview, and Harbour Drive bridges will not be required to get inspections until 180 days after a solution for delivery of materials is available. If someone with an open permit is able to proceed by other means before that time, they may do so.

Emergency Services

Emergency services are not affected by the bridge weight limits.

Utilities

Residential gas/propane, electric, water, and sewer services are not affected by the bridge weight limits. 

Garbage Service Updates

Monroe County is working with Marathon Garbage Service to provide additional options and revised services since garbage trucks cannot cross the three affected bridges. A modified smaller garbage truck will continue to service the areas over the Bimini Bridge, but those on the other side of Harbour Drive and Seaview bridges will need to continue to use the temporary collection site located on Kingston Drive between Exuma Street and Nassau Street. The temporary collection site has dumpsters for household garbage, yard waste, and recycling. Dumpsters at the temporary site are appropriately marked. Bring all household garbage in garbage bags for disposal. (Please, no open container dumping). The site is monitored. 

  1. There will be an attendant on-site when the gates are open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  2. Anyone found or identified dumping outside of the gates, will be fined $500 for illegal dumping. (Signage is posted.)
  3. For normal bulk pick up items (appliances, furniture, mattresses), contact Marathon Garbage Service at 305-743-5165. (Signage is posted.)
  4. NO CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS OR CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS ALLOWED.
  5. The trash site is for “Harbour and Yacht Club Islands Only.” (Signage is posted and the site attendant has a listing of addresses and owner's names.)

If you have an extenuating circumstance regarding the ability to use the collection site or concerns, contact Monroe County Solid Waste Management at 305-292-4432 or Marathon Garbage Service at 305-743-5165 to discuss.

Background

The Bimini Bridge, constructed in 1955, was already scheduled for replacement. County staff accelerated the bidding process for the Bimini Bridge with an estimated contract period to complete the replacement is 18 months. The County approved a strengthening plan for the existing north lane of the Bimini Bridge. This will allow one lane of traffic to cross while the south side of the permanent bridge is being constructed. The strengthened section will allow Florida legal weight limits to cross without a reduced weight load. Bimini Bridge affects Harbour, Plantation, and Yacht Club islands and also connects to the Harbour Drive and Seaview bridges.