Coast Guard Wants No Changes To Brickell Bridge Openings

The U.S. Coast Guard says that there shouldn’t be any changes made to the Brickell Bridge opening schedule at a meeting held yesterday, according to commissioner Ken Russell.

Currently, lockdown for rush hour periods are 7:35-8:59 a.m., 12:05-12:59 p.m. and 4:35-5:59 p.m, but the DDA has been fighting to extend those hours (even those curfews are regularly violated).

The Coast Guard, which regulates the bridge, has produced a report stating that extending those hours would negatively impact marine traffic The Coast Guard claims that the bridge would simply need to remain up longer after the curfew hours, so any extension wouldn’t help automotive or pedestrian traffic.

A DDA report came to a different conclusion.

Ultimately, both sides agree that a tunnel costing over $1 billion is needed.