Miami Beach is one step closer to its goal of a continuous pedestrian path spanning the entire length of the city, after another section of beachwalk opened last week in South Beach.
For now, the beachwalk spans from South Pointe Park to 46th street, with the city opening a new section from 3rd to 5th street (part of that path is a wooden boardwalk).
Earlier this year, the city opened 11 new blocks of beachwalk at 53rd Street. That path now runs from 53rd to 79th Street.
The missing link from 46th Street to 53rd Street is on track to open in May, according to Mayor Dan Gelber. That would mean a continuous path from South Pointe to 79th Street will be in place.
Over the summer though, part of that path will be temporarily lost when the wooden boardwalk from 24th to 45th Street is torn down for replacement. It will be rebuilt with a beachwalk path similar to the rest of the city, which also will allow for bike riders.
The final section will bring the path all the way to the northern border with Surfside, from 79th Street to 87th Street. Construction on that span will begin toward the end of 2019, with completion in early 2021.
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Residents and their (very photogenic) dogs were out in force on a beautiful morning as @miamibeachnews opened a new section of the beachwalk from 3rd to 5th street. Extra thanks to Vice Mayor @beachjoy15 , and the other Commissioners, who attended in my stead. Here’s a summary of where things stand on the beachwalk. Today’s ribbon-cutting marks 40-50% completion of the total beachwalk/baywalk project, which began in 2007. When completed it will allow residents and visitors to walk or bike the whole city on the beach and bay, and the remaining sections of the beachwalk are expected to be completed in just 2 years. The City is currently working on the Mid-Beach Recreational Corridor, from 46th to 53rd Streets, with an estimated completion in May. The next section, the boardwalk replacement project from 24th to 45th street, is scheduled to start this summer. That leaves our final beachwalk section to be completed, from 79th street to 87th street in #NorthBeach, commencing toward the end of the year, and expected to be completed early 2021. #MiamiBeach #MBWorkingForYou