MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach commuters will have to pack their patience come Monday. That’s because the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will begin its 28-month construction project on Alton Road from Fifth Street to Michigan Avenue.

The $32 million project will provide a new drainage system for storm water drainage in area; construct sidewalk extensions; rebuild roadway, driveways, sidewalk and pedestrian ramps; replace traffic and pedestrian signals at intersections; install new signage and pavement markings; install new street lighting and install new landscaping and irrigation.

The first area where roadwork will happen is the northern section of the project, from Dade Boulevard north to Michigan, according to the Miami Herald.

By the week of April 8,work crews will begin excavating the roadway, installing the new water main and setting up temporary street lighting. During the construction, one express lane will be closed, either northbound or southbound.

During construction, the southbound left turn lane on Alton Road at Dade Boulevard will be converted to a through travel lane in order to keep traffic moving. By the end of April, the excavation work will extend south to 17th Street said the paper.

While workers prepare for underground drainage works on 5th, 10th, and 14th streets. Lanes may be closed between Alton and West Avenue and West and Bay Road.

The Florida Department of Transportation said the project will be completed in August 2015 and workers will do what they can to minimize construction delays on the road.

The Miami Herald has contributed to this report.


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