Construction to begin on Tamiami Trail on Monday

Lane closures begin today along a two-mile stretch of Tamiami Trail and could last several months, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins a project to construct a one-mile bridge on the trail.

The construction will begin two miles west of the intersection of Krome Avenue and Tamiami Trail, also known as Southwest Eighth Street, and continue two miles westward.

The road will remain passable throughout the construction, but drivers should expect delays as opposing lanes of traffic take turns moving through the construction area. Because there are so few roads in the area, the Corps is not recommending an alternate route.

The trail, originally built in the 1920s as a link between Miami and Tampa, is regarded as a threat to the Everglades.

The bridge will allow more free flow of water in the Everglades and contribute to the ecosystem's health, Corps spokeswoman Nanciann Regalado said.