Key Biscayne Bridges To Undergo Safety Changes

A second white line with vibratory ridges will be added to the bike lanes on the Rickenbacker Causeway’s three bridges

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    NBCMiami.com

    In the wake of the death of cyclist Aaron Cohen, who was killed during a hit-and-run accident on Key Biscayne’s Rickenbacker Causeway in February, Miami-Dade County officials said they have planned modifications of the roads to ensure cyclist safety.

    A second white line with vibratory ridges will be added to the bike lanes on the Rickenbacker Causeway’s three bridges, The Miami Herald reported. The work is expected to begin Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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    Assistant director of engineering Jeff Cohen said the ridges will widen the bike lane and also warn motorists to stay away.

    “It reinforces the message that you’re not supposed to cross the line,” Cohen was quoted as saying..

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    He also said the stripes, which will be installed on William Powell, Bear Cut and West bridges, are 30 inches apart so that bikers can maneuver out of them if needed, according to the paper.

    The stripes and heightened enforcement were short-term fixes, but the county also has plans to redesign the roads, discuss the speed limit and add a barrier between cyclists and motorists.

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    Aaron Cohen, 36, who was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital following the Wednesday morning crash, died of his injuries Thursday, officials said. Miami Police say 25-year-old Michele Traverso turned himself in late Wednesday night with his attorney after officers found his badly damaged car. In bond court Thursday afternoon, the driving with a suspended license charge was dismissed, but Traverso was ordered held overnight on a separate marijuana possession charge. His bond was set at $10,000 for the leaving the scene of an accident charge and he will appear in court Friday to face the drug possession charge. “My client feels horrible about what happened,” said Traverso’s attorney, Ramon de la Cabada. (Published Thursday, Feb 16, 2012)

    The vibratory ridges are expected to be completed by the end of the day Tuesday.