- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Miami’s Venetian Causeway is shutting down for repairs for at least nine months.

The westernmost stretch of the bridge will close Monday at midnight for a $12.4 renovation million project. Officials say 730 feet of weakened bridge closest to Miami currently patched by metal plates will be replaced. The closure will seal off direct access from the mainland to the Venetian Islands and Miami Beach.

After a hole opened up last year on the 90-year-old structure, the county declared the repairs an emergency.

Built in 1927, the Venetian Causeway is considered both a local and federal historic landmark. In 1989, the federal government listed the causeway on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contractor GLF Construction says it should finish the job sometime between December and February 2016.

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