By Bruce J. Clark, SCS Engineers
In 2015, the City of Miami Beach Public Works Department took the initiative to raise about 4,200 feet of asphalt streets. It’s also implementing a master plan developed in 2014 to protect the homes and livelihoods of 88,000 residents and $50 million in taxes.
Several U.S. cities are exploring how global climate trends could affect local infrastructure, but Miami Beach is the nation’s first city to face the reality of rising sea levels. Consequently, the city is providing others with unique insight. In the words of City Engineer Bruce Mowry, “There’s no playbook for these solutions.”