by Noel Weaver
I had a very nice tour of the Downtown Lead as well as the Port of Miami Drawbridge yesterday (Saturday, September 24th). Believe me when I say this railroad is GOING PLACES. The trackwork is well underway with much of the old track completely torn up and new track also in place starting south to north. 136 Pound rail, concrete ties, new crossing protection, completely restored drawbridge and much, much more will result in a thoroughly modern rail route to the Port of Miami. A big increase in container traffic is expect at both Miami and Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and the Florida East Coast fully intends to be involved in handling this increase in traffic. Work on the county owned railroad drawbridge to the Port of Miami will be handled by the Florida East Coast and is expected to begin later this fall. Much work will need to take place in order to use this bridge but rest assurred that this work will be done. Even yesterday they had three or four gangs working on the track downtown. I liked what I saw yesterday and heard last night from high officials on the FEC as well. A great day and great time too.