The South Miami Avenue Bascule Bridge crosses the Miami River about a half-mile west of Brickell Point. The bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 21 feet and 90 feet of horizontal clearance in the center span. The bridge operates on a restricted schedule. The bridge is closed Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 4:30 to 6 p.m.. The bridge opens on demand at all other times.
Depending on schedule, the bridge can be opened by horn signal (one long, one short) or by hailing the bridge tender on VHF Channel 09. (All bridges in the state of Florida must be hailed on VHF Channel 09.)