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55 Acre Heritage Trail Planned Under Elevated Signature Bridge

Downtown Miami could soon be getting a 1.2-mile long community space called Heritage Trail underneath I-395.

According to the winning proposal for the Signature Bridge selected by FDOT last week, a 55-acre space will be created. The new trail will “stitch” together the surrounding communities that were once divided by the construction of I-395 and I-95.

The bridge will be elevated up to 44 feet higher than the minimum requested by FDOT in order to create an open area underneath.

Some of the features along the 1.2-mile trail will include:

  • Several multi-purpose plazas, with sculptures and artwork and amphitheater
  • Interactive fountains and water features
  • An urban Tropical Rockwood Hammock forest
  • Market plaza with food and craft spaces and music performances
  • Pedestrian Bridge to connect across railroad tracks
  • Dog park, playground, multi-use courts, and outdoor training equipment

Construction is expected to begin in late 2017, barring any delay caused by a bid protest.

PlusUrbia Design created the plans for Heritage Trail.

 


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Marc305
Marc305

Having lived at the Venetia and at The Grand for many years and remembering very well all the nasty buildings that used to be just south of the Sears Tower, this area has come a long way and this project is well overdue. If done right this project will improve the area tremendously, add to that all the new projects by the Melos and Brightline and Miami of the 2020’s will look much better than it does today.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If this is so great, where’s the proposal to turn I-95 from 195 south to Brickell into a bridge?

Oscar
Oscar

Where’s the proposal to turn you into a bridge?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I have to be honest guys I was a little worried about this bridge judging by how the design looked that the kept showing. Looking at this design they choose im very impressed they actual choose a design that looks freaking awsome!!!

Gables
Gables

I’m getting much more excited about this project. Looks good.

Anonymous
Anonymous

In 5 years, this area hands down best area in Miami. Can’t wait!

Anonymous
Anonymous

5-10 yrs. downtown will stretch from Brickell to Miami Design District

suomynona
suomynona

The unkempt area underneath this overpass will be the best area in town?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wonderful

Okay okay
Okay okay

Very impressive.

Mr. Cromwell
Mr. Cromwell

A nature trail under a highway overpass? I ain’t no botanist but don’t trees need sun light? What they should do is add something like London’s Borough Market, close to Museum Park and the PAC. It would be brilliant.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s a nice idea..

Anonymous
Anonymous

There are artificial lights that are used for plants and grass and all. I forgot what they are called but they have them installed at Hard Rock Stadium so the field grass can stay green and healthy.

suomynona
suomynona

You think they’re going to install special lighting for plants under an overpass? No chance.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bridge will be 65′ overhead. Plenty of light for landscape.

Cpt. Obvious
Cpt. Obvious

And there will be no need for expensive irrigation because the rain will penetrate the 65′ tall highway.

MidsideKing
MidsideKing

What security company will be hired to keep out the vagrants? Better be Haliburton…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Everything they will do there is good…… better that how it is right now !

PROCALC
PROCALC
Ok the bridge idea is so useless since we don’t need a bridge, we need a tunnel. But let’s say we already lost that battle. I believe they picked the best design for what they received since most of them, or maybe all of them were a little lame. However, the park design is total garbage. I don’t know what you all think but on my opinion every time they try to do a landscape project in Miami we end up with washed down versions of the original intention. Look at the redone of Biscayne Boulevard, Museum Park, or even the latest works at Bicentennial Park. I hear every single of these projects have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the end result lacks on urban scale and quality. Let’s look at Boston, Chicago, NYC, DC, or even Houston; all these cities have better parks. I am personally sick the red paver, the palm trees, the so called ‘public art’ and the color change led lighting. No more cheese, they need to hire a real landscape firm to a good job…and by the way the ‘Heritage Trail’ name is so obviously ‘politically correct’ that it ends up being incorrect….just… Read more »
MiamiHurricane
MiamiHurricane

Yeah they really fell smack down on the pavement with parks, especially with the parcel behind American Airlines.

Museum park has promise though, it feels very safe and clean.

Anonymous
Anonymous

1000% right, Miami has the worst parks in the world, and not enough of them.

suomynona
suomynona

Agreed. This “park” is going to be a joke. This project isn’t going to do anything to improve connectivity and activation of space. I assume it will improve traffic on the highway, but they don’t need to spend all this money to do that.

Anonymous
Anonymous

But people on here said this won’t help connectivity at all…

Anonymous
Anonymous

I still don’t think it will do a darn thing.

“Hey Bobby Sue, let’s go play under the bridge. That sounds like fun!”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Of all the fresh market places we have this is where they should all be established maybe?. That and kiosks type places w coffee / juice shops?

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a disgrace, every silly landscape design gimmick ever proposed, and all mashed together into a senseless mess…we need real parks with real trees and solid designs that are lasting like in real American cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia…..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Too bad the new Brightline train has created a wall that divides the area just south of 395.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The new Brightline “wall” is not continuous…there is a break at each block. It actually lifts the railroad from ground level allowing people to cross from Overtown on the sidewalks without crossing any potentially hazardous tracks.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Could have been built with piers instead of a solid earth wall.

Gables
Gables

Excellent point.

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