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This Is Why The Brickell Avenue Bridge Keeps Opening During Heavy Traffic

Wondering why the Brickell Avenue bridge is constantly opening and closing throughout the day, causing gridlock and economic damage to one of the most important financial districts in America?

FDOT insists on raising the bridge throughout the day so as to not impede commerce on the river, but while the business that takes place in Brickell is of high value, the commerce that takes place down river is often shady and of low value.

The bridge opens every hour and half-hour during non-curfew hours, but freighters such as the one below are not subject to restrictions.

A study also showed that FDOT has been breaking rules and opening the bridge for pleasure craft outside of allowable times.

 

low value used goods and cars (sometimes stolen) are being shipped to haiti and other caribbean islands:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Whether it has been through lack of funding for mass transit projects, or for waste and corruption like this, the FDOT, Jim Boxold, and Jim Wolfe do not have Miami’s best interests at hand.

If anyone is angry about the FDOT continually screwing Miami over with increased tolls, useless express lanes, and a silly bridge over projects that might actually improve traffic and Miami’s quality of life, then write to the head of the district::

Jim Wolfe
1000 N.W. 111 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33172
(305) 470-5197

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(305) 470-5349, Toll Free 1-800-435-2368

Anonymous
Anonymous

The real problem is that any vessel can claim an emergency and the bridge is REQUIRED to open for them at any time. No doubt this right is being abused.

Anonymous
Anonymous

FDOT should scrap the waste of money “signature bridge” for a Brickell Avenue tunnel under the river. This would be a better use of resources then a vanity project that does nothing to alieviate the growing pains of this city

suomynona
suomynona

Every bridge from Brickell Ave to NW 5th St needs to be underground.

The cost of the tunnels will be paid for in time just by getting rid of the hours wasted sitting in traffic at drawbridge crossings.

marc
marc

500 mil would only pay for half of a tunnel. Where would the rest come from?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you for bringing this phenomenon out in the light. I have always been dismayed at the bridge openings during rush hour. There is a sign posted at the foot of the bridges that states the timed openings and for “emergency vessels” during rush hour. Yet, I see sail boats and pleasure craft cruising through during rush hour. It truly disgusts me.

There have been roundtables and discussions and summits on how to address traffic in Miami and simple fixes like bridge openings could have a major impact.

Thanks to the Anonymous reader who pointed out who is responsible for the bridges. I found an email address for Wolfe and will definitely send a note. Hopefully many readers will do the same so that his email box is flooded with concerns about the bridge openings.
james.wolfe@dot.state.fl.us

Anonymous
Anonymous

Take the Metrorail… not subject to bridge openings.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because you can’t get there from here on MetroRail – Duh.

New Miamian
New Miamian

We should shut down commerce so yuppies can get to their yoga classes without falling so low as to use public transportation!

Anono
Anono

As someone who lives on the river in Brickell, it amazes me how often the 2nd ave bridge opens. Has to be more often than every 30 minutes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

could they just build a bridge high enough for boats to go under? that would be a whole lot less money then a tunnel

aceraroja
aceraroja

Wow cool hit piece on the tons of legitimate business going on on the Miami River. Sure, pleasure craft shouldn’t be able to command the bridge go up whenever they feel like it, but scheduled openings for barges and boats up and down the river are WHY there are draw bridges. If there were no significant economic activity on the river, do you think these bridges would open at all? Or do you think FDOT officials are secretly invested in shipping stolen car parts to Haiti?

Also, gtfo your stupid car, or do the 95 loop like everyone else haha

Smart Miami Solutions
Smart Miami Solutions

Bridge openings should be limited to “TRUE” emergencies weekdays between 7am and 9am and 4pm and 6pm…..normal schedule otherwise. City and County officials WE ARE LOOKING AT YOU TO FIX THIS!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It sucks that it is 8:15-8:21 during rush hour that the Brickell bridge goes up .
Beyond idiots running this schedule.

Aj
Aj

That’s why I hate visiting anyone in brickell. When out of Towners ask my advice to buy or rent, I tell them in this order 1.edgewater 2. Midtown 3. Downtown 4. Design district/ wynwood 5. South beach. NEVER Brickell. I tell them to avoid Brickell at all cost.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Trump will fix it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And Tampa will pay for it. Its gonna be great, this I can tell you.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“one of the most important financial districts in America”… That’s a bit dramatic

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is one of the most important financial districts in the Western hemisphere, but go ahead and hate miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Still don’t understand why anyone would live in Brickell. Everytime I go there it takes me 15-30mins despite being only 3 miles away.

Who was the genius that decided to build a financial district in an area with only one freeway access and 2 draw bridges connecting to it?

With BCC and the rest of the new constructions it’s gonna get even worse.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Take Metrorail and Metromover
It takes you 30 minutes because you don’t get out of your car

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe it takes you 30 mins to go there despite being only 50 feet away because duh it’s the place to be and everybody wants to be there. Go back to west Kendall, no traffic and plenty of open spaces for you to have fun by yourself.

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