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$802M Signature Bridge (& Double-Deck Highway) Given Notice to Proceed

$802M Signature Bridge (& Double-Deck Highway) Given Notice to Proceed

Contractors have been given the green light to begin construction on the Signature Bridge project, with a Notice To Proceed issued by FDOT yesterday.

The highlight of the project is the bridge design called the “Fountain,” which includes six sweeping arches that FDOT says will redefine Miami’s skyline.

Miami’s first double-deck highway will also be built on State Road 836, from NW 17th Avenue past the I-95 Interchange.

Underneath the bridge, a 55-acre park called Heritage Trail will be created, with the bridge itself to be elevated to allow in more sunlight.

Other improvements include an additional lane on 836. The 836 eastbound ramp to I-95 north, which has been a traffic choke point for decades, will finally be getting another lane.

Archer Western-de Moya Joint Venture is the contractor.

The project will take four years to complete, according to FDOT spokesperson Tish Burgher. An updated schedule is not yet available.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Cities all around the world are tearing down highways..

We are double decking and widening highways. We can’t get any transit expansion. Our county system is in a death spiral.

Miami is doomed.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please move to one of those cities.

Anonymous
Anonymous

PlEaSe MoVe To OnE oF tHoSe CiTiEs. Look at that double decking picture. Its the stupidest thing Ive seen in an urban area. We’re becoming worse than LA.

Anonymous
Anonymous

At least L.A is still expanding their light rail and metro systems. Miami is just rebuilding highways.

Anonymous
Anonymous

hence, worse than LA

Anonymous
Anonymous

Give them time. Supposedly, they’re planning some sort of rail or light rail. Additionally, we will soon have Tri rail and Brightline has just begun service. I think they’ve finally realized the importance of a good rapid transit system.

Rigo
Rigo

Give them time??!! LOLOL

Anonymous
Anonymous

They are adding Metro lines but ridership hsd taken a 12% dive

Anonymous
Anonymous

They’ve also done countless studies that have found that widening highways and adding lanes DOES NOT reduce traffic. FDOT is twisted. Do the bridge, build the park, but for gosh sake if you have the money fund mass transit rather than highway lanes

Anonymous
Anonymous

Widening highways adds more capacity and improves traffic flow for the existing number of vehicles. There will be relief without a doubt. At least in the short and mid-term.
Now, if we could educate people to KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT FOR PASSING our traffic flow would improve even more.

Anonymous
Anonymous

wrong, when highways are widened more drivers feel like they should use the highway, thus keeping traffic flow the same. look it up– plenty of research on it

Really???
Really???

I agree with this partly. If you widen highways you will have more capacity. Then additional people will choose the suburbs and fill that capacity and so in the overall scheme the traffic stays the same with more people in the suburbs.

However if you don’t widen highways traffic gets unbearable and so people move closer to jobs usually in downtown. You have more urban living people complaining and then they add mass transit to address their concerns.

So if people want to continue living in the suburbs then widening highways is the way to go. Really depends on what type of city people want to live in.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That freeway destroyed neighborhoods so that people could “choose to live in the suburbs” and commute in. You can’t act like there is no moral dimension to this.

Who
Who

Which cities are tearing down highways? I’d love to read into them and why

Anonymous
Anonymous

Boston and Portland.

Anonymous
Anonymous

DC, New York, Buffalo.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Boston didn’t get rid of their highway, they buried it underground and its been a huge headache for them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Actually its worked quite well. They patched the leaks, and now theres much more integration between the North End and Downtown. I would know. I lived there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

After years behind schedule and billions over budget. No thanks.

Anonymous
Anonymous

sounds pretty typical of miami so not sure what the difference would be

( . )( . )
( . )( . )

you are dead wrong in it not working in Boston…It has sparked a tremendous multi-billion dollar development surge along the “new greenway” that stretches several miles. Boston is far more walkable and connected now. It cost $14B, and was locally labeled the BIG PIG rather than the Big Dig, but its results are tremendous. That was sparked by great political leadership and backed by the business community that spanned both democratic and republican administrations.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Thirding in the success of the Boston Big Dig. It got rid of the biggest eyesore in the city (aka “the central ARTERY”) and has really promoted the walkability between areas. If the highway was still there, people would not be walking.

Suomynona
Suomynona

San Francisco, Dallas, Milwaukee, Seattle, Seoul, etc

Anonymous
Anonymous

How about you do a little research yourself, or do you still need to be spoon fed? It is common knowledge among transportation and urban planners.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Boston had their “big dig” project. Turned a highway dividing downtown into a massive and beautiful park. Highly suggest checking it out.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The “Big Dig” O’Neill Tunnel? The one with the leaks that has cost millions to repair? Oh yeah, we should get one of those.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No you’re right, lets keep highways dividing the city. Heck! Maybe we could TRIPLE STACK the next highway?!

Anonymous
Anonymous

How are all those containers going in and out of the port getting there without the 395?

Anonymous
Anonymous

hmm you’re right, guess we could have four highways stacked on top of each other. Trucks on the 4th level?

Anonymous
Anonymous

There are train tracks from the port that head out north and also west towards all the warehouses in Hialeah and Doral. They are the tracks that you see in front of the AAA.

marc
marc

Someone say “triple stack”? Now I’m hungry

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

And San Francisco

Anonymous
Anonymous

A *double-decker* highway no less.

Suomynona
Anon
Anon

Thank you. Very simple request not sure why it was met with such hostility.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Vancouver, BC

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most the “cities all around the world” are “tearing down highways” because they’re being replaced with tunnels. What do you propose replacing 836 with, a donkey cart train?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you work at Braman car dealership? Whats it to you if we move away from highways and toward mass transit?

Anonymous
Anonymous

How are emergency vehicles going to access the Venetian Islands and Mid Beach if there’s no road? I’m not saying we shouldn’t remove a lane for Metrorail, but a lot of these “tear it down” people don’t have any better of a vision than this bridge.

Oscar
Oscar

This bridge does not provide access to the Venetian Islands and I imagine emergency vehicles will take the Tuttle to get to Mid Beach.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I imagine a lot of people dead because the extra fifteen-plus minute to reach an emergency.

Anonymous
Anonymous

venetian islands are on the…venetian causeway, and 195 goes directly to mid-beach. Also, you may not be aware but Miami Beach has its own emergency vehicles, fire departments and hospitals.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What is to me?
Well, my taxes (especially gasoline taxes which amount to about 0.37 of EVERY gallon) go to build highways, and in addition to getting places. I am happy to pay this tax, so that Ambulances, fire trucks, semi-trucks carrying food to Publix, and the Uber Eats guy can drive stuff to those lemmings infatuated with mass-transit.
I never ask for anyone else to pay for my gasoline, pay for my car, pay for my car insurance, or pay for my highway tolls.
What is it to me if we “move away from highways and toward mass transit”?? You ask?
Well, you are asking me to pay for YOUR transportation of choice.
I never asked you to pay for mine.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My tax dollars go towards maintaining that free road in front of your single family home out in Kendall.

Really???
Really???

That simply isn’t true. We all pay for roads whether we drive or not.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2015/05/debunking-the-myth-that-only-drivers-pay-for-roads/393134/

And even when we do its completely unfair. For example people who live in dense urban areas pay the same rate but have substantially more people driving on the same roads. What ends up happening is that the people in the urban areas end up subsidizing the people who live in the rural areas.

Id rather have my excess gas tax money go to mass transit in the communities in which I live, thereby reducing traffic then have it go to subsidize people who want to live in the suburban/rural areas and unnecessarily clog the freeways because they want to drive and hour to work each day.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thanks for the link to the article. Sincerely.
It lacks mention of the tolls that dominate any route I use, like MDX or Express lanes.
(For what its worth, I live precisely 2 blocks from my office and walking distance from nearly anything I need.) Occassionally, I drive to FLL and pay Expressrolls, and occasionally drive to see family out west near the turnpike.

The point that highways uniquely facilitate emergency vehicles, commerce, and national defense is a reasonably argument in having everyone pay for them.

The day paramedics schlep a gurney up the broken escalator to the Metromover platform, wait….wait….wait.. and then wait to get around the inner loop to rescue someone, I may be alright with footing the bill for all these frivolous expansions of metro movers and metrorails.

If you have a problem with cars, take the bus. If the bus isn’t good enough for you, princess, pay the full COST yourself.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No driver in America pays “the full cost” themselves. They also get government subsidies and requirements (like how many parking spaces I have to build so I can open a bar?). Nobody is saying get rid of roads–emergency vehicles will be fine.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How would the Port of Miami function without the 395?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Don’t think a single comment here said anything about destroying 395, Mr. braman.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Cities all around the world are tearing down highways..”

Anonymous
Anonymous

and replacing them with tunnels, smart alec

Suomynona
Suomynona

I’m ok with the double-decking. It will help alleviate some of the MESS that is the 95/395/836 interchange by allowing easier east-west access and easier 836 to 95 north access. It will also allow for an easier rebuild of the aging 836 bridge over the River (which is documented in the report).

What I don’t like is the “signature bridge”. It’s beyond stupid. A “park” under an overpass is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I-395 should be underground (dig a ditch, doesn’t have to be a “tunnel”). That’s the only way to truly “re-connect” the area. Then you could have a real park-space above it. Not this half-butt, sure-to-do-nothing project they’re currently attempting.

Suomynona
Suomynona

But yes, in general, I’d rather not keep building more lanes of highways.

And I agree that Miami is doomed, if I’m being honest.

awo
awo

There is a good book called “A World More Concrete” about urban renewal in S. Florida and the first time they tried to put a park (Athalie Range Park) under I-395.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Very disappointed in Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. He said that he’d focus on mass transit and start construction of new rail lines. i’ve heard crickets from him

Anon
Anon

A bunch of fucking pessimists

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’ve heard of the silent majority but this group really has to be the loud minority. For all the hot air I read every time that an article appears pertaining to traffic I wonder how many of your blowhards really live what you preach. You would imagine that everyone here has given up their cars and are using the Metro and Buses to wherever they have to go. I grew up in the DC area and took the bus and the Metro through out my life, I would catch the 7:15 bus, get to the underground Metro with air conditioning and I would be in Dupont Circle in no time. Then I moved here and attempted to do the same, and for over 7 months I did just that. Taking the bus to the Metro was a hot mess, there is no schedule, they come when they come. Once I got to the Metro I had to wait outside in the humidity with no AC, sweating profusely, only to do the same while transferring to Tri Rail and then taking yet another bus once I got to the Hollywood station. Repeat only in reverse every afternoon. I am a very… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re the moron that takes trirail into Broward. Trirail is meant for suburbanites to commute to downtown Miami. Not the other way around. Plus many people would love to take public transportation if it wasn’t so crappy. Since you’re not from here, look up the half penny sales tax so you can see why most people in Dade are pissed off for being lied to.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I lived here to vote AGAINST the 1/2 cent tax, telling anyone who would listen that giving MORE money to politicians would promote graft and would not help traffic.
Not saying that im a genius…just saying that there is a major lack of common sense on this issue.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Using the 1/2 penny tax to extend the Fuc…ng slow motion trolleys is becoming the trend among the SW Miami political candidates. Wondering if they aware this is the year 2018.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s their third world mentality we’re witnessing.

Roberto
Roberto

I do not know of any developed country tearing down highways. As much as I love a good public transit network, highways are also necessary for a city to thrive. Miami has a big problem! First, even if we wanted to, It would take ages for the city to build a network of public transit like many of the other cities we all love to mention. While we build it we still have to rely on private transportation, like cars, Or the city would be chocked for eternity.
There has to be a balance of both, at least at the beginning in order to get to that point. And unfortunately, non of us will live to see it happen.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I get that FDOT and Miami-Dade transit are separate, but the Baylink train was projected to cost $530 million. With state funding we could’ve fully built that and been well on our way to knocking out another SMART corridor.

The state of Florida really has to redefine its priorities and get this state off of this highway motor vehicle craze. We’re becoming one of the most densely populated states… how about we act like it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Suburban mentality at its best.

Anonymous
Anonymous

this is what happens when you keep voting republicans. cities are secondary.

Anonymous
Anonymous

But Miami-Dade is heavily democratic…..

Anonymous
Anonymous

1-It doesn’t matter if they don’t take the time to vote.
2-Unfortunately most Democrats involved in politics in Miami are anti-development retired babyboomers from the coastal well-off neighborhoods. A Modern Public transportation system is their priority # 17.
3-We need younger more energetic candidates to get involve and fight to turn Miami’s urban core into a modern class A metropolitan center.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“We’re becoming one of the most densely populated states?” Heck, Florida is already the third most populated state in the nation.

Suomynona
Suomynona

Population is different than population density.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Alright Brainiac, if Florida is one of the ten most densely populated states and number three in population overall, what else does the state have to do to be in the “most densely populated category?”

Anonymous
Anonymous

this was the first ive heard of double decking and I know I’m not the only one …. maybe if they didnt make a spectacle out of this debacle of design wars they wouldnt have purposely distracted from that end of the design. Double decking is not a attractive design

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re very late then. I found out about this at least a month ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous

WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a dumb waste of money, it ain’t even over water

Anonymous
Anonymous

No shit a bridge is a bridge who said a bridge has to be over water

Joe
Joe

Can’t we use that money to pay teachers more or improve schooling?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, and MDCPS can reallocate its budget to fund transportation projects.

Suomynona
Suomynona

Cars are more important than children, dummy.

/sarcasm

Anonymous
Anonymous

Its from FDOT. So the state of Florida would have to reapproriate. The state is so backward with its funding I wish they would dispense the money to the cities and counties and let them figure out what they need

Anonymous
Anonymous

I already see myself flying by everyone on the viaduct skipping all those that back up traffic by stopping in every lane trying to reach I-95 north.

Anonymous
Anonymous

800 million? Just add that to the tunnel budget and skip the stupid bridge project that will “redefine” the Miami skyline.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Shut up you have zero knowledge about that money

Anonymous
Anonymous

Can Beckham use this 55 acres to offset his paving of Melreese park?

Anonymous
Anonymous

lmao I wouldn’t be surprised that he donates a little and those part under the highway would be considered 55 acres.

Suomynona
Suomynona

I certainly hope not.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Much needed project thatll help revitalize overtown and the arts district making the areas more walkable and the bridge will look stunning!! They say 4 years gotta add 50% minimum to every timeframe FDOT says tho…

Suomynona
Suomynona

LMAO wut?

Suomynona
Suomynona

“Highway revitalizes neighborhood! First time in history! Read all about it!”

Anonymous
Anonymous

The “project” will revitalize the area because it will raise the highway in order to creat more pedestrian friendly green space with the heritage park. You obviously did not read all that accurately about it…

Suomynona
Suomynona

Oh I’ve read more about it than you, I’m sure.

I’ve known about the “double decker” 836 project for a year now (because it’s IN THE REPORTS), for instance. Since almost everyone on here seems surprised by information that’s been around for a long time now.

Just because you want to believe it will revitalize the area doesn’t mean it will. “They” ALWAYS make the promise of revitalization and connectivity because it sounds good. Rarely does it happen as promised.

They need to rebuild the interchange for various reasons. I get it. It’ll be better than it was before. I believe that. Just don’t feed me this “park” bullshit.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh wow congrats on knowing about this for a year!! Your trophy is in the mail…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Would love to know how a bridge will revitalize a district? Greater connectivity to jobs, infrastructure, schools, and affordable housing could, a park and more concrete? Probably not.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Raising the highway will create a more open pedestrian friendly space called the Heritage Park in case you didn’t read the article…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Raising the highway will create a more open pedestrian friendly space called the Heritage Park in case you didnt read the article…

Anonymous
Anonymous

And a park under a highway is going to revolutionize overtown? WOW, didnt know it was that simple. Lets start building parks in Baltimore and Detroit too!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Its not that easy but its a start, the key word is “help”

Suomynona
Suomynona

“Park” lol

Maybe the red hot chili peppers will play a concert “under the bridge” for the grand opening.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What is the targeted completion date.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The article says it will take 4 years to complete. 2022.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well I hope I see cranes in the ground before the year ends.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The great news just never ends. Winning.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Needs more parking. Where are all those park visitors going to park their cars?

marc
marc

Plenty of parking during rush hour.

Anonymous
Anonymous

NO PARKING.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Park somewhere else and Use the metromover

Anonymous
Anonymous

The one that constantly breaks down and has almost no stops?!! Would be nice if Miami would an more than one car on the Brickell loop. Between all the people and the construction workers, it gets packed. Miami needs to come into the future and have more trains if they want to think they are a city like NYC or Chicago.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’d like to see it upgraded to something like the Tokyo Yurikamome and Vancouver SkyTrain rather than the current dingbat minibuses.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Then watch them charge us EXPRESS Lane tolls to go on this monstrosity. Oh the audacity!

Anon
Anon

If only people would exercise as much passion in voting for their elected officials who make these decisions as they do in the comments section of a real estate blog

Suomynona
Suomynona

I vote. And actually live in Miami proper, within walking distance of most of these projects.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Change is coming! Higgens didnt get elected by chance my friend.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It depends on what you call “changes”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Was the lawsuit dropped?

marc
marc

The judge ruled against them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Finally they will build it !

Haussmann
Haussmann

Best way to ameliorate the resulting severance of urban areas is to add a vast permanent open market (similar to London’s Borough Market) under the bridge near Biscayne Blvd. It will connect pedestrians from Parkwest with Edgewater. The overpass will shelter people from the sun and partially from the rain. We have no open markets for artisan and boutique sellers sufficient to our City.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not happy about this bridge but there is nothing anybody can do about it now. However, I do like their design for running the MetroMover over 395.

Oscar
Oscar

Doesn’t the MetroMover already run over 395?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, but not like this.

Anonymous
Anonymous

this sucks for the marquis miami units adjacent to the i-395

Anonymous
Anonymous

Who cares

Eric J. Snyder
Eric J. Snyder

OK, let me soak this all in. It’s 2018, Miami approves an 800+ million dollar double-decker bridge to service Miami Beach.Ummmm, aren’t cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston spending millions to tear down double decker highways? Miami is not going to be a “world class City” like they promote themselves to be, until the City and County start looking at what other cities are doing in 2018, instead of what they did in 1958! Again, low state funding for education breeds lowly educated city and county reps. Sad.

Anonymous
Anonymous

We are Mimai we do what we need to do let them cities do what they need to do. So you think those cities tearing down highways an not replacing it with something? You think they are doing it because there are less cars on the road? No! Cars will never be obsolete so we will still need roads. We don’t know the reason they are but we know we need road upgrades to alleviate traffic congestion in Miami.

David T
David T

Can we please add a Metromover line underneath and make this project worth while for the future of Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh yes, in the renderings you can have 5 metromover lines. You can have all those things in the planning phase.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This will be a fun show to watch from my Balcony
*Pops popcorn

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol, the giant spider is going to get built…..

ILoveMiami
ILoveMiami

La Tour Eiffel est une monstruosite. Ca va ruiner Paris. IL NE DEVRAIT PAS ETRE CONSTRIIT! Mon Dieu!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami winning!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Everybody keeps talking about rail we need more rail well thats great. My question is exactly how many of you fake complainers will use it? How many of you fake complainers use it now? You guys complain about everything! You sit here an complain about more raod being built an even repaired roads you complain. Do you see any rail being build anytime soon? Hell no! That may not happen for another 10 years! So should all efforts to upgrade roads be abandoned for 10 plus years for rail that I bet 70% of you won’t ride? You all act like this project is a waste of time, it will improve things until finally one day we do have a better rail system. Stop complaining all the damn time because things aren’t being done the way you want them to be done!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is a much needed safety improvement, aesthetic improvement, and will improve the flow of traffic.

Anyone who still does not understand why, please take a walk along I-395 on the North side (or the South side) from the waterfront (where the dude ate the other dude’s face off) to where 395 and I-95 meet. It’s a little over a mile.

Suomynona
Suomynona

That’s dumb.

I had no idea it was such a heavily walked corridor lmao

Anonymous
Anonymous

More parks, less parking, buildings are too short, buildings look like boxes, public transit, blah blah blah, same BS in every comment section. Can we get the option to turn off or hide the comment section?

Anonymous
Anonymous

YOU don’t have to read them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

WAAHHH people have an opinion and are having a discussion, WAAAAAHH

Anonymous
Anonymous

A lot of us come here just for the comment section