$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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

Please move to one of those cities.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

hence, worse than LA

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

Give them time??!! LOLOL

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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???
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

Boston and Portland.

Anonymous
3 years ago

DC, New York, Buffalo.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

( . )( . )
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

And San Francisco

Anonymous
3 years ago

A *double-decker* highway no less.

Anon
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

Vancouver, BC

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Really???
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

How would the Port of Miami function without the 395?

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

and replacing them with tunnels, smart alec

Suomynona
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

A bunch of fucking pessimists

Anonymous
3 years ago

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 clean person but I got written up twice because my clothes were soaked in sweat, so I began to bring a change of clothes but it only got worse in the summer. After 7 months I had enough and I have been driving ever since. If all you loud mouths really do take public transportation every day then keep on preaching. I you are a bunch of hypocrites, they way I think most of you are, please shut the hell up.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Roberto
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

Suburban mentality at its best.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

But Miami-Dade is heavily democratic…..

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Suomynona
3 years ago

Population is different than population density.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Joe
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Suomynona
3 years ago

Cars are more important than children, dummy.

/sarcasm

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

Shut up you have zero knowledge about that money

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Suomynona
3 years ago

I certainly hope not.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

LMAO wut?

Suomynona
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Suomynona
3 years ago

“Park” lol

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

What is the targeted completion date.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

The great news just never ends. Winning.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

marc
3 years ago

Plenty of parking during rush hour.

Anonymous
3 years ago

NO PARKING.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Park somewhere else and Use the metromover

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anon
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

It depends on what you call “changes”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Was the lawsuit dropped?

marc
3 years ago

The judge ruled against them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Finally they will build it !

Haussmann
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

Doesn’t the MetroMover already run over 395?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes, but not like this.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

Who cares

Eric J. Snyder
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami winning!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

That’s dumb.

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

YOU don’t have to read them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

A lot of us come here just for the comment section