A Breakdown Of Differences Between Fountain & Dancer Proposals For Signature Bridge

Here are some key differences between the two top-ranked Signature Bridge proposals, Fountain and Dancers, as analyzed by Andres Viglucci.

Fountain came out on top in FDOT’s rankings by just half a point.

  • Dancers has a new 3-acre park that would connect the Arsht Center with Museum Park and Metromover (and eventually a Beach Link stop), enabled by extending the cable-suspended bridge further east. Under the Fountain proposal, Museum Park remains blocked from Biscayne Boulevard by a support embankment.
  • Fountain clearance above Biscayne Boulevard is 27 feet, compared to 24 feet for Dancers. Overall length of bridge suspension for Dancers is longer though at 980 feet long, compared to 936 feet for Fountain, and the Dancer designers claim they are using a beveled design to allow more light and reduce sound underneath.
  • Dancers has two “sculptures” that top off at 350 feet above ground, compared to the tallest arch of 330 feet above ground for Fountain
  • Dancers widens the space between the eastbound and westbound bridge spans to 130 feet, reducing visual impact, allowing for open air in between, and eliminating the need to close and tear down an active bridge during construction. Fountain keeps the separation about the same as it is now.
  • Dancers entirely replaces a massive support embankment just west of North Miami Avenue with columns, allowing for a 2-acre open space. Fountain will still keep part of the earthen plug, resulting in less open space
  • Fountain would raise the western end of the project to 60 feet above ground (also thanks to the viaduct), versus the 30 feet proposed by Dancers, enabling more trees and light. As it moves east, both proposals end up at the same height.
  • Fountain would complete construction in four years instead of the five planned by Dancers, by building a separate viaduct for cars. The viaduct would also reduce the impact of construction on expressway drivers.

 

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

‘Dancers’ connects Museum Park to the Arsht center with 3 acres of new park – and has bayfront access. Clearly a better plan.

Yohan Perez
4 years ago

The public area below the Dancers look bright and modern. The spider design copied from Brasilia looks dated.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Dancers
Anything but that tacky spider.

Oscar
4 years ago

Dancer proposal seems better to me.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I to would prefer the Dancer proposal more.

Funny, we can’t get some “real fountains” but they’ll give us a giant facsimile of one and call it a bridge….gimme a break!

Miami Hurricane
4 years ago

I’m still at a loss at the people in these renderings. Like a casual sunday stroll to the park under the highway in lieu of the new park under the trian tracks which would be over museum park. All for the green space, but still see it useless unless they go underground e.g. Dallas and Boston.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Dancers has a 3 acre bayfront park…end of discussion.

anonymous rex
4 years ago

#teamfountain

Anonymous
4 years ago

…you mean #teamgiantspider

LongMIA
4 years ago

#teamfountain*

*If teamfountain revises the plans to connect the Museum Park side with the Arsht side, and opens up a clear path for Overtown

Marc305
4 years ago

Wait, didn’t the Fountain project already get accepted? Why are we still discussing the Dancer proposal? I am with Anonymous #teamfountain.

suomynona
4 years ago

This site is milking the crap out of the bridge for as much as they can.

suomynona
4 years ago

Oh, and neither are going to do much good for the “connectivity” of the surrounding community. So I wouldn’t care if the signature bridge is just a turd-on-a-stick. I just hope traffic flows better, like they’re claiming.

Anonymous
4 years ago

All these beautiful images are filled with relaxed pedestrians that hang out.
I am skeptical about people ‘hanging out’ right next to the highway. Or skeptical about people hanging out’ in that area in general. Even Biscayne park, which is beautiful, rarely show that.
The closest idea to it would be Margaret Pace Park, where locals walk their dog, and go for a run.
Maybe a nice long-term risky speculation. In my opinion, those area’s will stay free of pedestrians for a long time.

Anonymous
4 years ago

#teamfountain

Anonymous
4 years ago

The only thing dancer has over fountain is more open space. Fountain looks better and has more of a WOW factor while dancer is more plain and common.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Hillary lost the election, and it’s not because of the Russians , Just build the fountain bridge and forget all the conspiracy theories about why dancers lost, we need more of these infrastructure project to get built and less bickering to delay projects like this one

Anonymous
4 years ago

Fountain looks like a bridge, but is original. Dancers has a stupid childish motif and Fluor-Astaldi-MCM proved themselves as sore losers calling the bidding process a conspiracy. I don’t understand why either uses African-related stuff, considering the fact Overtown is located the other side of I-95, and could use such cultural investment instead.