Brickell Tunnel Could Be Added To 2040 Long-Range Plan

Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization may add a tunnel to Brickell to a long-range plan, according to Miami Today.

Last week, the TPO’s Transportation and Mobility Committee voted to recommend that the tunnel be added to the 2040 long-range transportation plan. It now goes to the full TPO board on September 14.

A study is needed for the county to apply for federal funding, and the board urged FDOT to conduct it.

Brickell and downtown generate $4.5 billion in sales tax revenue for the state alone, according to Miami commissioner Francis Suarez. Companies and real estate in downtown also likely generate huge sums of revenue for the state.

The downtown Miami land area is equal to about .005% of all of Florida, yet generates 5% of the state budget in sales tax revenue alone.

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Anonymous
3 years ago

this is the clearest sign yet why china will easily take over as the number one economy and provdes insight as to why…never would a 22 year gap be needed to accomplish this project… really sad what weve become and allowed to become…hope it changes

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes…the Chinese would’ve had BayLink built and running a decade ago when it was first proposed in 1998 or 99.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Here’s an idea: swap funding for the necessary “Signature” Bridge and put that money towards building the tunnel immediately.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s UNnecessary, dammit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Except it is necessary because the actual infrastructure is worn and compromised. The “signature” part is the designer special…well, since you already tore down a wall, might as well…

Anonymous
3 years ago

So we produce 10X the revenue, but we have to beg to have a bridge built in such an important economic center. I guess that is the great state of Florida for you.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe it’s time to finally secede from the state.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The rednecks in North Florida don’t want anything to do with South Florida anyway.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Those “rednecks” also have lower crime rates.

Anonymous
3 years ago

that’s because there’s less of them. per capita i doubt there is a large difference

Anonymous
3 years ago

No there is actually.

Suomynona
3 years ago

The reason Miami doesn’t have better infrastructure is because Miami politicians screw over their constituents. Plain and simple.

Seceding would be more trouble than it’s worth. But go on and saber rattle.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This means diddly squat.

Anonymous
3 years ago

why not a Ultra Long-Range Plan until 2080? More time for more studies…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Are you kidding?…2120, now that should be enough time for the preliminary study.

Marc305
3 years ago

“The downtown Miami land area is equal to about .005% of all of Florida, yet generates 5% of the state budget in sales tax revenue alone”…. And because of that we deserve a tunnel. But 2040? Seriously? My prepubescent nephew will be approaching middle age by then. This is pathetic even by Miami standards!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Welcome to the “Magic City.”

Suomynona
3 years ago

Where infrastructure progress is so slow, it’s as if someone put a magic spell on it to freeze time.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because if the bridge is underwater, then it’s a tunnel! I see what you did there…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Just disallowing the boats to pass through the bridge will do the job! Its just a ridiculously outdated BRIDGE.

Crystal Ball
3 years ago

Well before this plan gets implemented people will be able to travel to Orlando from Miami by hyperloop in 20 minutes.

BOA
3 years ago

I think Option 1 is the best option, just imagine the bridge gone, continuation of the Miami Circle Park all the way to the future site of One Brickell with a very nice riverwalk. Same thing happening on the downtown side right next to Epic. And possibly a Calatrava pedestrian bridge that would be operable when necessary something like the pedestrian bridge at Millennium Park in Chicago

Anonymous
3 years ago

I love it! Uber is going to have flying cars by 2040.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Seriously, automation and ride sharing are Miami’s only hope.

BOA
3 years ago

what? we had a major problem with traffic 5 years ago, today is purely chaotic; now they want us to wait till 2040? I have a better idea, let’s put a stop on the city development since our politicians are incapable to solve the problems of a developing city, or even better let’s all move to another city where politicians actually do their job

Marc306
3 years ago

It’s the cheapest option. By then, the current bridge will be underwater aka a tunnel!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Dang, you beat me to it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Comforting to hear the it “could” be added…

Anonymous
3 years ago

2040? It must be a typo error? City of Miami? Naaahhh!

Anonymous
3 years ago

2040?

By that time, they could have five bridges the height of the Metromover built over the Miami river by then.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It probably would be cheaper to just build another bridge and renovate the metromover in brickell to handle duel cars and extend the metromover in brickell.

Anonymous
3 years ago

20+ years to build a tunnel

Anonymous
3 years ago

They built a bigger tunnel in Havana in 1957… May be we need to bring Batista to help our local authorities to speed up this project.

Javi
3 years ago

Now, I am not the logistics guy nor a pessimist, but something to me doesn’t quite add up. I am all in for Miami to continue prospering whether with more highrises or general improvements to the city, but in a location such as Miami and given the threat of rising sea levels and the chance of flooding because of storms, aren’t tunnels, at least near the bay, kind of a bad idea for the city? I know one connects the port to the highway system, but… I hope I can make my point clear as to what I am trying to say.

Anonymous
3 years ago

they can be completely sealed from storm surge if needed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Drainage was invented in the 15th Century.