Claim: FDOT Rigged Signature Bridge Bidding Process To Favor Inferior Design

The Florida Department of Transportation “jerry-rigged” the Signature Bridge evaluation process, a Miami politician claims, according to Andres Viglucci.

Former commissioner Marc Sarnoff alleges that FDOT skewed the selection process, resulting in an aesthetically inferior proposal receiving top ranking.

By giving FDOT’s technical engineers scores a higher weighting, the agency managed to give a first place rating to a design that a local aesthetic committee gave low ratings. One member, Arsht Center director John Richard, gave FDOT’s top-ranked bid a “poor” aesthetic rating.

FDOT delayed a meeting that had been scheduled for Monday after receiving protest letters from Sarnoff and the second-ranked team.

FDOT has refused to publicly release the proposals, arguing that they fall under the competitive bidding process “cone of silence.”

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

This so-called “bridge” needs to be buried underground like the initial proposals called for. FDOT needs to stop being so cheap and think about long-term solutions, instead of putting lipstick on a pig.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The big dig.. Miami style

Anonymous
3 years ago

Let’s waste an unlimited amount of money!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Go look at the economic development spurred by the Big Dig. I’ll wait.

suomynona
3 years ago

BIG DIG. BIG DIG. BIG DIG. BIG DIG. BIG DIG. BIG DIG. BIG DIG.

suomynona
3 years ago

No matter what the design is, this “bridge” will suck. It will do very little to “connect” the communities north and south of it. It’s a waste of money and time, quite frankly.

Marc305
3 years ago

“putting lipstick on a pig” … Best comment I have read so far. Completely agree, burry it!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ohhh, What a mess. You see ? This wouldn’t happen if the money for the bridge would of gone to something useful like let’s say, expanding metrotail?……cough..

Anonymous
3 years ago

shessh…one more time for you people who can’t understand…THE METRORAIL IS A CITY AND COUNTY OWNED AND CONTROLLED CONCEPT…THE FDOT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT NOR CONTROL OF IT!

Anonymous
3 years ago

But if I just irrationally complain, surely something will be done!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can you explain it a couple more times please. We don’t get it. 🙁

Anonymous
3 years ago

Actually, FDOT has the power to fund any transit-related project through joint agreements. How do you the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) was put together?

Anonymous
3 years ago

but FDOT gets toll money from cars…incentive

mike
3 years ago

Miami city officials would NEVER do anything like this! come on! I think this is the most corrupt city in the country.

Anonymous
3 years ago

LOL

Anonymous
3 years ago

The Russians did it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Its a bridge. This is how it should be ranked. I can draw a picture of a rainbow over the bay, but at the end of the day it needs to carry people and vehicles from one side to the other. To me, it sounds like Miami did things right, for a change. Maybe Sarnoff is just upset that whoever he promised to behind closed doors didn’t win the bid.

Anonymous
3 years ago

this seems fishy to me simply because they would have to know what “good design” looks like first

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes, who wants technical engineering as long as it’s pretty?

Edin
3 years ago

I told you so,one step forward, ten step backwards.

Oscar
3 years ago

What’s Sarnoff’s involvement in this? It’s clear that he has some skin in the game and odd that the article didn’t include that.

WhyNotNow
3 years ago

All of these complaints and the powers that be could give a f#%*. Their egos are stoked, their buddies are getting the money and us stupid plebes will keep reelecting them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I really hope this isn’t the final design

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think it looks cool

Anonymous
3 years ago

Anything is better than that ugly overpass that is there now.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Spoken like a true Dade county official. Word for word.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s not ugly, it’s barely there. This bridge is very much visible.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Pretty visible (and impeding) from a street interaction level…

suomynona
3 years ago

This thing will NOT be much different. Don’t kid yourself.