Coast Guard Wants No Changes To Brickell Bridge Openings

The U.S. Coast Guard says that there shouldn’t be any changes made to the Brickell Bridge opening schedule at a meeting held yesterday, according to commissioner Ken Russell.

Currently, lockdown for rush hour periods are 7:35-8:59 a.m., 12:05-12:59 p.m. and 4:35-5:59 p.m, but the DDA has been fighting to extend those hours (even those curfews are regularly violated).

The Coast Guard, which regulates the bridge, has produced a report stating that extending those hours would negatively impact marine traffic The Coast Guard claims that the bridge would simply need to remain up longer after the curfew hours, so any extension wouldn’t help automotive or pedestrian traffic.

A DDA report came to a different conclusion.

Ultimately, both sides agree that a tunnel costing over $1 billion is needed.

 

 

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Oscar
2 years ago

Both sides agreeing that a $1 billion dollar tunnel is needed is just like my wife and I agreeing that neither has to pick up after themselves and that a maid is needed. Will their be maid? No, but we agree that neither of us should pick up after ourselves and that’s enough for now.

Kaye
2 years ago

Agreed, with a ten-year plan to even get that tunnel (even if agreement met)… The tunnel has been in discussion for years… yet gets more expensive and timeline more expansive!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just build the freaking tunnel! We did it for the Port of Miami and we can do it here. It is only going to get worse. How can it not when there are so many high rises still on the pipeline? And no, not everyone who will live in them will take public transportation. It should have been built in the 90’s but late is better than never.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This will not be built because in the eyes of our great governor of Florida Rick Scott, this does not generate an economic benefit. Since this is an FDOT bridge it will not get funded any time soon.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That was the most useless meeting I ever read about. They probably attended for the free donuts and coffee.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ken Rusell will meet 759 times with for the two years with the Coast Guard, the Safe the Downtown goats foundation, and the Miami Heat Fan club to decide if by saying that he is in the process of making a decision regarding the tunnel will get him reelected

Anonymous
2 years ago

how about the boaters pay for the tunnel, since their the reason it’s needed in the first place

Anonymous
2 years ago

I mean *they’re

Anonymous
2 years ago

Build. The. Tunnel!!!

marc
2 years ago

Let me get some popcorn ready.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Ultimately, both sides agree that a tunnel costing over $1 billion is needed.”

This is what this meeting was all about anyway. Extending the Metromover over to Miami Beach is much cheaper and a bigger priority. But apparently these people in Miami’s government don’t care if people are stuck in traffic in cars on bridges going and coming from there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The tunnel is a must since it’s the main artery to Brickell and it needs to happen yesterday with all those units coming online…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Put a tax on each parking spot constructed to fund this tunnel.

Anonymous
2 years ago

how about a toll for the tunnel with the proceeds ONLY to be used for debt service. User pays and not everyone who doesn’t use it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The problem is a lot of the boats could be modified to be below the height. For example nearly everyday at 9AM this gas resupply boat goes under both bridges, all it has are these two poles sticking out of the roof which I believe can totally be modified, many times it is just there boat at one of the peak traffic times. Other boats such as small sale boats which very rarely ever use the sale have a giant pole that requires it to go under. Also the cargo ships request the bridge opening 10 minutes before they are even there stopping traffic even more. The worst I saw was the bridge being from bells starting to cars being allowed back was 27 minutes. Could you imagine being stuck for 27 minutes?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe lower the river ? /s

Anonymous
2 years ago

That boat drives me nuts every morning. There is no reason the poles cannot be mortified so it doesn’t ruin everyone’s morning commute or at least do not open the bridge completely for it. It’s a yellow diesel supply boat and it’s my morning nightmare daily. Sometimes they leave the bridge open for boats coming from another bridge but that means I will get stuck waiting over 30 mins at times.

Also they need to place warning lights around downtown and Brickell alerting drivers that the bridge is up so people who cannot see don’t just sit on their horn for 30 minutes.

Anonymous
2 years ago

warning lights are totally needed I believe the only ones are near brickell key. And yea they raise the bridge at exactly 9 and then wait for the boat to make it through all the way, then they wait for other boats. It is normally just that one stupid boat.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The PR machine is really picking up trying to get this Brickell tunnel built.

However, don’t be surprised if the tunnel turns into a high-speed roadway which makes life more difficult for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area.

A tunnel was nixed in NYC near the WTC for those reasons.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This isn’t NY and it’s a 500ft gap…

Kaye
2 years ago

Cannot compare the Big Apple with our Orange State! #Apples vs #Oranges… Plus it’s only a small stretch – wouldn’t be able to pick up a lot of speed 😉
“PR machine picking up on the tunnel being built”… hmm?? Well since it’ll take ten+ years to even have it come to fruition, I’m curious where you’re getting that from?! IMO their needs to be even more P.R. and advocates for the Brickell & Downtown people, so something is actually implemented in our lifetime…

JoseMiamiBeach
2 years ago

I believe a Tunnel is not feasible given that you have high-rise towers with deep foundations so close. There must be a way to raise the existing street (bridge) just like the Metromover line two blocks west. This of course would require a different flow of traffic. Say you can’t raise the existing street so high, how about at least raise it to where most boats could go under, and then only the very tall ships such as the container ships would require bridge to open. And yes, I agree with your comments about that Yellow Diesel Boat… no reason why bridge should open for them.

Also, I agree that the City/State whoever you want to say they should install light signals around the city on both sides of the bridge to signal that the bridge is open… at least let us know, geez.

Lastly, I have noticed that part of the problem of bridge staying open so long, is not only the boats, but also the people trying to walk across the bridge, many don’t want to wait so they keep walking and thus causing the opening to take much longer than necessary. But again, this should be easily resolved.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree with all parts except the walking part. at most that adds 2 minutes to the time the bridge is up maximum and that is for someone that goes very very late after all cars went through right before bridge is going down, maybe 30 seconds to a minute on average, a small fraction of the minimum 5 minutes it goes up for.

Anonymous
2 years ago

is it crazy to raise the bridge?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who controls the Toll prices? if it’s the city raise the prices by 1000% during peak hours.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Very stupid discussion between these two parties.

Jeff Jefferson
2 years ago

Does anyone else find it absurd how the bridge operators get on a loudspeaker and scream at people? GET OFF THE BRIDGE. GET OFF THE BRIDGE. People literally drop their shit and start running because they’re terrified. I live in the Epic townhouses and it’s driving me insane. I swear to god I am going to buy my own loudspeaker and start screaming back at them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We need that tunnel like yesterday.

Anonymous
2 years ago

THIS CITY IS SO CORRUPT!!!