Is Baylink more important than a signature bridge?
Miami commissioner Francis Suarez says yes. He recently suggested that funding for the $600 million bridge be diverted to build a train between Miami and Miami Beach, according to Miami Today.
Suarez’s father is Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez, who is also opposed to the bridge. As recently as last year, he pushed for the roadway to be placed underground to remove the blight of a highway cutting through downtown. FDOT has rejected that option.
The signature bridge has been in the works for years and is already funded. Other local politicians worry that if the bridge was cancelled, the funding would be moved elsewhere in the state instead. Miami officials once sued the state when FDOT considered replacing the signature bridge with a less expensive design.
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