Concrete Pour For First Signature Bridge Arch Took Place Last Week

A concrete pour was scheduled last week for the pedestal of the first of six arches planned at downtown Miami’s Signature Bridge, according a presentation from FDOT.

Arch 2 will be the first arch to rise at the bridge, which has a design described as having an appearance like a fountain.

The center pedestal where all the  arches will connect to is already rising vertically following multiple concrete pours, the presentation shows.

Work is also continuing on a double deck highway overpass near LoanDepot Park.

Construction crews are also now building a ramp to add an additional lane from eastbound SR 836 to northbound I-95.

 

Preparing for a pour at the base of arch 2 last week:

Rebar installation at Arch 1:

An overview of some of the arches:

Double deck highway construction:

Construction of a new ramp with another lane from eastbound 836 to northbound I-95:

Demolition of the westbound 836 to northbound I-95 ramp:

 

Each segment will be a precast installation, except for the final segment (seen in purple) poured in place. Temporary towers will support the structure during the work:

(all images: FDOT)

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice! Looking forward to seeing the bridge go up. Anxiously awaiting any new news on the park!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can’t wait for them to come back in 5 years for the third, upper deck!

NEVER expand transit, we just need more and more freeways! More! More! More! More! Everybody wants more! Demolish most of downtown for a freeway if you have to!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city is transforming Flagler Street in a pedestrian friendly woonerf and implementing a thoroughly fleshed out bike-line networking all throughout downtown. Investment in the metro mover was recently approved for the first time in decades. We are getting there but seeing as it was not possible to bury i395 I’m happy we are at least getting a park out of it and investment into Overtowns streetscape.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes can’t wait to chill in a park under a freeway with my homeless buddies.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its I-395.
No one added more freeways.
The old one was fixed, straightened, and made much safer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Signature bridge will revitalize entire Downtown and Omni neighborhood. Fact.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol revitalize or continue what 95 and 395 did to these communities in the 50s and 60s?

Anonymous
1 month ago

95 ‘did’ the affluent community just to the south of here and all the way up the eastern seaboard of the US, but very few communities still whine about it to this day.

Anonymous
1 month ago

95 literally ends before Coconut Grove…but sure, whatever you say…

Anonymous
1 month ago

So you just disregard the community north of Coconut Grove and the rest of the eastern seaboard of the US’ but sure, whatever you say’….

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s obvious that you don’t know about urban renewal driven by the federal government, and that even if I sent you literature, you wouldn’t believe it based off your cavalier tone.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly. Pull up the grant requests for urban renewal and highway building in Miami and it says verbatim ‘poor black people live there, and would benefit from having their homes ‘renewed’ and ‘rebuilt.’

Those new homes never materialized and we wiped off generations of wealth access that others had access to.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Actually, they all moved to Liberty City and then Miami Gardens, where wealth is plentiful, right?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t get sassy with me missy!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Correct – highways and bridges dont benefit communities. This is such a bad bill of goods people have been sold over the years.

Azarius
1 month ago

Really waiting on the finished product for this project because the renderings are too glamorized. I can never get a real scope of how the parks and surrounding buildings are going to mesh. Just waiting to see.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you actually live in miami you’ll know that besides the bridge structure the park and surrounding finishes are going to be extremely watered down… they didn’t even finish museum park to original plan and now they want to build about her park. Shit they can’t even afford to have water in the fountain at bay front

Anonymous
1 month ago

The area around the Arscht Center unfortunately still needs an uplift. I hope this project precipitates that. Too many derelict, wasted areas surround our biggerst cultural hub and no human plaza around it. It’s not just more condos but a place to gather. Surely, we need density with hotels, office and apartments but a gathering square, not a park, is needed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m not saying it’s not needed I’m just saying don’t expect it lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

The town square. The heart of every European city, big or small. Usually with a magnificent cathedral in the middle. In secular America, some towns have used a city hall instead. In Miami, maybe a park with some sort of fountain or other centerpiece will do. Although I think Miami City Hall should be moved to downtown Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Pre-war town squares and main streets all over the U.S. have centerpiece churches, too. Also, Europe is secular and has been for almost as long as the U.S.

Anonymous
1 month ago

we need iconic monuments, a croqueta monument would be a good idea

Anonymous
1 month ago

That or un pastelito de guayaba

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lmao

Anonymous
1 month ago

The problem with the Claude Pepper fountain is that the electric motors that power the pumps could not handle the environment, i.e., they were always failing no matter what they tried to do to fix them. The other problem they discovered, powering the pumps consumed tons of electricity and the FPL bill was hard to justify to the public.

Azarius
1 month ago

I do and visit museum park (called something else now) and take the metromover to Omni just to see the construction on the bridge and MWC

Anonymous
1 month ago

Also, the park depicted in the recent Rinoly tower by the Ascht Center is totally different than the plan that was released via FDOT. The park has completely changed so who knows what we’ll end up getting.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I would have preferred to have that money invested in a mass transit system.

Anonymous
1 month ago

this money came from FDOT and Miami either had to take the money for the bridge or get no money at all

Anonymous
1 month ago

Then FDOT should revert back to their old name: the Florida Department of Roads. Transportation is misleading if you’re only investing in roads and bridges. A lot of other state DOTs use funding for trains. FDOT is bogus.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Remember this come election season next November… don’t boo, vote!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I passed the construction on the columns for the double-deck highway the other night and the traffic was horrible. I can’t help but imagine how great it could’ve been if they were built to sustain the MetroRail extension west :/ FDOT is just welcoming more traffic to downtown, we need stronger progressive action that invests in better public transit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Love the arches tho, I can’t lie.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And who’s going to pay for this so-called “progressive action”?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Idk about you, but I’d rather my tax dollars go towards transit than double decking highways. Would love for an exhaustive rail system where I could work or read during my commute to the office instead of sitting in traffic getting mad at people who are texting and driving. Would love to have a premium transit system that could get me home from a bar instead of an expensive Uber like in Chicago, DC, Boston, etc.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dream on
Not happening here

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wouldn’t it be amazing if our tax dollars went to public works instead of war or indirect subsidies to massive corporations?? By that I mean paying for the healthcare of people dying from shitty subsidized food, pollution etc.

It would be beautiful! But instead you have the boomer retards who continue swallowing all of the red scare bullshit republican media pushes out any time we talk about investing in anything other than fighter jets. (Looking at you miami cubans).

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you don’t like paying for the healthcare of people dying from poor life choices, then you would love universal healthcare. Good luck with the Come-on-Man-in-Chief’s “infrastructure” bill is about “tree equity” rather than actual public works, and continuing to destabilize the Middle East because Assad is sooo evil.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Good luck with the Come-on-Man-in-Chief’s “infrastructure” bill is about “tree equity” rather than actual public works, and continuing to destabilize the Middle East because Assad is sooo evil.”

I’m going to tweet that…

– The Fuhrer, Donald Trump

Anonymous
1 month ago

This approach is old and pathetic…. who paid $818 MILLION for the highway and bridge?? Did you ask yourself that? Florida is more than capable of affording progressive action i.e. public transit investment, the political will of government leadership just refuses to do so.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Park West is becoming the best area in town!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Imagine it once they built the casinos there. Can’t wait!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gambling is for degenerates.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well I guess to you, driving a fast car is for degenerates also?

Anonymous
1 month ago

So are nude beaches and Miami’s music and nightclub scene, but I don’t see you complaining about them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In your dreams mr gambler.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great photos TNM! Fingers crossed this entire project really helps with traffic bottlenecks and reduces road rage…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Highway expansion = reduced road rage? lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Many of the bottlenecks are from the construction!

Anonymous
1 month ago

that exit will always be a nightmare no matter what they do, but I guess something is better than nothing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope they dont cut corners with the Miami Heritage Trail, it will be a game changer for downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This will look amazing. I only wish it continued over the water!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Developer Crescent Heights has unveiled plans to build a giant mixed-use complex next to Signature Bridge. In the renderings presented by TNM, the bridge looked like a small toy and lost all its prominence.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“the bridge looked like a small toy and lost all its prominence”

Um, so.. that’s your opinion, man…

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks like it won’t be a real double deck, just two lanes in the center like the golden glades flyovers.

Bridgey.
1 month ago

Seattle tore down their double decker bridge because it was not helping life in their urban area. Now the waterfront there does look much better but also not as congested. I only hope this will help Miami but I doubt it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except this bridge isn’t blocking a waterfront and with Seattle’s example, a tunnel replaced it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wish Miami would take the same initiative, I think this is gradually becoming a trend in U.S. cities like Boston, SF, and Portland. They’re coming to terms with the fact that highways ruin the urban core. Soon enough we’ll see Biscayne Blvd become more pedestrian-friendly, so we can only hope for the future!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This money should have gone to expanding Metromover to my mom’s house so I can get go there for free and beg for money, and then take it to splurge on food and drink in Wynwood.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What people here fail to realize is you will always need infrastructure for automobiles I dont care what rail transit you have! There is no city on earth that have abandoned cars rather new or rebuilding old infrastructure its needed. Expand metro all you want it still wont solve traffic problems just like it doesn’t in New York…it only gives people an option. Me personally I like driving my car i pay for in private…I don’t want to be on a train with people I dont know!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Boondoggle

Anonymous
1 month ago

What a waste of money

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not for the property owners in that area.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Doc Ock bridge rises the week of the Spider-Man NWH release. Coincidence? I THINK NOT

Anonymous
1 month ago

hopefully it doesnt collapse.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What a joke.

Anonymous
1 month ago

clap…….clap………..clap……………………

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not a “dignature bridge”. It’s a pig with lipstick!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Signature ….

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re right, its not a “dignature bridge”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can it be a “pignature bridge?”