Construction is about to begin on the first portion of the Underline, known as the Brickell Backyard.
Miami-Dade commissioners voted this week to award a $14.3 million construction contract to build the project.
The project runs for about a half mile, from the Miami River past the Brickell Metrorail station through SW 13 Street.
It will include:
A transportation component creating new dedicated pedestrian and bicycle trails; the modification and improvement of three signalized intersections and; the reconfiguration of bus bays and bus patron seating areas.
Landscaping, consisting of native vegetation which will provide relief from the large built-urban setting
Way finding signage
A new gym area consisting of a flexible basketball court, gym equipment, and space for group classes and activities
A staging area for concerts, movies, yoga and other group activities
A dining area accessible to bus, trolley, Metromover and Metrorail patrons, as well as visitors and residents
A new game area consisting of fixed tables and chairs, providing spaces that engage and support community interaction
Completion is scheduled for 2020.
It is the only portion of the ten-mile Underline that has been awarded a construction contract. The segment is only about 5% of the total planned length of the Underline.