Construction crews have commenced work on a project that will convert Flagler Street in Downtown Miami into a “festival-style boulevard.”
Construction is moving from east to west, and the area closest to Biscayne Boulevard is now fenced off.
It will take two and a half years to complete the project, with a total of five phases lasting 30 months, according the City of Miami’s Office of Capital Improvements.
The rebuild is designed to make Flagler Street more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.
New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.
New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics will be installed to prepare for new vertical development, the Downtown Development Authority says.
The street itself will get design improvements that include patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.
Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.
Once the project is complete, Flagler Street is expected take back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.
(photos: Ryan RC Rea)
The five phases, each to take eight months: