Court Denies FDOT Motion To Dismiss Signature Bridge Lawsuit

The $800 million Signature Bridge remains tied up in courts.

On Monday, a Dade judge denied a motion by FDOT to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff. FDOT had argued that the venue was improper as a separate case was under review by Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings.

The court did allow FDOT’s chosen winner, Archer Western-de Moya, to intervene.

Meanwhile, the battle in the separate state case continues, with hearings by the Division of Administrative Hearings scheduled for November and December.

 

 

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Anonymous

This is why we cant have nice things in Miami!

Marc305

Exactly! More than likely these lawsuits will delay this project well into the 2020’s. Sad!

Anonymous

If you want something nice, put the money towards a Metromover extension to Miami Beach.

Anonymous

Yeah, it is #SAD!

Also SAD is there are still some people who do not understand that the existing mound of dirt with 395 on top with a few bridges snaking north and south as it curves from the waterfront to I-95 is dangerous and in serious disrepair.
It is going to cost a bundle to repair it. That will KEEP the snaking barrier between the cultural institutions, parks, and neighborhoods.
It is smart to suspend a bridge, straighten out the snaking Interstate, and bulldoze the monuds of dirt currently holding up the highway..

Anonymous

Once the bridge is suspended, the land “created” underneath can be used for park space, and a safe pedestrian connection between our waterfront and cultural institutions.

suomynona

The proposed overpass is still going to drastically divide the neighborhoods with on/off ramps and concrete “monuds” while providing ample opportunity for blight underneath it.

Anonymous

The bridge improvements will drastically imporove this particular condition. Take 15 minutes and walk it today…from the waterfront to I95 (if you carry a weapon) and you will see what I mean.
The last drawings that I saw eliminate the Biscayne Blvd exit ramp and shift it west to NE 1st (or 2nd).

Peter Confalone

No bridge. Bury the road.

suomynona

This overpass is going to look like a giant turd a few years after its built and everyone is going to wonder wtf they were thinking.

Anonymous

both designs are horrible

Anonymous

This is just stupid you lost the fucking bid move on! So now you feel salty you lost the bid now you want to hold up the process of the bridge starting construction.OK so do you think the court is going to overturn the FDOT bid decision? No! So move the hell on!

Anonymous

Except the FDOT didn’t follow through with the voting process they agreed on. If they did follow the rules that they set forth the runner up would have been the winner. I don’t know about you but if someone agreed to do something one way and changed there minds which then causes me to lose an $800 million dollar contract you bet your ass I’m suing.

Anonymous

Agree.. dismiss this and build the bridge.. funds are allocated.

Anonymous

It’s a bridge over land that will be hidden between buildings as Miami grows northward. Who cares about even building a bridge over land in a town surrounded by water.

aceraroja

It’s an outrage that $800 MILLION is being wasted on a bridge we already have when we keep being told we can’t have trains because they’re too expensive. This is 15% of the SMART plan budget!!! They could probably put a Metrorail line down Flagler to at least 62nd for this amount.

Anonymous

My thoughts exactly. We can use FDOT funds to build this crap and fund other projects throughout the state of Florida (like roadway improvements) with Miami-Dade tax payer money/toll money, but SMART cannot get the funds. The HOV lanes on I-95 are funneling that revenue to Tallahassee by way of FDOT to be redistributed throughout the state – not in Miami-Dade. There is something seriously going on beneath the surface that we don’t know about.

Anonymous

You can’t use FDOT funds for rail expansion smart ass

Anonymous

What’s beneath the surface?

Anonymous

That group reminds me too much of Odebrecht

Anonymous

Not only should the money not be spent, the bridge and that downtown section of the expressway should be torn down. San Francisco, Milwaukee, and other cities have gone in that direction of tearing down expressways that cut through and divide the downtown.

By doing that, the city benefits economically because developable is available resulting in significant property-tax revenue, neighborhoods can flourish, more streets can flow in & out of downtown, and aesthetically, a wider-grander boulevard can replace the footprint of the current expressway, more green-space can be added, and it removes an eyesore that obstructs views and including the PAC.

suomynona

Instead of making the highway less obtrusive, LET’S MAKE IT BIGGER! WHOO HOO!

Anonymous

Sod off, Sarnoff! It’s like he’s still being a sore loser from his wife losing the term-limited 2015 commissioner election.