Dade Wants To Sell Bridge To Pay For $300M+ Bike Lane Project

Miami-Dade may sell off the rights to toll the Rickenbacker Causeway, in exchange for building bike lanes and repairing a bridge, according to the Herald.

United Bridge Partners of Denver is said to be preparing an unsolicited proposal. The company wants the tolling rights for the next several decades, and could double the tolls on the causeway. In exchange, United would spend over $300 million on the project.

Architect (and cycling enthusiast) Bernard Zyscovich has been advocating for the bike lanes, known as Plan Z. United Bridge Partners is listed as a donor to his campaign.

The bike lanes are expected to cost at least $100 million, and have been criticized for narrowing car lanes. Critics also say that the existing bike lanes on the causeway are already among the safest countywide, and that motorists would end up footing the bill for a small minority of cyclists.

As part of the plan, Bear Cut bridge would also be rebuilt. The county spent $31 million repairing it in 2014.

 

 

16 Comments
most voted
newest oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Anonymous
4 years ago

Selling infrastructure for short term gains is nearly always a losing prospective. Look at Chicago and on street parking for example.

Anonymous
4 years ago

We also don’t have the ridiculous taxes Illinois has.

Anonymous
4 years ago

What kind of bike lane costs 300 million? True cyclists don’t even use them. They use the actual road and flip you off when you overtake them.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The type that looks like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qHWKTQRPfQ

Tomas Possenti
4 years ago

Fantastic!

Anonymous
4 years ago

over rated

Anonymous
4 years ago

Until its one of your family members who gets killed by a stupid distracted driver.

Oscar
4 years ago

“Critics also say that the existing bike lanes on the causeway are already among the safest countywide, and that motorists would end up footing the bill for a small minority of cyclists.”

Huh? This stretch of road is one of the most biked in Miami-Dade and has seen several fatal crashes over the past few years. Hard to take criticism seriously when it relies on such obvious bs.

It’s also a bit odd that this article goes out of its way to describe what is essentially a standard PPP as a selloff of public assets.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Um, as an avid cyclist, it’s true that Rickenbacker’s already among the safest rides in the city…not that it has the best infrastructure compared to actual biking cities, but because the rest of Miami has close to zero infrastructure.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Enact a county tax on Spandex shorts to pay for this.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Can they not just take one lane of traffic from the road? 3 lanes of traffic controlled by lights on either end means motorists zoom as fast as they can from one end of the causeway to the other.

Surely there isn’t the need to build AN ADDITIONAL BRIDGE!

Anonymous
4 years ago

We need PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, not bike lines.

Anonymous
4 years ago

*lanes

Mondocondo
4 years ago

County doesn’t need a third party to hike tolls and build bike lanes. County wants the cash for other purposes. Municipalities almost always regret these infrastructure sell offs. Can’t believe the sale of such a visible, heavily used resource is even being considered. Cheers

Anonymous
4 years ago

United Bridge Partners of Denver is said to be preparing an unsolicited proposal. The company wants the tolling rights for the next several decades, and could double the tolls on the causeway. In exchange, United would spend over $300 million on the project. #NuffSaid

Anonymous
4 years ago

I applaud the designers of Plan Z. It’s a beautiful project and should be funded and constructed . It would define the area as a must go place for everyone, including bikers, walkers, runners, strollers, etc.