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Design For Signature Bridge Has Been Chosen, May Be Revealed Next Week

Design For Signature Bridge Has Been Chosen, May Be Revealed Next Week

The Florida Department of Transportation is expected to give final approval to a proposal to build downtown Miami’s Signature Bridge at a meeting on May 1, according to Andres Viglucci.

The top ranked team includes:

DB Firm:

  • Archer Western – de Moya JV

Primes:

  • Archer Western Contractors, LLC
  • The de Moya Group, Inc.

Team Members:

  • HDR
  • RS&H
  • Leonhardt, Andra und Partner
  • MacDonald Architects
  • Illumination Arts
  • RWDI Consulting Engineers
  • Pennoni Associates
  • Metric Engineering
  • Corven Engineering
  • GOAL Associates (DBE)
  • Universal Engineering Sciences and HR Engineering Services (HRES)
  • Cardno
  • Manuel G. Vera & Associates (DBE)
  • PlusUrbia
  • Ronald E Frazier & Associates, Neil Hall, AIA, and Design 2 Form

The second ranked team (Fluor-Astaldi-MCM, with local architect Zyscovich) was just a half-point behind, while the third ranked team was 17 points behind.

A team that included Arquitectonica was not among the top two bidders.

The design will be released 72 hours after the May 1 meeting, unless one of the losing teams files a bid protest.

 

rendering of Town Square Plaza, a concept project once prepared by winning team member PlusUrbia:

FDOT told bidders that the design should look something like this template:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami is one of the worst traffic cities in the country but lets make this useless bridge a priority for transit funds

Anonymous
Anonymous

My thoughts exactly. The only reason whey city leaders are pushing for this project is because they want to further gentrify neighboring Overtown. They know for a fact that we need more mass transit options in the city. So instead of ultimately pushing for expansion of more mass transit projects, we go the way of the stone ages and invest billions in 20th century technology.

Anonymous
Anonymous

why*

suomynona
suomynona

This highway ramp isn’t going to do a hill of beans bit of difference in improving Overtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re right. It will further gentrify the area and it means more of those residents will likely have to vacate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

FDOT had earmarked the funds specifically for this project. If city officials opted against this project, they could not transfer the funds toward anything else. Take it up with FDOT, not city officials (probably the first and last time I’ll defend them).

Morty
Morty

You do realize that the city of Miami officials tried to sue FDOT for not imposing such a project like this?

Anonymous
Anonymous

They were going to sue because the FDOT last minute said they weren’t going to fund what was already approved but rather fund a much uglier FDOT design that is horrific (like all things FDOT designs). If they didn’t sue then you would say they are corrupt and useless for letting FDOT get away with this while Miami getting stuck with a crappy bridge. Here’s link if you want to read more on the facts. http://www.local10.com/news/local/miami/city-sues-fdot-over-i-395-bridge_20151127193539770

Anonymous
Anonymous

So the whole purpose is to redevelop Overtown with an awful looking “bridge”. Yeah, that’s great.

Anonymous
Anonymous

With that said, I think we need to dole out some praise for working to activate the area under and around the bridge, turning this into a much more significant project than simple road works and something to look superfluously fancy in the skyline.

suomynona
suomynona

Activate the area under the bridge? LOLZ. Yea right. It’ll be dead and drug needle ridden like the rest of the the 95/395 overpasses.

I’m not talking bad about poor/homeless folk. I’m talking bad about this project that promises big change but will almost certainly change nothing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I walk/cycle under there pretty frequently, and even now I don’t see it as “dead and drug needle ridden.”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree with this. Many of our transit woes in south florida are a direct result of how FDOT does business. They are a road builder, plain and simple. For perspective – this 1.4 mile road/bridge is 800M. I believe a 2014 study had tri-rail coastal link estimates at 600-800M capital costs shared between local, state and federal for the entire system. Downtown miami to jupiter! Gives you an idea where FDOT’s priorities are. This specific project isn’t a “miami politician” problem this time around. Of course they’ll let the state dump funds into infrastructure, even if it’s not totally needed at this time.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh really? So it’s FDOT that is really pushing for this “bridge”? No, you are incorrect. City leaders want the bridge because they are pushing for the gentrification of Overtown until it is completely gone. If you want those FDOT funds to go to roadway projects so bad, why not just upgrade the existing infrastructure in place? There are tons and tons of roadways in Miami-Dade county that need major improvements. But this? This is just unnecessary and absurd. To top it off, the design is hideous. How can FDOT be so silly to only use these roadway funds for this boondoggle? No.. no.

Pat
Pat

It is very important to note that this stretch of highway/bridge is currently crumbling
To simply repair it will probably cost $150M+
This stretch of hwy/bridge is also unsafe. On the westbound, it has step grade entry ramps on the south, and enivitably, people take these ramps and try to get across all the lanes to access I95 North….just when a similarly minded driver tries to cut across all lanes to access I95 to south with the southside ramp.
It is dangerous.
Too make it safe would probably cost $300M.
The more you study, or if this look at an aerial on Google Earth, the more obvious it is to straighten out 395. Make the ramps efficient and safe.
Then, if you can elevate the freeway (instead of having it sitting on top of dirtmounds) for an extra $200M, that will unlock value for the real estate and benefit the community.

This is a no brainer, in concept. Of course, it’s still important to keep Ann eye on the pols & beaureacrats.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Regardless FDOT or MDC, transit funds are being thrown down the drain

Anonymous
Anonymous

But… that would be common sense.

Corruption
Corruption

Politicians + Corruption = signature bridge

Pat
Pat

Based on what metric?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Awful design. And why are we investing billions of dollars in ancient road/highway technology when we know that we should be investing heavily in MASS TRANSIT options. This is sickening.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only in Miami do we spend 11 million dollars on a “bridge” that doesn’t even cross the water. Technically speaking this is an “overpass” not a “bridge”. it is truly pathetic. what a colossal waste.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m sure it’s going to cost more than that.

Leonardo
Leonardo

Oh believe me this isn’t only in Miami that is in the United States. No one is expanding mass transit in modern city in the US unless you leave in NY that’s probably the only exception.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are you freaking kidding me? Is NYC the ONLY cit you people on here ever talk about or know about? Chicago has a CTA Train system that has been in existence for over 80 years now. Houston has a light-rail train that goes through it’s inner downtown streets. Cincinnati, OH has the same exact thing in their downtown and I would know because I have visited. Please, don’t tell me this “unless it’s NYC then we can’t have nice things” BS. It’s so old.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Portland Oregon has a really good system as well, even if it is completely over run by anarchist homeless bums

Anonymous
Anonymous

Even Jacksonville has a people mover system in it’s downtown just like Miami does. However, Jacksonville is not anywhere near as dense or crowded as Miami is. DC has a subway system that goes throughout the entire Metro area and is VERY efficient and affordable. Atlanta has MARTA. LA has a subway system and from what I hear not many people are using it but would rather be suckers stuck on the freeway in LA traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Actually I heard the LA system is quite good, the problem there is the city is too sprawled out really to make a difference. Marta is not good or useful at all, in my experience.

Anonymous
Anonymous

True. LA is very spread out. And with that being said, Chicago’s train system covers it’s entire metropolitan area with it’s commuter train reaching the suburbs system AND the CTA train platform in the city. However, for as long as it has been around, it is very outdated as some of the cars have been in service since the 60s and go no faster than 30 mph. HOWEVER, it does get the job done and millions of commuters use it weekly. The Chicago train platform is almost as old as NYC’s subway system. It’s really OLD and clunky. Nonetheless, both cities are older and have older mass transit infrastructure, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they serve the massive populations very well. It takes a lot of money and effort to keep large, complex train systems working good.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Also, the train platforms in NYC, DC and Chicago serve the ENTIRE city and metropolitan area. Not just exclusively rich or poor areas. They are very complex, well-laid systems that have existed for generations. Those cities may be corrupt and have very high taxes, but at least they have managed to obtain such infrastructure to make the wheels turn. You won’t see such infrastructure in Miami for the time being, because we have idiots in office who think highway technology is still the way to go.

Polo
Polo

This bridge is a waste of money. From the street level it looks the same as now with the added white arc.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It looks like sh!t.

suomynona
suomynona

It really is a joke.

Pat
Pat

That is absolutely not true.
Walk it please.
Walk it from the waterfront to I-95.
From the street level it is a very dramatic change.
Be careful though….that spot near the waterfront is where the guy ate the face off another guy. (in between the $220M Art Museum and the $500M+ PAC.
Right now, there are a lot of dangerous places for pedestrians.
If instead of a highway sitting on top of a dirt mound, there were a bridge with a shake Schack under it, people would exercise different dining options.

¯\\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\\_(ツ)_/¯

Can’t wait to see this colossal waste of funds.

Anonymous
Anonymous

People are bitching about this bridge because you rather mass transit. I get that but know matter what people will still drive cars including all of you reading this. How many of you prefer public transportation rather than drive your car you make payments on an insurance? You all only want mass transit so you can drive your cars with less traffic. We are not New York, though I agree we need mass transit for this city. We can’t ignore road work,highways, bridges etc.that need to be upgraded. Florida as a whole is very behind in infrastructure an need to be upgraded we can’t all use public transportation. This bridge has been in the works for years an is just now coming together. It’s not just a signature bridge it will also alleviate traffic. In case you guys have been living under a rock they are working on mass transit the s.m.a.r.t plan look it up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, we would prefer public transportation to ease traffic congestion on the highways. Of course Miami isn’t New York City, but it also isn’t LA either. Miami has boomed over the past 20 years, and we are still relying on 20th century technology to “make it happen”. There is nothing wrong with the current stretch of highway in place. Sure, it could use some new pavement or lights. But a whole new bridge that will cost billions in tax payer money just so that we can please the very few who think it’s an eyesore? This is money wasted that could be used for mass transit projects in the city. In your case of transit infrastructure, Miami is very behind in that department.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It wont take billions to UPGRADE the bridge. The work on the bridge is to improve it not build a new one. We actually need both mass transit and upgrade roads and bridges. This bridges has been planned and the money is ONLY for roads not mass transit this is what you guys dont understand. YOU CANT USE THE MONEY FOR TRANSIT. Either way even if you could it will be years before mass transit will be built so improves the roads while you can until mass transit is built.

suomynona
suomynona

What YOU don’t understand is that if local leaders had any brains and foresight, they would’ve secured funding for mass transit and not a FANCY G.D. OVERPASS!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you know how long it is going to take for the S.M.A.R.T. transit plan to be completed by? We are looking at around 2028 when it is fully completed. Given that the county has gone through this debacle before, and that construction crews in Miami move at a snails pace, it will be a while before any kind of transit improvements take place in the city. Meanwhile, condos are being built by the week on Biscayne Blvd and in Brickell/Downtown. More people are going to be using roadways and the supply is not going to be enough for the demand.

mike
mike

I WONDER WHAT THE MAYORS CUT IS.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, do you understand what the letters FDOT mean?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kickbacks from the contractors.

David
David

The project is to replace all 1.4 miles of I395. It actually is a necessary infrastructure upgrade to improve the Arts and Entertainment District, Omni and Overtown. The elevation will free up land for parks and use. Most negative comments are from people who have no idea what they’re talking about.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So what exactly is the problem with the current I-395 freeway? Is it not wide enough? You didn’t mention that in your comment. How exactly is this going to improve the surrounding communities when it is still just 20th century technology? Also, how is this going to improve Overtown? All it will do is gentrify the remaining last bit of Overtown. So what solutions is this solving? Nothing. I can tell that you must work for FDOT or are a private contractor for them.

suomynona
suomynona

You’re full of it.

Parks…under an overpass?! LOL good one! I’m sure folks will just love hanging out under an overpass all afternoon with the lack of sunlight and all the drug needles keeping them company.

This isn’t going to do anything for the neighborhood.

Anonymous
Anonymous

suomynona My thoughts exactly. No one is going to enjoy hanging out under an overpass.

Anonymous
Anonymous

People will hang out at the parks and plaza surrounding the newly-activated land around the overpass, not necessarily directly under the overpass (though I love how people are now complaining about shade when they normally complain about no shade). The point is that the overpass would be much more connected and pedestrian-friendly, connecting the neighborhoods. How can people possibly complain about that?

Anonymous
Anonymous

This project and Genting Resorts Miami will bring the needed boost to Omni area forever.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not only is this a huge waste of money and resources, it’s an awful design! Goodness, if people would just suck it up and accept that this city is growing and needs better mass transit options in it’s urban core, then we could make leaps and bounds to better things for everyone. There is nothing wrong with this current I-395 freeway. It may need a few maintenance fixtures, but it certainly is still serviceable for another 20 years at least. But, being that this is Miami, the people in that town can’t seem to see the forest or the trees with their own vexing problems. It’s right under your noses, and yet we need more of this BS instead of actual solutions to solve the city’s problems. I am so sick of the people who refuse to look for solutions and improvements to lifestyles. You honestly thinks POS “bridge” is going to connect communities? No, it will further gentrify Overtown and more people will be purged out of the area so that only privileged people can walk around and do business in the surrounding area. That is the whole plan to this project. City leaders have been pushing for Overtown… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Welcome to America. If it’s so displeasing then do something about it instead of just giving your uneducated opinion on the subject.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How was than an uneducated opinion? I’m speaking on behalf of experience and from what I have observed. Obviously, if one examines something, and sees it happening over again, it is repetition. History repeats itself. Now, please do tell me what your thought is?

Anonymous
Anonymous

How can FDOT be stopped from using these funds? Whose hands need to be greased to stop this? A rational thought process would dictate that those funds go towards some form of tram or light rail from downtown to the beach. Does anybody inMuami think rationally? Instead we’ll waste billions on this boondoggle. Rubio and Nelson – are you guys listening / reading about this waste of taxpayer funds? Get together and stop this now.

marc
marc

It’s FDOT money earmarked as others have said for highway infrastructure updating in this case I-395. If the money is not used here for that purpose it’d be used on another highway elsewhere in the state. The city officials took advantage of this opportunity to at least get something aesthetically pleasing compared to what is the usual. That money the state earmarked is for nothing but highway work. It’s all part of the widening and updating of the highway from the turnpike out west to the causeway.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How the hell is this “aesthetically pleasing” ??? It looks awful!

suomynona
suomynona

An overpass with a decorative arch. Local leaders are idiots.

Of all the options to improve 395, they chose the least effective; shortest lifespan with minimal impact on the surrounding community.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not at all against the bridge but I do hope they go with a better design. I really love the park design under the bridge though.

Anonymous
Anonymous

A park under an overpass. For all honesty, I hope the homeless and junkies invade it just so that this projects makes the idiots in power of this town look like well… idiots. 😉

Anonymous
Anonymous

Taxpayers money wasted again.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow, there is so much anger and pessimism. I personally think the design is amazing and represents where Miami is going — forward, not backward. I’m nothing more than observer, but when I travel, it’s incredible that it’s the bridges I remember as much or even more (because there’s not as many cool, suspended bridges) as the buildings. Off the top of my head, I’ve seen similar designs like this including the new North Ave bridge in Chicago, Boston’s bridge and several in Sao Paulo. They are aesthetically incredible and force everything around it to be better –> or risk being outdated. I just wish it wouldn’t take as long to build it. I love it and it will be seen as much as anything else in Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Forward? No, it’s going backwards. This city gets worse every passing year now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Backward? Have you seen the population growth? Compare it to other big cities across the US and the challenges there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No, you misunderstood. Miami is going backwards because the feeble minded politicians in this town do not believe in funding mass transit projects as heavily as they ought to. With that being said, the population is increasing and there are still limited transportation options. The Metro Rail has only been extended to the Airport. That’s it. Transportation is not the only thing being left behind. The cost of living has gone up, and this is forcing a lot of young and bright people to leave the area for more (and adequate) affordable housing. Sure, it is nice if you are wealthy, but if you are a young college graduate with an education and with not too much money, it is devastating. Miami’s home prices have more than doubled since the year 2000. How is that going forward? So that a bunch of wealthy South Americans can only afford to live here? That’s not progress, that’s called servitude. The majority of the projects in Miami over the past 15-20 years have been for predominately privileged, wealthy people. The lack of inclusion in this town is also pretty bad. The “Me” attitude is still not doing a thing to solve the city’s… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Doesn’t sound like backwards to me – see today’s headline on the site: Condo sales in Miami increased again in March, while single-family homes had a record-breaking month, according to the Miami Association of Realtors.

In total, 1,276 single-family homes were sold during the month- the most ever, and a 9.2 percent increase over March 2015. Sales volume of existing condominiums rose 2.3 percent year-on-year.

Single family home prices were up 15 percent compared to 2016, while existing condo prices increased 7.4 percent.

Condo prices have increased in 68 of the last 70 months, while home prices have been up for 65 consecutive months.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Basic facts: 1. The subject segment of highway must be replaced due to its age. 2. The City and FDOT rejected an at-ground boulevard design which has been used successfully in many progressive cities like SF, Washington, and elsewhere. This would have been the appropriate urban solution. 3. The replacement elevated highway will be taller but just tall enough to interfere with the skyline, not tall enough to allow productive use of the land underneath which will remain essentially worthless and dangerous. 4. The City required the cliche concept of the “signature” bridge at a massive cost; the “signature” bridge is over land, rather than water, where its design is less meaningful; a much simpler bridge could have been developed with the extra funding instead going to meaningful transit, biking, and walkability improvements. 5. The plaza shown is poorly designed with almost no shade trees and is not an official part of the project anyway and highly unlikely to be built. 6. The whole project is indicative of the city of Miami’s and FDOT’s highways first approach with a little meaningless but obscenely expensive flash (“signature”) thrown in. 7. Miami remains decades beyond comparable cities in regard to progressive urban… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

One of the biggest problems we have in Florida is the suburban mentality of our politicians, this applies to every single city, county, town, district, department, etc. Our politicians and most of the Floridians don’t understand how urban centers function at all. This is the reason why we are replacing a bridge, which created tons of problem in Miami’s urban core with a another bridge, located in the exact same location and with the same exact consequences.
Built a tunnel for God Sake!!!! and all the wasted land under the useless bridge could be redeveloped bringing the city millions of dollars in property taxes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I like it and the plaza looks wonderful
It’s​just what the Arscht Center needs to complete the look.
Beautiful!!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

You must be a city commissioner or someone who works for FDOT. Shame on you.

Kenneth
Kenneth

waist of money. Incredible.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Love the new signature bridge and accompanying plaza.. will beautify Biscayne Blvd.

Morty
Morty

Isn’t this “signature” POS highway also the one being funded by the Trump Administration that the mayor and scumbag Carlos Giminez was touting about? No thank you.

marc
marc

Those funds where earmarked for this project years before Trump took over.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I don’t like this ! They should focus on a Miami version of the Golden gate bridge instead

Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Can’t wait for the actual renderings. So far so good.