FDOT has released design guidelines for downtown Miami’s signature bridge project, along with a timeline for the bidding process.
At a meeting last month, officials presented an aesthetics manual that is to be used as guidance by design-build teams interested in bidding in the project. Shapes, textures, colors and lighting were among the details released.
FDOT says that the bridge is intended to be a world-class, iconic structure which will serve as a landmark for Miami. They hope to keep costs below $600 million.
Two designs – Wishbone and Lotus, have been selected, although a third option proposed by a design-build team would be considered. The minimum apex above street level will be 245 feet, meaning that it will be dwarfed by neighboring towers such as Marquis, which tops out at about 700 feet.
The bidding process is scheduled to begin next month, and five design-build teams will be selected by the end of the year. The winning bid is expected to be selected by September 2016, and construction could begin by the end of 2016.