Eight-Year, $908M Miami Highway Project Begins Construction

The Florida Department of Transportation has commenced construction on a $908m highway interchange rebuild in Miami.

The Golden Glades Interchange will get new flyover ramps, new on and off ramps, and new and widened lanes as part of the project.

Construction will last for around eight years.

The start of construction was accelerated by years thanks to Florida legislators voting for a multibillion dollar highway initiative called Moving Florida Forward.

In total, FDOT currently has $1.75b worth of construction now underway for the two major interchanges on I-95 northbound out of downtown Miami.

The other major I-95 interchange currently being rebuilt by FDOT is at I-395 in downtown Miami. That project includes a Signature Bridge, and has a budget of $840m, with completion planned in 2027.

 

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Anonymous
21 days ago

900MM for one highway interchange rebuild. Isn’t the cost of the east-west metrorail expansion around $1Billion? F*$@ Tallahassee.

Anon
21 days ago

First they need to build the north extension up to Hard Rock stadium and the county line as originally promised. That would alleviate some traffic through Golden Glades. What’s holding up that project?

Anon
21 days ago

This is Miami – none of these “transit projects” are EVER going to happen. Haven’t ya’ll learned yet??

YOURS
14 days ago

ITS HAPPENING THEY ARE STARTING IN MARCH

Anonymous
21 days ago

First they need to build the lines originally promised 40 years ago, rather than to a stadium in the middle of an auto-centric area where you need a car to get to a station anyway.

Jordan
20 days ago

What happens if “they” don’t?
Do we all die?

Is it an existential threat to humanity?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Equal thought and resources should be given to the aesthetic design and parks around these critical highway expansions to ensure they remain habitable.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I hope the outcome resembles something more monumental, like the Golden Gate Bridge, rather than a confusing array of swirls that leave everyone feeling dizzy behind the wheel.

Anon
21 days ago

It’s going to resemble a highway interchange you dolt.

anony
20 days ago

Lol!

Anonymous
21 days ago

I hate how when you’re in express lane on I95 heading north you have to jump across multiple lanes to avoid being channeled into the turnpike

Anonymous
21 days ago

Why don’t we take this funding opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce congestion–while at the same time reducing the amount of lanes. It’s about quality (design) over quantity, folks!

Jordan
20 days ago

Except an eighteen-wheeler full of food can’t deliver goods to Publix on the Metromover.

Anonymous
20 days ago

No but it would be easier, faster, and cheaper for the eighteen-wheeler to deliver food to Publix if more people who clog up highways with single occupancy vehicles would use public transportation if they had access to it and was efficient and effective.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Best sentence of the year. I love transit, but the goons that are against roads are baffling. They’re like those stop oil. While everything they do in their lives is using it.

OmegaVen
20 days ago

Ah, yes Jordan. The never-ending argument “We must expand the roads for the goods and services”. Yet as always, the goods and services get bogged down just as much as before due to the said expansions being filled up with cars. This fallacy of “farm to market” road expansion has long since been debunked. Not saying we don’t need roads, but at some point the expansion of roads must stop and the alternatives to driving must be bolstered.

Anon
20 days ago

this is a false premise. automated cars sync’d with software have all the same properties you like about trains. express lane + automated ‘train’ of AEV’s = train line for 1/10th the cost with infinite modularity. Think bigger

OmegaVen
20 days ago

LOL – This utopia of “automated cars” has been talked about for how many years now and it’s nowhere close to reality? Meanwhile, we’ve had autonomous trains operating for decades. As we speak, there are autonomous trains in the world whisking passengers along at 217 MPH/350 KMH. Your automated car also won’t match the speed or efficiency of a single train, much less a network of trains. There are trains that can carry well over 1,000 people were trainset and I’ve already mentioned the speeds they’re hitting. Your automated car will still be susceptible to all the woes of road travel including congestion, weather, and accidents from human drivers.

Traffic Surgeon
20 days ago

The simple solution is to use the funds to buy homes near the turnpike south of it, to extend the alternate user-paid highway directly to Miami International Airport (MIA). Right now, Miami and Doral drivers go east to I-95, then north, and west on the turnpike. If we had highways around Miami, not only through it, traffic wouldn’t jam at one spot. It’s like fixing blocked plumbing with a bypass for better flow.

Anonymous
20 days ago

This seems dumb for the price tag. Just create an entirely new highway in a strategic spot instead of making a barely usable one even less user friendly why adding more lanes

Anon
21 days ago

Have they never heard of induced demand? All that $$ and traffic will still be gridlocked in 10 years.

Fund transit.

Jamrock
21 days ago

10 years is being generous

Jordan
20 days ago

Cars are transIt.

Look it up.

You want Government Trains that someone else pays for.

OmegaVen
20 days ago

Jordan – Your car journey is also paid by “someone else”. Or did you think your gax taxes which haven’t been raised since 1993 covers the cost? I always love when people talk about mass transit/trains being paid by someone else but forget they don’t pay their own way when driving. I won’t even begin to mention the costs on society for car dependency.

Equipped with a brain
20 days ago

The irony of ardent motorists criticizing trains for being government funded. Who do you think is paying for the roads? If you think registration and gas taxes get anywhere near funding them you are plain wrong. Miami could have had world class, Tokyo level transit if half the money it ploughed into endless congesting road projects went to transit instead. But no. Let’s create more traffic, that will solve traffic!

One more lane bro
20 days ago

Who is paying for the roads lol

Anonymous
21 days ago

My lord… traffic will only become more unbearable. Where is the investment in true mass transit??

Anonymous
21 days ago

Follow the money who is benefiting from these highway project deals, certainly not the people. We need to get people out of their cars and invest $$$ in suitable mass transit.

Marco
21 days ago

I agree

Jordan
20 days ago

Anyone who buys groceries at a grocery store instead of growing their food supply in their apartment.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Please let people decide if they want to get out of their cars, I agree with you about the investment , but you don’t get to tell people how they live orThis is america, not Cuba

Joseph
20 days ago

The people wnat transit not more traffic everywhere. If you put it up for a vote 900 billion for a new highway interchange or a new metro line somewhere what do you think people would want?

Anon
20 days ago

How do you think the 400,O00 drivers that go through there every day would vote? They already voted for the north corridor metro rail extension. Where is that?

ParkingHater
21 days ago

Meanwhile, other cities are considering highway removal projects.

Tamiami
21 days ago

Only cities in decline like Portland

Tico
21 days ago

Real cities have mass transit, not giant highways

Anonymous
20 days ago

Real cities have both. So please stop it.

Anon
21 days ago

Is Boston a city in decline? Is Providence? Even Dallas is proposing burying I-345

Anonymous
21 days ago

Yes, if you’ve seen their crazy mayor. Also, burying is not the same as removing.

Anonymous
20 days ago

We need to move these added lanes, and create another highway. 2 highways are better than one that doesn’t work. If one is clogged traffic can go to the other. Isn’t this a universally good idea?

Vote Blue
21 days ago

Miami is just a playground for the rich, expecting any real public transit progress here is naive wishful thinking.

Anon
21 days ago

Sad but true.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Go to California, blue balls.

Jordan
20 days ago

Really?
Which one?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Finally! Clearing up the bottleneck experience at this traffic hub in Miami could be the key to unlocking its full potential for both residents and businesses.

…With ripple effects that affect everyone, whether we use it or avoid it. I hope this design improves efficiency and ease of navigation, as clear communication is key to reducing accidents and congestion—making life easier for all of us.

Anon
21 days ago

Bro this isn’t “clearing the bottleneck” – IT IS THE BOTTLENECK

Anonymous
21 days ago

What’s the solution? Squeezing more sausage into a tiny link? Of course, anything is better than nothing else

Anon
21 days ago

The interchange project will help reduce congestion on I-95 by improving access to the Golden Glades multimodal transit hub and Tri-Rail station. It’s win-win for both motorists and public transportation users.

Anon
21 days ago

Adding capacity for more congestion *never* reduces congestion – obviously…

Mike
19 days ago

Tri-rail will stop serving downtown Miami soon cause it’s really just a shuttle train on old freight tracks between Hialeah and DT Miami that duplicates a much a faster and reliable Metrorail. Not sure what access to Golden Glades accomplishes for 900B$

Tri Rail duh
21 days ago

Quadruple TriRail service. It runs parallel to I95. There should be Tri Rail trains running 15 minutes in each direction. People need to be incentivized to get out of their cars

Anonymous
21 days ago

It might be due to the excessive burden placed on a single car terminal. Instead of funneling multiple highways into a single junction, constructing new highways in alternative locations could be a more efficient strategy. For instance, developing routes along Biscayne and extending the turnpike directly south towards Marlins Stadium and Little Havana could help in redirecting traffic around the city, rather than congesting it at a central point.

Sure!
21 days ago

Who do work for?

Anon
21 days ago

the Fraud Department Of Transportation

Anonymous
21 days ago

Working for everyone’s wellbeing first, followed by my own.

Jordan
20 days ago

Excellent work!
You are suceeding….I’m doing great!

Cover the Podiums
21 days ago

well technically 826 is not really connected to I-95 very well

Anon
21 days ago

Our 1960’s infrastructure is just embarrassing. People who aren’t even aware we have awful, outdated infrastructure practices? Even more embarrassing.

Jordan
20 days ago

Is that why the USA is ranked #27 out of 196 countries on planet Earth by GDP?
it’s the infrastructure?

Anonymous
20 days ago

Isn’t U.S. ranked number one in GDP?

Anonymous
20 days ago

That tells you how people read things. They don’t understand what they read.

Anonymous
21 days ago

FDOT is gonna give me a heart attack I stg

Ron DeCastro
21 days ago

#DefundFDOT

Anonymous
20 days ago

De Castro. Very suitable to your thinking

Anonymous
20 days ago

I think he was implying we have a governor that overreaches at times, and takes on persona of dictator when he’s insecure or knows he is going against what is right.

Cover the podiums
21 days ago

The FDOT is basically a mafia. That money can easily be used for mass rapid transit instead

Anon
21 days ago

It will be interesting to see how NYC’s congestion tolling scheme works out. Any predictions?

Cover the Podiums
21 days ago

most people driving through NYC aren’t really just driving for the fun of it. So its only going to affect people that actually need to drive through NYC. It will make everything more expensive since delivery companies will pass down the cost to the businesses

Anon
21 days ago

Care to back that up with any actual data or are we just talking out of our ass

Anonymous
20 days ago

What he says is just common sense, we just saw it in California with the increase of the minimum salary and fast food. It is economics 101

Jordan
20 days ago

Yes.
Productive people will continue to leave NY.

Anonymous
20 days ago

It is being used for what people wants.

Anon
21 days ago

I think this is the third time this interchange is being rebuilt

Chyneesha
21 days ago

Each time, more expensive to taxpayers than the last time

Anonymous
20 days ago

Did you hear about inflation? And adjusted prices due to inflation?

Vince
21 days ago

Traffic here should be fun over the coming years.

DVM
21 days ago

WHAT ABOUT THE TRAIN? WE NEED A BETTER TRAIN SYSTEM

Neo
13 days ago

Not sure when they’ll start, but they said the next line will be done in time for the World Cup with all the tourists going to hard rock stadium. Hope they stick to that, but based on what we’ve seen in the past who knows? I’m just glad there will be something north-south inland rather than going all the way out toward 95 for tri-rail and brightline.

anonymous
21 days ago

when they finish this project in 8 years , traffic will be a lot worse so drivers won’t feel any relief from traffic congestion.they accelerated this project by years , I wish they would do the same with public transportation projects

Anon
21 days ago

And they want to raise our taxes to shove it into another highway expansion? Lol GFY not a penny more

Cover the podiums
21 days ago

15 minute cities is the true answer. Anything else does not work!!!

There’s countless studies showing mixed use TOD is the only way!

Anne A.
21 days ago

I disagree. There are tons of towns/cities where you can walk 15 minutes from end to end. All over Florida too, not just the rust belt. And they’re all economic, innovation and educational disasters. Carlos Moreno proposed this (1990’s?) concept while, ironically, living in and enjoying an comfortable career in Paris – a city of 2.1 million residents whose economic strength supports The Sorbonne, his employer and an institution that would be impossible to pay for, attend or even fit into a 15 minute city.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Disasters? They are the only prosperous areas in Florida

Jordan
20 days ago

Only way?

If we were thinking people, we’d ask, “Is Miami a 15 Minute City now?:

Then, we’d ask, “Was Miami shaggalushisly groovy 15 minute city in the 1970’s?:

Why is the population exploding?
Why are the new buildings getting built taller than the old ones?

Maybe…just maybe…phrases like shaggilicious, groovy, and 15-Minute City are all silly little phrases that are fun, but in time, and appropriately ridiculed.

Anonymous
20 days ago

15 minute city is more than a fad term. It’s a concept and way of life, objective rubric if you will.

Name*
21 days ago

There’s also the airport expressway 195 interchange near wynwood but it’s not as major or as poorly designed as the golden glades, which has turned into a u turn can of worms with so many retrofits.

Big Zo
21 days ago

The I-195 interchange near Wynwood/Design District is also pretty bad. Exiting onto North Miami Ave is a nightmare. You have to hope you can squeeze into the exit lane while avoiding any reckless drivers.

305 Charlie
20 days ago

Going eastbound you’re not supposed to make that exit. Maybe somebody ran the sign over, the plastic poles are definitely broken.

Chyneesha
21 days ago

We all know it will be a lot longer than 8 years… that’s just what they are hoping it will be right now. Oh and cost a lot more than they say it will.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Hasn’t anybody told the FDT that these are not the 1950s, and Eisenhower is not the President?

Anonymous
21 days ago

A rock would make a better President ATM.

Mi-scam-i
21 days ago

…and millions and millions go to third party contractors who are buddy buddy with the DFOT as we sit in traffic for 8 years.

AnonymousAnonymous
21 days ago

are 4 lanes of traffic from the turnpike and 826 still going to merge into one lane to i-95 south?

Name*
21 days ago

Will it lose the ultra high express lane flyovers? Even though this rebuild will make it bigger overall, I doubt it will be higher than those ramps which were meant to be far above everything, possibly to allow more retrofits.

Anon
21 days ago

Whichever way it goes, at least we’ll finally have a direct connection between eastbound 826 and northbound I-95.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Who cares? The north south lanes are nightmare and all knotted up- redesign from scratch

Anon
20 days ago

Read the graphic. 90% of the project is adding MORE express lane ramps. There will now be ramps to/from the Turnpike and Palmetto

Anonymous
21 days ago

Enough with the express lanes!!!! Are we not finish paying the Ronald Regan Highway yet? Tolls, tolls and more tolls. First, they said was only to be during rush hour and it became all day every day.

Paul
20 days ago

Public: All this construction is causing terrible traffic.
FDOT: “Traffic” you say. Better commence more construction.

Bandit
21 days ago

lol let’s do more cars to reduce the amount of traffic…

Tamiami
21 days ago

How did the same people behind i4 ultimate mess up express lanes in Miami

Anonymous
21 days ago

I4 is a complete different approach, the express lanes are protected and efficient not like Miami – do we get sabotaged every time by officials?

Neo
13 days ago

I-4’s express lanes are excellent with having the wall in between themselves and the free lanes. In my 2 years of living back and forth between central and south Florida, I haven’t had any issues other than how it ends way before theme park traffic hits, but they’re working on extending it. I thought the 95 express in North Broward and South Palm Bch could have learned and strayed away from those flimsy sticks people constantly cut through but unfortunately not.

Calivalle
20 days ago

WOWWW its about time..

Anonymous
20 days ago

If FDOT put that same energy into building out the original metrorail lines, and prioritized people over cars, maybe then they’ll “fix traffic”

Anon
20 days ago

True. But FDOT is at least starting to make provisions for future Brightline/commuter rail in the I-4 widening project between Orlando and Tampa.
More of that could be done here as well, as along I-75 and other corridors. It’s up to us to elect local leaders with practical vision who advocate for such things.

Mitch
20 days ago

2 billion dollars for road = cars projects. 2 billion dollars that should have gone to mass transit = metro rail/metromover projects. What is wrong with you people in charge???

Mac
20 days ago

As I live out west in Palm Beach county, the trains and transit don’t help. I would have to go east then south then west again to get to ever changing job sites. Bringing equipment and tools on trains and transit is a pain. Or I can just jump in my vehicle get on the turnpike and head south in 4-5 hours of traffic a day…

I do take the TriRail to MIA often, to save on parking (the parking at the airport is always full anyway). But it costs $30 each way for a ride share, or 50 minutes on a bus (stopping at every corner and bus stop) to get to the nearest train station.

To increase the frequency of TriRail trains to every 15 minutes (as someone else said) they need to severely upgrade the infrastructure. They run with regular freight locomotives, on freight compatible tracks. Overhead train lines would solve a lot of problems, it won’t affect traffic on road level crossings, speeding up traffic.

Expanding the amount of tracks, as even with the current schedule, trains wait for other traffic on the tracks, or if there is an accident, or people on the tracks, single track bridges, freight, etc.
Lots of issues with the current retrofitted system.

Ron DeCastro
21 days ago

Miami should secede from Florida and become its own autonomous state. Either that or defund Tallahassee

Vote Blue
21 days ago

The rest of Fl would fall to fascism faster without Miami.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Remind me who Dade County carried for President in 2020?

Anon
20 days ago

Sorry for your dementia.
Try “Hey, Siri…”.

Anonymous
21 days ago

What about Orlando, and your beloved Slay Queen who got arrested?

Anonymous
20 days ago

How ignorant can you be. You must be 12

Tamiami
21 days ago

Then it can be like nyc and spend a billion dollars on a 2 mile metro link.

Ron DeCastro
21 days ago

Better than 900 mil for a highway expansion 🤡 one more lane bro

Anonymous
21 days ago

Yeah, and expand Metromover to my mom’s house for every time I need money to party!

Anonymous
21 days ago

Im a business man and I use the metro mover

Sure!
21 days ago

The downtown bridge project is how many years over and many hundreds of millions of dollars over! How about this website name the general contractor of the project or compare contrast the bridge project?