FDOT Faces New Lawsuit Over Signature Bridge

Former Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff has filed a Class Action Lawsuit over FDOT’s award of the $800m Signature Bridge.

Separately, a losing bidder has filed a formal bid protest with FDOT.  The protest will be referred to the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Sarnoff argues that FDOT circumvented a settlement requiring a local aesthetics committee, by giving greater weight to another FDOT-controlled committee. The settlement was reached following a 2013 lawsuit.

Sarnoff first tried to file a new motion in June to enforce the 2013 case. A judge rejected that motion, saying that the case was voluntarily dismissed following the settlement, so there was nothing to enforce. Once rejected, Sarnoff filed the new lawsuit.

Winning bidder Archer Western- de Moya Joint Venture is seeking to intervene in the new lawsuit.

 

 

fdot’s chosen winner (fountain):

second ranked by fdot (dancers):

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Sarnoff, go away. Let the project start.

Gables
3 years ago

I wish the project would move forward. I may be in the minority, but I like the design that was chosen so much more than the one that wasn’t.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not a fan of the infantile design.

wtfrusmoking
3 years ago

How exactly does this project cost 800 mill exactly?? The Sunshine Skwy in Tampa cost less than that with inflation and its 4 miles long! Another example of too many shady politicians stuffing the sh!t out of their pockets. Disgraceful.

Anonymous
3 years ago

There’s plenty of work to be done, including raising the entire section of highway roughly 50ft in the air from about the NE 2nd arena exit going east to the water, besides the design itself, but totally agree $800M seems like a lot for about half a mile of work…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Keeping the highway open while building a new one in the same place probably costs twice as much. Close it for a year, work 24/7 it’ll probably be cheaper. Not sure if people will accept that.

marc
3 years ago

It’s I-395 in its entirety, from the bay to I-95. It isn’t just for the signature bridge portion.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh ok well if that’s the case then that seems to make more sense…not looking forward to driving (or attempting to drive) through that!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Agree, except that this project is about 4.5 miles.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No it isn’t. It’s approximately 1.4 miles as per FDOT.

Anonymous
3 years ago

1.4 miles for I-395, but the 800 Million also include I-95 and SR 836. That’s about 4.5 miles.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Per FDOT, I-395 is 1.4 miles. You need to add I-95 and SR 836: http://www.fdotmiamidade.com/i395designproject

Anonymous
3 years ago

The waterfall draws your attention because it’s different. The second concept doesnt amaze me at all because it just looks like something I’ve seen before. The waterfall won the bid end of story now all these unnecessary lawsuits are annoying and stops the project from starting.

Gene
3 years ago

Why, oh why is FDOT (the taxpayers of Florida) going ahead with this tremendous waste of money on auto infrastructure? This 800 million dollars could be used so much better for a metromover extension to the Design Districtand to Coconut Grove, a link to the Beach from Downtown or any number of mass transit improvements. This is a waste and should not be allowed to proceed.

B Dub
3 years ago

As I understand it, that section needed to be replaced anyway. The bridge is meant to reintegrate the areas, especially Overtown, that were carved up when 95 and 395 were built.

Anonymous
3 years ago

melody pedestal sticks out like a sore thumb wtf

Anonymous
3 years ago

Auberge was supposed to cover it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Haha I was thinking the same.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami has more miles of coast line than most US cities, so can someone explain why we are building an $800 million “signature bridge” over land that is going to be hidden between Resorts World massive developments and those south of the bridge in the next 7-10 years?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sarnoff was a terrible commissioner, so go figure.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It really sucks that all these lawsuits will drastically delay the delivery of the project. I think that the winning design is much more aesthetically pleasing than the losing bid and that the right decision was made.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

I hope Sarnoff is looking out for the city’s interests, and not his law firm’s or his own…

suomynona
3 years ago

The dancers look better.

But this whole “bridge” crap is a joke.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It doesn’t matter what design was chosen there would still be a lawsuit from somewhere. Tell me how many projects in Miami that hasn’t had a lawsuit? Seems to me it’s always someone doesn’t like the fact a developer was awarded a bid or contract so to be petty here comes the lawsuit.

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

While you are all debating the look of both bridges, no one is paying attention to what is proposed below. The Dancers bridge has a better under bridge layout than the Spider legs. That is very important for me cause as a local, I want to enjoy the under bridge recreation area and also cause the losing bid bridge height is higher there by allowing more light under bridge. So I am not a fan of the Spider leg bridge.

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

probably some paid troll from the spider leg bridge thumbed this down.

Peter Confalone
3 years ago

Kill “The Bridge to Nowhere”

Anonymous
3 years ago

And by nowhere you mean the world-renowned Miami Beach and the tunnel to the world’s busiest cruise port?

Peter Confalone
3 years ago

That road already exists.