FDOT Launches Interactive Map Showing New Community Spaces Being Built As Part Of $800M Signature Bridge

Construction is now underway on the $800M Signature Bridge in downtown Miami, which will include new public spaces under and next to the new roadway.

A website launched by the Florida Department Of Transportation includes an interactive map showing those community spaces.

According to the map, the new spaces include:

  • An interactive water fountain next to Biscayne Boulevard
  • Multipurpose space/valet parking in a plaza fronting the Arsht Center
  • Dog park
  • Trail and pedestrian bridge
  • Community garden
  • Children’s play area
  • Amphitheater with lighting and murals
  • Market Plaza
  • Legacy Wall

The FDOT site notes that they are committed to building the proposed common spaces, but are still actively working with local agencies to identify partners to operate and maintain them.

To see the map, click here and scroll down.

Completion is scheduled for fall 2023.

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Anonymous

what is the point of an amphitheater next to an off ramp?! Will you be able to hear anything?

Anonymous

please, you think anyone at fdot cares? it’s just to help ram through this project no on one wants.

Anonymous

It’s going to look stunning

Anonymous

but how will it sound

Miami Hurricane

Maybe a putting green… city will be down a golf course

Reality

Perhaps there is a synergy here. Move the golf course from Melreese and relocate it here? And, put a climate ribbon under the bridge so everyone will stay cool during the summer.

Anonymous

I think the city is planning to have a shakespeare festival with homeless actors

Anonymous

Not a bad idea.. a lot of actors may be homeless & hungry artists.

Anonymous

They’re going to hold Ultra there. You’ll be able to hear.

Anonymous

The whole project is a massive misappropriation of funds. It should be used instead to build a rail link to Miami Beach, which will *remove* vehicles from the road and not require this giant bridge / interchange which will substantially increase capacity and thus demand (see induced demand)

Anonymous

The sad part is they could have at least built the bridge with space for a rail link or express bus in the future but didn’t.

Anonymous

Signature project was paid by Cars/Drivers/Toll Fees. Reading is important.

Dokter

Ironically, the above statement is catagorically incorrect. The 836 component (flyover) is funded with toll $$. Meanwhile, the signature bridge is being constructed as part of 395, under the auspices of FDOT (funded with a mix of gas tax and federal tax dollars)

Anonymous

They should put aside just a little money to educate dopey people about money, cost, and value.
Maybe reading comprehension, and how Federal Highway funds work.

Anonymous

Once complete this will enhance pedestrian flows between Wordlcenter and the Arsht center and open up further development of the A/E district that should also enhance the connectivity to Overtown, which the 95 overpass originally decimated – also moving the off ramps to N Miami Ave will alleviate traffic near Biscayne especially during events at the AAA. Overall, I feel this project is a net positive to the surrounding area, but I also feel there is a missed opportunity to include future plans for a rail line connecting the mainland to Sobe along 395 directly from the Worldcenter (or surrounding area). It’s hard to argue that the areas underneath the overpass can get any worse as it currently stands (the massive drug den on 14th st has thankfully been eradicated recently due to this project) and yes traffic will suck and there will be delays, but once complete Miami will be much better off.

transplant

Missing an opportunity to add something right in front of the Arsht Center that brings character to the area. That’s where they should put a market/outdoor shaded cafe area within a park setting.

transplant

Thinking like the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv (both indoor & outdoor parts)

Anonymous

“Right in front of the Arscht Center”. You mean, like a Signature Bridge?
I agree, that would be awesome!!
sigh…

Anonymous

But will people actually use that space to visit and walk.

Anonymous

only if they build enough parking

peej

How is a Skate-Park not park of the plans? I see the Amphitheater quickly turning into one if they don’t set some space aside…

Anonymous

Agreed, the temporary skate park that used to be on the Miami Arena site helped keep those assholes away, so a permanent one would work wonders.

ILoveMiami

OK. Seriously. I’ve been a proponent of this bridge from the start. Yes, I do agree that in an ideal world, the money should have been used for rapid transit. But it was not earmarked for that. So, lets all get over it. You can’t always get what you want. Now, what about this park? How many times have we seen the Noguchi fountain at Bayfront actually working? It sometimes sits there, no water floating, for weeks at a time. How many of you have seen any kind of play/act/show at the small amphitheater behind the shuttle memorial at Bayfront? In all the years it has been built, I have never seen anything happening there other than the occasional “Herald Hunt”. When are we going to learn that if you build it…they don’t always come. How long before the lamp posts are dark? Homeless sleeping in the amphitheater? The fountain shut off? Who will patrol this park after sunset? This is NOT Brickell or Miracle Mile (and it will be years before it is as vibrant as those areas). The people who will eventually live at MWC, Canvas, Art Plaza, Melody and the others may walk their dogs…but use an… Read more »

Anonymous

you are absolutely correct…i predict the fountain will operate for the post construction photo op then break down and never serve as more than a huge mosquito breeding ground….and valet at arsht is tragic…should use that area for pop ups and farmers market

Anonymous

So according to your logic, only build public plazas and parks in Brickell or Coral Gables? Interesting

The population in Miami is about to double over the next 5-10 yrs. The biggest increase in growth is happening in Downtown Miami, Omni A&E, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater, Design District, Buena Vista/Biscayne Corridor.

ILoveMiami

No. That’s not what I wrote. I’m all for public spaces—plazas, fountains, parks, but in locations that will actually be used. Lets build a whole bunch of fountains! Paris and London have dozens. But they all run…24/7. Here? Not so much. Who is going to come from Midtown to hang out in the amphitheatre? People who go to the Arsht (myself included) get in their cars and split. I like the park idea. The fountain. Even the amphitheatre. Just not under the highway in an underdeveloped and sometimes desolate area. Things might change 5-10 years from now. But, not yet. Save the money from the amphitheater, what ever the wall thing is gonna be and use it for better lighting (safety) and to run the fountain.

Anonymous

Things will be changed in 5 years. Right about the time this project is finalized.

Anonymous

It’s not Brickell YET…but it will be way better SOON

Anonymous

With your line of thinking, nothing will ever be built, much less succeed. There have been many blighted areas that given the right ideas, safeguards and maintenance has converted to really active destinations. One example is the defunct railroad in NY that was transformed into a popular urban park.

ILoveMiami

I agree 100%. But you also recognize the criteria including the “right ideas, safeguards and maintenance”. Those are three elements that unfortunately don’t always come together here. I’ve lived here over 50 years now and I have seen lots of great ideas and money wasted because the other components never materialized. Blame the city or county administrators, the planners, apathy on the part of Miamians who don’t go out and “participate”, crime, or a host of other reasons. I don’t really know what happens, but it does.

Anonymous

Children’s play area: who wants their kids sucking in exhaust fumes from a giant highway?

Anonymous

Or anyone really

Anonymous

That’s why I’m buying a Tesla as my next car. Electric cars are superior. Tired of inhaling these funes in traffic for 30 mins to an hour at a time every single day

Anonymous

Valet parking in a plaza? Surface parking lots should be banned in downtown. That’s what parking garages are for and we have a lot of those.

Anonymous

So the Baywalk extension under the overpass won’t get any love?

Anonymous

You mean the giant mound of dirt from the bay to biscayne blvd? they hoped no one would notice.

Anonymous

I think they will open up the Baywalk with a safe clearance.
It is irresponsible to assume otherwise.

Eric

I was born and raised in miami but i moved to DC in 2002. DC had been losing population since the 50’s it has added over 100,000 ppl in almost 20 years. The city has been revitalized beyond belief. High crime areas then are now places where ppl want to live. And the expansion of the DC metro rail is a big help. I would never move back to FL. The backwards way of thinking in regard to mass transit and the low wages are the main reasons. I didn’t have a car for 2 years at 1 point but because i could just walk to the train and get to where i wanted to go. Mind you our sytem is over 110 miles in length. And runs frequently. Even the buses run frequently especially during rush hour. If you live in the city proper you can live without a car if you wanted to. I love it here despite the winter. Expand metromover throughout the city and the beach. Build apartments and condos next to the rail stations will go along way. Thats what they did here. Do some research on DC and ppl would see the progress.

Anonymous

The FEDERAL debt was $5.6 Trillion in 1999.
It is now well over $15 Trillion.

Give me $10,000,000,000,000 and I will grow Miami’s population like like the beauracrats grew Washington DC’s population.

If I could confiscate other people’s money (with penalty of tax prison if they dont give it to me), and if I could borrow money that I will never pay back, I’d create jobs, I’d build a Baylink, and everything!!

Anonymous

Doubt they’ll finish by 2023, they’ll probably be still working on the Flagler Street disaster. Also, the park is not going to look as nice as in these pictures. Have a feeling they’ll use the park space for parking.

Miami Hurricane

^^^^ Reference: Parcel B, American Airlines Arena

Anonymous

flager street isn’t going to be completed anything soon.

Anonymous

That’s 5 Years! In China this tiny project would be completed in 5 months TOPS lol.

Anonymous

Using asbestos drywall and other abuses with slave labor.

Anonymous

They should add more artist elements and lights like they’ve been doing under 826 in the Design District

Interested

Agree….A shaded Public Plaza in front of the Arsht Center would have been epic for this city. Instead, we get valet parking.

POLO

That park will be toxic with all that traffic nearby.

Anonymous

Doesn’t Bayfront and Museum parks have traffic nearby?

Anonymous

What an absolute disgrace for the city of Miami and it’s “leadership”. This has to be the most idiotic design ever of an urban “public” space. It reflects a complete lack of understanding of the most basic urban and public space design principles. It’s essentially just a massive highway with some gimmicky “green/community space” elements haphazardly scattered around like potted plants on a barren concrete patio. In fact there is almost no porous green space, it’s almost all hardscape. No one will use these “community spaces” lost in the roar of cars and stench of car exhaust. Very few people even use waterfront Museum Park. It should have been mostly permeable green stormwater recharge area with native plants and bike paths through it with the ramps and highway elements screened with greenery. Instead it’s all harsh wide-open hardscape intended to provide see through visibility so that the homeless don’t camp out. They’re going to take over anyway and no one can stop them because they can’t be legally moved even from busy sidewalks downtown. It’s hard to pick the worst of these disparate “community” spaces but the surface valet-parking area stands out. Who wants to walk around a barren unshaded… Read more »

George Sanchez-Calderon

Mind Boggling – George Sánchez-Calderón ???

Anonymous

They should show a map of all the metrorail that isn’t getting build because we’re wasting money on this.

Anonymous

We should cancel this project and put the money towards building the wall

aceraroja

You didn’t tell me there would be a Legacy Wall! Forget Metrorail let’s just rebuild every single highway overpass in the county and call them urban plazas

Anonymous

Dumb comment.

Anonymous

If more people looked to buying an Electric Vehicle as their next car then we would be inhaling less toxic fumes and have less road noise. My next car will be a Tesla

Anonymous

If only projects looked like these renderings…..dang looks like heaven!

Federico

In the very last minute, there will be placing up walls to provide more safety, and to deflect any fumes and loud motorcycles.

Anonymous

Excellent project.. will definitely enhance the area and jump start more development in the area.

Anonymous

Well that site isn’t mobke friendly. If u look at one pic u get stuck there ??‍♂️