Final Height Of Miami’s ‘Bridge For The Ages’ Has Been Approved, & Cranes Will Now Be Installed

The final height for Miami’s Signature Bridge was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration this week.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has called the project “a bridge for the ages” in a 2017 memo.

A total of six arches are planned, with the tallest at 330 feet above ground:

  • Arch 1 – 180 feet above ground, 186 feet above sea level
  • Arch 2 – 230 feet above ground, 237 feet above sea level
  • Arch 3 – 180 feet above ground, 187 feet above sea level
  • Arch 4 – 250 feet above ground, 253 feet above sea level
  • Arch 5 – 330 feet above ground, 332 feet above sea level
  • Arch 6 – 250 feet above ground, 252 feet above sea level

All of the arches had their heights approved by the FAA last week, with review taking about ten months following a November 2018 application.

A total of four boom cranes were also approved for installation. Each crane will be installed this month at a height of 420 feet above ground, and will stay in place until February 2021.

By comparison, several adjacent towers including Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum and Marquis are about 700 feet above ground.

The length of the bridge will be 1,025 feet.

Contractor Archer Western de Moya has said that the “Miami Fountain of Light” design of the bridge will be the only of its kind in the world, with an LED lighting system at night.

Completion is expected in 2023, but contractors say that traffic relief for motorists will begin much earlier. Within 12 months of the start of construction, newly added lanes and ramps will already start to improve the flow of vehicles, they say.

 

 

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Anonymous

The bridge will unlock plenty of pedestrian space beneath and connect A&E and world center beautifully while providing plenty of shade can’t wait for completion!

suomynona

Your comment is fine except for the “shade” aspect. Give me a break. Most people could care less about hanging out under an overpass, shade or no shade.

Anonymous

Unless they put a large market there

Anonymous

Yes! Arches Market!

William

Agree ! Going to be awesome!

Anonymous

Found the PR firm hired by FDOT.

Anonymous

I agree, I like the bridge but I am more excited about the pedestrian space below.

Anonymous

This space will quickly become derilict. Remember, the State has turned over maintenance responsibilities as well as design to the City of Miami. Need I say more? Have you noticed how well they maintain the underbelly of the current overpass? homelessness and graffiti everywhere? Why should we expect any better from the City? They have proven themselves incapable at every turn. I guarantee you that the so-called park will be value engineered to the bare minimum. Imagine how hot and unpleasant it will be with the noise from traffic above. Would you honestly bring your family or anyone else to visit this park?

Anonymous

what ?! you can’t picture bringing a date or your family for a lovely picnic as car’s wiz past and the attendant noxious fumes and street entrepreneurs trying to sell you fresh Coconut milk ?

Anonymous

Shade under bridges is lovely and very healthy.

Anonymous

Why is a ROW for future rail not included in this project?

Anonymous

Metro rail could’ve gone through this corridor for the beach but making the orange line from the beach to the airport makes too much sense

Anonymous

What you are saying makes too much sense. We don’t like that kind of thinking down here.

Anonymous

The popular sentiment on the thread is extrodinary and thoughtful.

Miami Beach is in a CRISIS!!
No one goes there.
Tourists have no way of getting to the island.
You cant get service because there are
no luxurious bullion dollar Baylink.

We only have 18 years left before people will be stranded on the Miami side just starting at Miami Beach accross the water wondering when a 4 Billion Baylink will come around.

Crisis….

BigCityLover

There was a ROW for Metrorail when the I-395 bridge to Watson Island was widened in the 90’s… but that was reallocated to the PortMiami Tunnel. Thus making it difficult now.

Anonymous

Run it over the FEC freight spur to the port, and cross to Watson Island. A lot of Metrorail is built on FEC R-O-Ws, so it’s not impossible.

Anonymous

Don’t cruise ships and super yachts turn around in this area?

Anonymous

close but not that close

Anonymous

Because the KOCH brothers have bought off many of our countries politicians to ensure any public transport system only goes so far further incresasing this countries demand /reliance on oil, which they are heavily invested in.

Anonymous

GORGEOUS!!!!!!
Now start building towers around this structure. The views are going to be amazing…

Anonymous

That will never happen. The Arsht Center forbids it.

Anonymous

Hey dopey…… what about all the Melo Towers across from the Arsht?

Anonymous

those are allowed because they block the less attractive views.

POLO

If you take the arches, it’s just a plain highway overpass that will forever divide downtown from the rest of the urban area to the north. A sunken highway would of been the best solution, but very expensive.

Anonymous

>bridge will be the only of its kind in the world,

Yes, bridges typically go over body’s of water or other natural obstacles.

Anonymous

This is a natural obstacle.
Who would want to walk around those huge empty parking lots in front of our Arscht Center?

Anonymous

All of the arches had their heights approved by the FAA last week, with review taking about ten months following a November 2018 application. ** 10 months of review ?! Meanwhile I preferred the other design.

Anonymous

This design looks very ametuerish. (Mikey mouse)

Anonymous

Not the most practical use of money, but it does look nice and should help bring more development to the World Center/A&E/Edgewater communities…

Anonymous

It’s very practical to replace/redevelop old bridges.

Anonymous

Yes it is, but not with an overdesigned structure. This could have been accomplished with an alternative simpler and sleek design, but Miami and County officials wanted their “Hood Ornament” over dry land. The majority of the funds being appropriated for this structure could have been put to better use such as the Bay Link.

Anonymous

Totally agree. Maybe less fanfare and a more problems solving bridge would make it more interesting

Anonymous

Hearing the engineers discuss the problems with the crumbling concrete, and the serpentine weaving of the highway, and the entry ramps from both the left and the right, and the traffic streaming over from the left side to the right westbound just to make the Northbound I-95 is astounding.
Engineers speak of the tremendous problems.
Fixing what is there would be $400M.
Buying the land, and straightening the path of I-395 so that it is straight shot and making sure that the exit ramps are safe and make sense is a bit more.
Adding a Signature Bridge while the opportunity exists is something that people well educated on this topic (like the engineers) agree is an intelligent and thoughtful plan.

Anonymous

OMG, if they maintain the”Fountain of Light” like they maintain Bayfront’s Signature Fountain, this thing will be dark 24/7/365.

Go Miami go.

A beautiful addition to Miami’s skyline!

Anonymous

How so? It does nothing for the skyline since it will be lost between the taller buildings, you know, like the little Ferris wheel?

NYC Loves Miami

So many negative comments about the bridge. Aren’t the arches going to support the bridge, thus allowing more space underneath and minimal use of unsightly massive pillars?

Anonymous

Beautiful Signature Bridge

Anonymous

I get the feeling there’s one person in suburban Virginia who does all these approvals for the whole country.
It doesn’t take long to actually do each, but there’s a 10 month backlog in the queue.

Anonymous

Form Follows Function be damned. This bridge folly will be a Miami joke for many years to come.

Anonymous

I’m lovin’ it!

Anonymous

They should have hired Calatrava. This design looks like my 5 year old made it.

Anonymous

55-acre Heritage Trail at ground level under and around the bridge, creating new parks and public open space with the goal of improving the Overtown and Omni area

Anonymous

I’m so glad we’re doing this instead of any kind of mass transit solution.

Anonymous

I wonder if the city will invest in proper amounts of trash receptacles? Around the mid town area , on ne 22nd st and the bay and other areas as well, Miami spends little money on proper placement and numbers of trash can needed.

Anonymous

I just don’t know … will this be a financial disaster that wasn’t necessary or will it finally help solve the horrific traffic problems from northwest 12 ave to past Biscayne blvd…????…stay tuned….

Dokter

The traffic flow is already improving.

Anonymous

That is true… it is better

Anonymous

What flow? Rush hours can be a dead stop.

Anonymous

” A bridge for the ages ” I like it. Nice one Gimenez.

Anonymous

I want this idea to be successful, but handing it over to the City is disappointing.

Anonymous

a total joke

Anonymous

There’s literally a real bridge right next to this that actually goes over water but we are wasting money on this

Anonymous

City of Miami isnt paying for this. The FDOT allocated money to do special jobs like this. If the City said no we dont want to do this bridge FDOT would have given the money to some other city. Makes no sense to not take the money in this situation since it should “help with traffic” and provide a decent park in downtown area.

Anonymous

the FDOT is such a kind and benevolent charitable organization

Anonymous

Gentrification in the urban core.

Anonymous

Gentrification is the #1 crime fighting tool.

Anonymous

Sad but true.

Anonymous

No question..a billion dollar Boondoggle for the Ages..another dressed up highway ripping through the heart of downtown…a “Signature” bridge over dry land to nowhere which will create the biggest homeless encampment yet in America…keep it up Miami, the sea is coming for you.

Anonymous

Is that you Chicken Little? LOL

Anonymous

As if you know where the sea stops and starts, because you don’t know where Downtown Miami does clearly.

Anonymous

The sea is moving a little inland every single day.