First Look Underneath The Signature Bridge, Where A 33-Acre Park Called The Underdeck Is Planned

Downtown Miami is getting a new Signature Bridge with a park underneath called The Underdeck, and we are now getting our first view of what the space under the bridge will look like.

A photo of the area under the bridge was uploaded to Twitter by Better Streets Miami Beach, which criticized its construction and noted that it is now at “just a fraction of the total width.”

Advocates of the bridge say that the new highway span will be as much as 44 feet higher than the current I-395 bridge, creating more light and open space. There will also be a reduction in columns from 800 to 200.

The area under the bridge is planned to include park space, instead of the current surface parking.

A second place proposal for the bridge called dancers would have removed several earthen plugs that block pedestrian access, including one that would have opened up access between the Arsht Center and Museum Park. It was controversially rejected by FDOT.

Another plan would have buried the highway entirely, but was rejected after studies showed it would have cost nearly three times as much.

Plans for The Underdeck still have not been finalized, according to Miami Today. Design is ongoing and a concept plan is expected in mid-2021.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Running a MetroMover line across the bay into Miami Beach would’ve been much cheaper and more useful for the citizens.

Anonymous
1 month ago

x1000

Anonymous
1 month ago

x1000 would be the overcapacity if Metromover is used.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So you’re saying it would have been a wild success because it was the right choice… got it.

not the biggest optimist for a park
1 month ago

Exactly. use $200M to fix the old bridge that didn’t need widening and add the MetroMover to service all of Downtown Miami and surrounding area. Keeps a lot of cars off the streets, and increases foot traffic for the beach stores and restaurants.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Metromover already services “Downtown Miami and the surrounding area.” You literally want it to expand over five times its current length and beyond what it was built for.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The MetroMover was conceived for a growing Miami decades ago.. so you think it’s impossible for it to successfully “expand over five times its current length and beyond?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

havent you noticed you can attach more than one train car= growth

Anonymous
1 month ago

Too many dummies in this city think that the MetroMover is a transit rail system that should be ignored.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They don’t care about the citizens LOL tourists are their main priority

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, until it falls apart being over capacity and doesn’t even pay for itself because there’s no fee.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This section of I-395 was built in the 60s and had reached EOL. Something like 10 years ago when they first studied the various options for I-395, they looked at simply repairing the bridge and I believe that was going to cost $300-400M. Those extra $400-500M spent on the signature bridge could have been better spent on on public transit but it’s not like they could just completely defer the I-395 project.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice drawing, but I wonder how many people are actually going to want to congregate 10 feet from all those cars whizzing by at 60+ mph.

Anonymous
1 month ago

With no one using the left lane of the 3 lane roadway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not only was I thinking the same thing you wrote, I was also wondering “where are these people in the rendering under the bridge going?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

What?? It’s literally over 40 feet higher than the current 395 dude go to New York and open your eyes

Anonymous
1 month ago

only homeless are going to hang out there. beyond stupid idea

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly what I’ve said before. Unlike the movie…”If you build it…they wont come”. No where near enough people living in the area yet who would want to hang out there, specially after dark. Not going to happen, but graffiti, homeless poop/urine, and needles will. Way too much crime in the area for people to want to go there…and for what? What will they do when they get there?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exhibit A for induced demand.

Anonymous
1 month ago

>>A proposal… would have removed several earthen plugs that block pedestrian access

Another huge missed opportunity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Defund FDOT

Anonymous
1 month ago

I have a hard time believing that anyone is going to hang out I’m a park under a overpass besides homeless people. Unless you put a skate park or basketball courts there

Anonymous
1 month ago

“I have a hard time believing that anyone is going to hang out I’m a park under a overpass”

Um.. what?

Anonymous
1 month ago

*In

Anonymous
1 month ago

agreed – yet another stupid miami idea waste of money

Anonymous
1 month ago

Actually, it was the FDOT idea.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not saying that it will definitely work here, but if you go to Asia (from steamy Guangzhou to suffocating Singapore) you’ll find teenagers and the elderly all dancing the night away underneath less attractive elevated highways than this. Sports facilities/playgrounds/dog runs would all be a good idea, though.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I understand what you’re saying.. but you know how it is here in Miami, if they see one homeless person there, some people on this site will scream “bloody murder!”

Anonymous
1 month ago

The former stretch of I395 from the waterfront to I-95 was in SEVERE need of repair. It would have cost about $200M to REPAIR the old stretch. This alternative straightens out the serpentine road, and lifts it up with modern engineering (instead of road mostly on mounds of dirt) to provide open space connecting neighborhoods.
To understand what an improvement this makes, one would just have to walk from the waterfront about 5 blocks west under the current configuration. Park or no park, this is a tremendous improvement.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay.. but do we actually need a “giant spider” looking suspension also?

Anonymous
1 month ago

no, the “signature bridge” was demanded by Sarnoff and friends.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s see – I’m in Miami and my choices are: a park, a club, a beach — oh I know, let’s go hang out under a bridge.

Anonymous
1 month ago

With more density, priorities change. Look at NYC

Freedumbs
1 month ago

People will prioritize playing under a bridge versus a nice South Florida beach?? is u fo serious? lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah I’m serious. I’m a nagger.. if I’m there and see something I don’t like, I’ll complain about it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hate the beach. I been to beach 3 times in 10 years of living here. I prefer a park under a bridge.

not the biggest optimist for a park
1 month ago

Miami’s newest Homeless Encampment.
After opening, I give it two weeks before you see trash, and stuff left behind as well as people breaking the bushes so sleep behind them.

Would be great if they had small Business under it as well to pull people there, but who is going to want to shop there with that noise – especially with a waterfront mall some 10 blocks away or less

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly..!!! Or even Museum Park

Anonymous
1 month ago

I got an idea. Those outside bars in Wynwood can set up there and play loud music all they want. I doubt anyone would be bothered by it.

Alpina
1 month ago

Unbelievable!!! This grotesque ramp is not the Brooklyn Bridge, besides the homeless who is gonna want to hang out under the most boring piece of precast concrete with the most generic pattern??? I can say it a million times…somebody is making big bucks with this useless ramp ‘dressed up’ as a park.

Tony
1 month ago

The most Inhospitable environment and the most generic design. Better not waist money in the so-called park. Just fill it up with vegetation so it helps to distract the eye from the highway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This park is so horrible that we will need to extend the underline to fix it

Anonymous
1 month ago

What was the problem in the first place? I don’t recall the exact need for this new bridge…anyone?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agree, they should study similar projects across the globe so we don’t end up waisting money when we have major needs of mass transit

Anonymous
1 month ago

No problem at all was the real problem but they still manage to allocate billions without creating much fuss. I just that image doesn’t represent the ‘park design’

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well, well, well, what do you guys want? A park or a parking lot? You always seem to complain about the same things

Anonymous
1 month ago

What we want is for this 1.3 billion dollar grotesque waste of money to not be built at all. It will create more problems then it solves

Anonymous
1 month ago

Big matute trees could help to buffer the noise and definitely more vegetation and less concrete would make the space more inviting

Anonymous
1 month ago

So only one section of this bridge is elevated while the ramps going up and down are still going to be the same height creating the exact same situation that existed before?

This idiotic idea was nothing more than another FDOT giveaway to their contractor friends. My guess is after this project ends up running behind schedule and over budget (at a time when it should be expedited since traffic flows arent close to what they have been over the last year) , and the area under the bridge looks exactly the same, the legislature will finally do whats been needed and completely cleans house at FDOT and make sure not a single bureaucrat who was involved with this ever sees a state job again.

It cant be overstated how many work hours have been lost to this insanity by the same morons who turned everyones commute on the Palmetto more of a nightmare because they didnt realize taking away two lanes of traffic while adding one was going to piss a whole bunch of working people off because they cant afford $20 a day to throw away on the express lanes. The legislature luckily stepped in and stripped away the tolls but they should have just gone full bore and disbanded the FDOT down here.

POLO
1 month ago

It’s stupid to have a park under a expressway, and ramps. Just going there every day will give you lung cancer from all the exhaust.

William
1 month ago

Electric cars are on the way.

Anonymous
1 month ago

brake dust, tire dust.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Electric cars have regenerative braking so there’s hardly any brake dust. Also, who’s gonna be braking on this stretch of highway?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just get rid of homeless and drug addicts please! Otherwise this will become their “home”

Anonymous
1 month ago

my thoughts exactly… see above…. I give it two weeks before things are broken and smelling of alcoholic pee.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about support housing for them?

Anonymous
1 month ago

IT’S AN “OVER PASS” NOT A “BRIDGE”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol that rendering is just a dolled up version of what’s currently there. The spaghetti maze of on ramps and off ramps that drop to surface level is what makes it look so depressing to begin with. Raising the middle an extra 40 feet does nothing, it’s still gonna be a giant wall dividing the city in half. What a gigantic waste

Anonymous
1 month ago

Big baby lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dia

Anonymous
1 month ago

This NEEDs activity areas like basketball courts, skating ramps, workout equipment, fenced dog runs, etc to take advantage of the shade and distract from the location.
If they just leave it as a strolling area it will become a homeless camp. I can think of a hundred better places to go for a stroll and have an ice-cream than under a highway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I love it when people whine that metro mover would be better. Even if it was, what can you do about it? All you guys do is complain

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sorry but I think the MetroMover is a useful entity that my tax dollars paid for and is still paying for. But everybody can’t be some unemployed lazy bum sleeping on their moms coach… so, some of us whine.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami winning federal dollars

Anonymous
1 month ago

the wrong kind

Jesus
1 month ago

Why do all these great things take so long to construct? Call me impatient but when I see other countries we look down upon motivated, methodical, and disciplined to build this is in more than likely, less than an year, it sincerely frustrates me. I like the concept. Keep building more parks underneath bridges. Let’s get that Underline done though! That’s the real piece to having a wonderful park or parks rather in Miami!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Then call Chin Chin Ping in China. He will give an order and everything will be built in a year, or else!

Anonymous
1 month ago

althought it may fall apart if China made it.

THey could precast sections and bring them in and assemble in a much quicker pace.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Geezus Jesus.. this is only costing us taxpayers almost a billion dollars, so just like during the airport expansion, expect some sloughing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

the empire state building took one year to complete. this is Miami. LOL total joke

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Empire State was built during the Great Depression, and back then it wasn’t impossible to hire hundreds of people to work on it for only a few dollars a day.