Foundation Halfway Complete For Double Deck Highway, Casting Underway

Contractors are making progress on building a double deck highway as part of the Signature Bridge project, according to a monthly progress report.

The foundation of the double deck highway has now passed the halfway point. A total of 257 out of 507 auger cast piles have now been installed, the report said.

Contractors have begun casting the first of 140 bridge caps needed for the double deck highway. A total of 13 have been cast so far.

For the Signature Bridge itself through downtown Miami itself, foundation work is nearly halfway complete. Contractors have already installed 260 highway segments.

Contractors will cast a total of 1,949 segments for the project.

Work also continues to add a second lane from eastbound 836 to northbound I-95, which has been a bottleneck for decades.

 

Double deck highway and new northbound I-95 ramp:

Signature Bridge:

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Anonymous
8 months ago

I love the bridge but we need to focus on better public transportation and less cars. That’s where the future is. Miami could lead the way instead of being stuck in the past.

Anonymous
8 months ago

People still dont understand that this money for the bridge doesnt come from city of Miami or Miami Dade County. Comes from the FDOT and people are still going to drive cars no matter what because its not feasible to get heavy rail to all parts of the county. If FDOT gives the money you gotta take it while its there

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes but I don’t see much focus on world class public transportation (buses don’t count)!

Anonymous
8 months ago

I agree on the public transportation. Buses suck and it really needs to be rail. Unfortunately, the idiots that run City of Miami and dade county cream their pants over buses and doing nothing

Anonymous
8 months ago

Neither does Metromover.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You must be an Uber or Lyft driver?

Anonymous
8 months ago

I agree with both of your comments. Bridge will look very nice, but definitely need to take the money when its available. Hopefully new administration will put more emphasis on rail.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Spoiler alert: it won’t.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I have a feeling most Miamians just want everyone else on the train so they can have the road to themselves.

If Miami ever does expand the Metrorail, it won’t affect road traffic because there will always be people willing to contend with a certain amount of traffic and a certain length of commute. There is a demand equilibrium that has been met and there’s no going back now.

Also, driverless cars will only exacerbate this as people will be more willing to lengthen their commutes, thus forcing the demand equilibrium even higher.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’m surprised your brain didn’t melt when you thought of all that.

1987
8 months ago

Miami drivers will always have to content with all the NY, NJ, Michigan, Ohio snow birds crowding our highways (having NO idea where they are driving at 50MPH without the use of a blinker)- NOT to mention the rental cars from users at MIA from Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela, etc.
It’s all a mess and will only continue to worsen without serious thought on infastructure.

Anonymous
8 months ago

the money does n’t come from the FDOT it comes from taxpayers.the FDOT should n’t be allowed to act as an autonomous entity and should be held accountable for wasting taxpayers money in useless projects like this one

Kenny
8 months ago

You really need to look up how tax money is appropriated by the tax law and codes

Anonymous
8 months ago

yes, take the money and spend it smartly, customize it to our needs. we will always use cars, but we need a functional train system, DESPERATELY!!!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Build a tunnel instead of this ugly mess!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Your mom ugly

Anonymous
8 months ago

childish

cool
8 months ago

ur dad

Anonymous
8 months ago

Actually, I think focus should now go on developing all those wasteland plots north of I395.
It still looks undesirable to walk around the Arscht Center. How can you encourage walkability and public transportation in an area I would not feel comfortable to walk my dog? I hope the beautiful bridge encourages development in the area. Right now, it’s still lackluster at best.

Anonymous
8 months ago

those are all privately owned lots for the most part. Melo has been developing that area and once the finish this work im sure youll see more high rises going up

Anonymous
8 months ago

There also isn’t a useful pedestrian walkway going N/S on the east side of Biscayne through that area. I run through there regularly and it’s basically running in traffic.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well…the leaders that chose the Signature Bridge as a suspension did so with that consideration. Elevate the bridge. remove the mounds of dirt that is now supporting the roads, and that will open up pedestrian access from Museum Park, the bayfront, and the PAC.
$600M bridges do not happen overnight. The Port Tunnel was about 29 years in the making for perspective.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I just sea a lot of mess

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s not done yet dumb ass!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well, if he/she can’t tell the difference in the words ‘see’ and “sea’, do you really think they have mental envisioning capabilities?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Sad…stuck in the 1950’s…great cities like Boston and San Francisco TORE DOWN their double deck highways and here in 2021 Miami is building more..and still not building more transit.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Boston just re-route and undergrounded portions, and San Francisco’s was destroyed in an earthquake and didn’t rebuild because BART alleviated traffic.

Anonymous
8 months ago

good idea not to build them, but actually SF didn’t tear their down due to a good idea, they tore them down because earth quakes destroyed them. Embarcadero came crashing down in 1989 quake. Central Freeway had massive cracks and were required to remove it. The southern I-280 double deck was deemed very unsafe after a different 5.0 quake as well>
The northern end was removed as it was unfeasible to connect to the Bay Bridge – no cars ever drove on the last tenth of a mile of bridge.

I would do a tunnel verses the spider bridge over land.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Do you think that roads are just for people commuting to and from their job? What about all of the industries that depend on driving to service/delivering their products? Like it or not, the Amazon delivery guy or your plumber will not be taking the train. Not to mention all of the semis that crisscross the state and county with products coming out of port Miami and MIA. Roads are a multi-use mode of transportation, not just a link between the suburbs and downtown.

Do we need to think about and expand public transit where it is warranted, you bet. However, bashing roads as some outdated means of transportation is close minded. We need to have more options, but not at the expense of industry.

Anonymous
8 months ago

See*

POLO
8 months ago

Double deck, double mistake, UGLY!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yeah there are beautiful double decks all over the world clown

Anonymous
8 months ago

While I love a beautiful bridge, I don’t see this one as a pretty bridge. Plus it could easily be a regular bridge because the span isn’t that long.

If they want a pretty bridge that is more visible, it could have been over the water portion.

A tunnel from I-95 to the McArthur Island side. (the Port Tunnel works without flooding, so this can too).
The land above that is a pedestrian walk would have been much more safe than under 8 plus lanes of traffic.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nice pics

Yet Another Anonymous
8 months ago

Eastbound 395 Northbound I-95?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Does not compute 😂😂

Anonymous
8 months ago

826 eastbound becomes 395 right before 95. It’s that left exit toward Ft La that backs up for a mile with jerks cutting in at the last minute from the other lanes.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Typo, 836.

Anonymous
8 months ago

you are spot on….idiot drivers are epidemic in miami

Anonymous
8 months ago

Amen! Overtuned supercars backfiring and drivers staring at their phones while terrifying pedestrians.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I love blocking them when they try to get in at the last moment

Yet Another Anonymous
8 months ago

Of course they will make all the flyovers uniform double Lanes just like the dolphin Palmetto. The most basic level of improvement but there will never be a three-lane even if one connection was proven or expected to have the most traffic in the future.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Double, where?

Calivalle
8 months ago

Miami’s jewl..💎💎💎💎

Anonymous
8 months ago

What an utter waste of Money 🙁

Anonymous
8 months ago

This will look amazing.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Pffft should’ve triple decked…in all seriousness this should unlock a longstanding bottleneck and increase pedestrian traffic in the downtown core – progress looks great!

Anonymous
8 months ago

One level for each direction (North, South, and East).

Azarius
8 months ago

I understand we need better streets and fewer cars. But taking every car off the street and not building parking would turn Miami into Detroit. Desolate the city. We don’t have the infrastructure yet and it takes Years to complete.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Look, people on this site who clamor for fewer cars on the streets don’t understand or giveashit about this city’s ever growing population. Them, their bother, sister, cousin, aunt, uncle, friends, plus neighbors are having babies all the time and nothing’s gonna stop that. No matter how much anyone wants less traffic, that’s the reality of things, so just deal with it.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Simple solution, increase density

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s not either/or. Progress is made at the margins. Young professionals in their early 20s save a lot of money if they can avoid owning a car. It’s an offset to the higher rents you see in places like NYC where firms like Google, Amazon, etc. can’t help but add staff despite a miserable business and government climate.

Anonymous
8 months ago

People bitching about this project as if it’s not needed…as if it wont help alleviate traffic. Here in Florida we drive…our car is our first choice. We are not New York, those people dont really have a choice but we do! Funny thing is how many of you actually use metro? Probably nobody here so why you always bitch when you dont even use it yourself? We need better infrastructure for cars as well as better public transportation! Cant have one without the other, they both can coexist!

Anonymous
8 months ago

We don’t use the metro because:

A. It won’t take us to where we need to go. So we have to walk a very long distance to our destination.

B. The tracker says its coming in 15-20 mins when it really came in 30-40 mins (sometimes 60 min) causing us to be late or sometimes its comes too early and we miss it or doesn’t even come (my favorite)!

C. The metro left us because its too full. While you watch a bus on another route carry only 3 people!

D. When walking there isn’t any shade from the sun. And then you go on the bus with broken or barely functioning air-conditioning.

E. Sometimes you have to sit next to someone with mental illness or is just a plain pervert or takes up 2 seats with their belongings or body

E. The sidewalks on our commute may not even exist causing us to be at the mercy of the gracious & courteous Miami Drivers, or some idiot decided to park on it, or some idiot made the sidewalk too thin.

Just some of my experiences riding the bus for 4 years during highschool and it gave me a lot of character. After that I promised myself I would never take the metro in Miami again, i’ll just drive or take uber.

Hope this explains why some of us decide not to use the metro.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I 100% agree and these are the top priority issues we should work on solving, not spending billions adding more lanes to a highway and hoping it doesn’t get more congested in a year.

William
8 months ago

Congrats to the FDOT team for planning and executing this over the course of decades. Progress looks great!

Anonymous
8 months ago

It will be swimming with the fish in 20 years mark my words. Sea Level rise is real.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You will be dead by then so why worry

Anonymous
8 months ago

Move west, young man! ;-p

Anonymous
8 months ago

So? We’ll only use the upper deck😅

Anonymous
8 months ago

Your forecast is fake.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The climate Czar has spoken! Let’s give reverence to Gorestradamus and all his predictions.