It wouldn’t cost much to place all remaining power lines in the Brickell and Downtown area underground, according to an engineering firm’s report presented to a DDA Board of Directors meeting last week.
Total cost to put every power line underground in the Downtown Development area would run between $30 to $40 million, since most lines are already underground.
The up-and-coming Arts & Entertainment district has the most lines still above ground, and would be most expensive.
During Hurricane Irma, most buildings in Downtown and Brickell didn’t lose power, thanks to underground utilities – required in new construction.
Sunny Isles Beach is moving all utilities underground, and construction is nearly complete. Palm Beach recently voted to move utilities underground, but it will cost owners of single family homes $1,190 every year for the next 30 years.