Here’s How Much It Will Cost To Put Power Lines Underground In Downtown Miami

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.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

cost $1,190 every year for 30 years.

LOL. Someone’s making a killing.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That is the cost of a couple of impact fees for a few condos, hopefully they could use those funds to pay for it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Agree!

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

Good idea. Do it. Especially Wynwood and edgewater.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They’re not part of DDA–well, a sliver of Edgewater is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Make FPL pay for it!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Worst power company in the United States, if not the Western Hemisphere. Even illegal Brazilian slums have better power grids.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Laughably stupid comment

Anonymous
3 years ago

When will Edgewater/Midtown/Wynwood be included by DDA?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why would it be included in the DDA?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because it’s part of the urban core and necessary to interweave with the downtown initiatives to have a fully connected transit core. For instance, isn’t it odd that the Bayline will just end at the Women’s Center? Surely some people would want connected transit to visit Wynwood/Midtown/Design District? Call me crazy, but seems logical to me.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Undergrounding should have been done thirty years ago, and upgrading streetscrapes from narrow and ubiquitous concrete sidewalks and crappy 1960s cobraheads and 1980s post tops streetlights, to wider assorted pavers and both classical and modern streetlights with LEDs.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree, this should not be a contention. It should be a de facto. Every town and city in Europe has their grid underground. Those poles and power lines are so third World

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well most cities in America and other First World countries like Japan and Australia have a lot of utility poles, but at least it’s organized. Here thanks to “NextEra” Energy’s Third World mindset. We have multiple ROWs of poles along the same street. I’ve even seen instances of poles right next to each other, with no rhyme or reason why the extra wasn’t eliminated.

Money$
3 years ago

fake

Suomynona
3 years ago

The cost to bury power lines has to be cheaper than the cost to repair damaged power lines and the loss in economic activity caused by mass power outages.

This is a no brainer. But I don’t trust FPL to do the right thing, ever. Nor do I expect “leaders” in Florida to do much about it.