Here’s Why The $802M Signature Bridge Now Appears To Be At Least A Year Late

Construction on downtown Miami’s $802 million Signature Bridge got underway around a year ago.

Now, representatives of the project have confirmed to The Next Miami that completion has been pushed back to fall of 2024, a year later than planned.

Florida Department of Transportation community outreach specialist Oscar Gonzalez said there are three reasons for the delay:

  • Bayshore Drive water main relocation – a 36 inch water main currently located under Bayshore Drive will need to be relocated
  • Foundation design change – instead of driven concrete piles, the foundation of the I-395 segmental and signature bridges will now be built with auger cast piles
  • Events & weather – a number of days have been added

Under the terms of the contract with the Archer Western- de Moya Joint Venture design-build team, completion was due in four years, excluding holidays, weather, and special events. The clock started ticking on October 29, 2018, and completion had been expected in fall of 2023 until recently.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

This project is a farce. Cancel it now and take the money and build baylink. No point in throwing good money after bad.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The FDOT doesn’t care about “throwing good money after bad” because it’s your tax dollars they’re spending.

Laz
1 year ago

Who the F wants baylink, what you need is metro mover extension to Wynwood/Midtown

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami needs a Metromover extension to Wynwood/Midtown and a Metromover extension to Miami Beach.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who in hell authorized this stupid project waste of money did they think the taxpayers where going to pay for this never that money should go to mas transit expanding the metro rail north and south east there’s where the money should go

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is only the first of what will be many pushbacks on the completion date. Don’t worry FDOTs contractor buddies will get plenty more than expected from this and the only people who are gonna get hurt are the taxpayers stuck in traffic and the businesses losing man hours because FDOT decided this idiotic idea was worth it. Don’t they have some more express lanes to shove down our throats and create more traffic headaches

Anonymous
1 year ago

Correct. FDOT doesn’t care about the tens (hundreds?) of thousands of hours of time wasted by *people* in this project. Whatever time “savings” this will create by adding more lanes (hint: it won’t) probably won’t make up for all the lost time.

Magazine
1 year ago

Add another few zeros. Five years of construction is nearly two thousand days. (Tens of?) thousands of cars per day. If it causes ten thousand cars an extra 5 minutes per day (my guess is both of those are understatements) that’s 1.5 million hours.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So you’re saying it would just be cheaper (in terms of productivity ) to give the contractors money for no work.

Anonymous
1 year ago

FDOT needs to have elected representatives for each district. Not faceless bureaucrats, addicted to express lanes who suck the taxpayers dry like the leaches they are. If we had elected representatives something tells me boondoggles like this and parasitic express lanes wouldn’t be seen as such a necessity and we might actually have some movement for public transit

Anonymous
1 year ago

If only. I suspect however that these candidates will be on the hook to general contractors when they take their campaign contributions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Your probably right to some extent. But they would be answerable to voters and be subject to election laws. The faceless parasites running it now would have their faces plastered on commercials and the taxpayers could put a face to the reason they are forced to sit in hours of traffic

POLO
1 year ago

This project is a waste of money! It’s still a barrier dividing downtown from Edgewater. It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.

A Real Person who gets it!
1 year ago

And your proposed option on how to maneuver the massive amount of people and vehicles thru the area?

POLO
1 year ago

A sunken highway would have been the best option.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Absolutely look at how cities like Boston and Dallas do it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I just need someone to tell me how many problems is this bridge solving.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um…….. let me get back to ya…

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s nice FDOT is asking taxpayers to pay to sit in more traffic while creating a new traffic bottleneck in a spot that actually functioned well before

Anonymous
1 year ago

THIS IS A JOKE!

Miami politicians should be held accountable for this.

this project will not be done for at least another 8 years and it will probably cost 3X’s more than it’s supposed to.

We got ripped off!!! Marlins Part II

Anonymous
1 year ago

Uh, this is the Florida Department of Transportation that’s doing this. Miami politicians have nothing or can do nothing about it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

If you believe Miami politicians can do nothing to sway the FDOT then you are really delusional.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Then tell us how Miami politicians can sway FDOT O’wise one?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hell… our local people didn’t even get the design we wanted.

Anonymous
1 year ago

this project is soooooooooo idiotic

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not enough ooos.

Andrewn2
1 year ago

The existing bridge and ramp configuration was designed for less traffic than we have and have became grossly antiquated. It was time for a redo.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Expand the Metro Rail/Mover over to the beach and watch some of that traffic disappear.
I was thinking how much i wish there was Rail to the beach while i was circling around the beach for 30 minutes looking for parking last sunday

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you. Mover should be expanded 100%. And maybe a toll on the MacArthur to pay for it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Heck, why a toll?.. they’re gonna take the peoples tax money to build it anyway, plus you will get charged to ride on it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

One of the main reasons this project came to be was to remove the physical and visual barriers of I-395. I don’t see much more height clearance as it crosses Biscayne Blvd., and the Spider element only creates more visual clutter. Sometimes Less is indeed More. This design could use a lot LESS.

City Dude
1 year ago

To all the “Anonymous” nay-sayers… what do you want to do with the long-expired and extremely bad-designed I-395 connector? It’s not in healthy physical condition, and is only capable of handling 45% of *today’s* traffic! Whether you like it or not, it has to be replaced. And unlike many cities, burying it is NOT an option here in the Swamps of South Florida. People say it’s a “spider”… from day-one it looked like a fountain to me. And the arches play will with the design of the Arsht Center. Other cities have accomplished similar projects. The Anonymous Nay-Sayers creep out of the woodwork and just complain about every single thing. However, the city where I was born (I’ve been in Miami for 30+ years) had a series of similar bridges built. Complaints out the @$$! Now completed, they’re “fabulous” and a great complement to the cityscape. Also–the same was said about the Eiffel Tower prior to the Paris World’s Fair. Now a world-wide icon! I also have fears about the traffic-usability based on FDOT’s inability to design a single road or freeway that works efficiently. That aside… this is much better than another brown concrete monolith thru the city!

Anonymous
1 year ago

People are tired of seeing project like this being put up while our city claims there is “no money” for metrorail expansion. If the metro was extended(making it useful to more of the county) then we would not have to keep widening our highways every 5 years. The constant construction and toll expansion over that last 20 years have become a bad joke.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I stopped reading here:
>is only capable of handling 45% of *today’s* traffic!

I’d like a citation. It’s free flowing nearly all the time except for extreme peak event situations. One doesn’t build for the extreme cases. If spot improvements are needed – then do so.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“the city where I was born (I’ve been in Miami for 30+ years) had a series of similar bridges built”

Really, what city were you born in?

“the same was said about the Eiffel Tower prior to the Paris World’s Fair”

The Eiffel Tower can be compared to a road now… really?

“I also have fears about the traffic-usability based on FDOT’s inability to design a single road or freeway that works efficiently”

I see.. you don’t trust the FDOT but you defend them concerning these “Anonymous” nay-sayers” while at the same time you’re a “nay-sayer” also?

I swear, some people need to really think before they comment.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We would like to see transit solutions to our problems and not glorified giveaways to contractors so we can get more tolls, more construction, more traffic and be told nothing can be done to add more public transit and the roads still remain in hideous conditions. FDOT has become a parasitic organism down here addicted to tolls and express lanes, bleeding the taxpayers dry, and theres been little to show for anything in terms of traffic improvement. Instead we get a decade long project like the 826/836 interchange which did nothing to improve traffic but got FDOTs slimy contractor friends rich.

One of FDOTs “solutions” was to add express lanes to the Palmetto and turn the entire road into an absolute nightmare and punish people for not paying their ridiculous tolls. FDOT is a taxpayer funded entity meant to serve the transportation needs for the people of the State of Florida. Theres no logical reason to add express lanes to the Palmetto other than to stick their greedy hands into more pockets and watch as that money gets foolishly spent on more tolls, express lanes, “maintenance,” and inexcusably dumb vanity projects like this.

How about extending the Metorail down the freight line that runs out by Dolphin Mall? How about extending it down US 1 from Dadeland? What about extending the green line out towards Doral? The 27th Ave extension? The Northeast Line? Weve been getting bled dry by FDOT for over a decade with their 95 express lanes and that highways is being repaved every night and yet it is still in horrid condition.

And look up how many people have been killed on the express lanes. Its the deadliest stretch of highway in the State and yet FDOT wants to add it to the Palmetto. Its disgraceful. And all that money is going to remake a bridge that functioned fine before. Fire the whole FDOT

Anonymous
1 year ago

cancel this project

Anonymous
1 year ago

At least it wasn’t the other proposal, which would have collapsed during construction.

Interested
1 year ago

Cancel this now and give the folks what they voted for. MASS TRANSIT LINES!

Anonymous
5 months ago

As a professional scheduler, I spent months developing a detailed schedule for this project for another prospective bidder. With all the bridges, roadway realignment involved, there is NO way a project of this magnitude could be completed in 4 years. My calculations showed that even a 5 year plan would be very difficult to achieve. I was appalled to learn that the FDOT accepted a bid that included such an unreasonable timeframe. It makes you wonder if politics was at play.

To read that the project is delayed by 1 year is really no surprise to me. Don’t be surprised if delays extend beyond a year.