‘Iconic’ Destination Pedestrian Bridge Planned In Downtown Miami

Miami officials are considering building an “iconic” pedestrian bridge to finally unite two separate stretches of Baywalk in downtown Miami, according to the Herald.

The new pedestrian bridge could become a destination in itself where people would gather, city officials told the paper.

Planning is already underway, and construction could cost around $20 million.

Another option under consideration is to build a more basic bridge at a cost of just $6 million.

Either way, planning is moving forward. Commissioners last week approved a $4.3 million design contract for the bridge. EXP, a Chicago-based design, architecture and engineering firm, won the bid.

The bridge would start next to the Pérez Art Museum and end in the area of the Resorts World Miami property, where the Miami Herald building once stood.

It would run underneath I-395 where the MacArthur Causeway begins, at the end of the new Signature Bridge for cars currently under construction.

With the new bridge, two long stretches of baywalk would be connected. Pedestrians would be able to walk along the bay from Edgewater to Bayside and beyond.

 

 

The bridge would start next to the Perez Art Museum:

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s great but I hope they make Ferrè Park more entertaining and cleaner. I cannot sit on any of the benches knowing that they are used as beds overnight.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You need to see a shrink.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Careful with Karma.. you may someday wind up sleeping on the street yourself.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Unless you house them in your home, you are just being hypocritical. They should be helped but we also deserve to get clean and safe streets/parks as we work hard and pay high taxes for that!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Guys, I think some of the h0meless are on this site. Don’t forget that they all got smart phones and a lot of time in their hands.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not just smart phones. Yesterday I saw one laying around with a large iPad! Insane!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Did you actually talk to that person to see if he/she was actually homeless or are you just making an assumption?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Huh?!? In what universe do you live in? Do you even live in Miami or a big city? That’s the comment that just someone in a small town would make because they are out of touch with reality.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A lot of the younger homeless guys downtown have substance abuse problems but they do work, many go every day to Home Depot in search of handyman, roofing and construction jobs. A lot of them have tablets and iPhones and top line Samsung Galaxy phones. The reason I know is I have helped many of them set up Facebook and TikTok accounts.

Anonymous
1 month ago

TikTok?!? Are they trying to become influencers?🙄

Anonymous
1 month ago

So because they do drugs we are supposed to pay the price of their bad life choices?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Facebook and TikTok?!? You should’ve opened them LinkedIn profiles!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Some people got street smarts and can tell.

Other like youself think “hey maybe that guy p!ssing himself on the bench is a partner over at Greenberg Traurig?”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

why. If you lost everything you owned, and had to move out.
Why would you not want to keep your clothes and your connection to everyone you know – your iPad? Should they just throw it away so people don’t become so nasty and judgemental?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bro all of them have iPhones!! All! They just lay down there all day and use their phones. Take a walk around and see it for yourself. Imagine if all that time was used to get a job.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How is it insane? An iPad costs maybe a couple weeks rent in NYC.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“I cannot sit on any of the benches knowing that they are used as beds overnight”

… but birds and lizards can piss and shit all over them and that’s okay.. I can sit in that.

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Birds and lizards can’t compare to human feces smeared all over and urine to top it all off. It’s disgusting and unsanitary. If you think otherwise, I wonder in what conditions you live in your home! Plus, birds and lizards don’t also leave infected syringes around.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wait for one of those rich families living around the park to be punctured by one of those syringes and then sue the city. You’ll see how the park gets cleaned up and maintained properly after that.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you seen them?? Human feces is all over them, they stink of it, and they sleep on those benches!

Now I am a brat simply because I want a clean and safe park for which I pay high taxes for?!?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Feces is feces no matter what’s leaving it. You can’t smell the odor of birds and lizards feces because you’re not hunting them like other animals are but they do leave a smell.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Guys this person writing in favor of them is one of those home|ess!! Don’t be fooled.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Son, I spent ten years in the United States Army and I have two houses that I pay taxes on, so don’t assume you know anything about me.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah right. You can write you have five houses since you are lying, why going small, go big! lmaoooo

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Just because you still live with your momma in her house, that doesn’t mean everyone has to lie like you and somehow try to BS the girls.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think the writer was just being delicate. If you force the issue, all the particular ills associated with mentally ill/addicted people living out in the elements like Lear on the heath could be listed here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Birds and lizards don’t have restrooms, litter boxes, or laws requiring owners to pick up after them. What are you, a radical naturalist?

Anonymous
1 month ago

When Genting demolished the Herald and built large concrete pads, that was a major site work project. That should have triggered the requirement for the Baywalk to have been added and public access provided. I am glad the new Baywalk Design Standards that were passed will remove the loopholes that seem to continually be awarded to a select few.

Anon MIA
1 month ago

Agree that Genting owes our city.
But, then again, we have seen Genting destroy rainforests (look up “Genting Palm Oil Plantations Borneo), so why not simply dump on Miami.
Genting lobbyists are making a killing with their salaries to sway our thinking on how great they are and how much they can “change” our habitat. They should pay for the ped bridge.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go for the $20mill one.

POLO
1 month ago

Everything these days is “iconic” to the point that is loosing its meaning!

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s fantastic!! I hope they go with the expensive option. It would be great to see the renderings for both options!

Anonymous
1 month ago

A pedestrian bridge connecting the Arena to Bayside and the Arena to Ferre Park would be great.

Anonymous
1 month ago

a $4.3 million design contract for a $6M dollar bridge? Even for a $20M bridge, 25% design fee? Seems excessive…

Anonymous
1 month ago

You have to facfure in all the families of the Mayor and other politicians. They gotta get a cut too, you know! Those Lambos won’t aren’t free.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Factor?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope they make it that you can also bike on it!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wanna drive my car on it

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ever notice how these so called “bike” people never mention anything when it comes to the “electric scooter” people?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bike and riding scooters are the same thing. If you make a bike lane, it can be used by both.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ “Bike and riding scooters are the same thing”

Yeah, both of them want walking people to get out of the way when they come.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There should be a lane exclusively for bikes and a separate one for pedestrians like LA or NY…but forget it, this is Miyamee.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly. For example on Biscayne Blvd we should have one bike lane for bikes/scooters and the sidewalks just for pedestrians. Plus speed bumps for cars so they slow tf down.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Naah, the speed limit should be raised and man buns and avocado toast should be made illegal.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol…agree.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Anybody who pronounces it “Miyamee” deserves to be run over.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No kidding! An average walker proceeds at about 2.5-3 mph. So, a normal bike or scooter is going to easily be able to 4-5x that rate. NYC has had to make e-bike hit-and-run in the bike lanes a felony after much carnage.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Ever notice how these so called “bike” people never mention anything when it comes to the “electric scooter” people?”
Yes.
Bike people are morally superior to scooter people. They own the monopoly on car hating.

Anonymous
1 month ago

But they also have a car…

Go figure.

Azarius
1 month ago

Full length bay walk that’ll integrate and connect with the parks underneath the bridge that connects the the underline trail/park space! Miami will finally have a World class fully connected Pubilc use recreational park network in the middle of downtown!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown = Best spot in town!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This would be great.
I hope it gets built

Anonymous
1 month ago

It would be nice if a portion was designated to be over the water similar to Little Island in NYC, let’s hope they go with the more expensive version.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And all glass so you can walk on water like Jesus did (allegedly)🤗

Anonymous
1 month ago

It will be over the water by necessity.
My guess is that the $20m option will be a very large platform under the MacArthur with lighting, benches, and public safety features.
The other is a basic 12ft wide-ish boardwalk.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m confused, if it goes under the causeway then why is it a bridge?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Because It’ll be “Iconic!”

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe it’s a bridge over water that goes under the causeway. If it were all glass bottom, it would be pretty cool.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I thought the same thing. Makes no sense.

Anonymous
1 month ago

this city will do anything other than fixed the roads lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think perhaps a ramp up/ramp down from either side, with a bride OVER the I-395 would be great so that pedestrians can gather at the center, and take photos with the “Signature Bridge” as their background. That would certainly make it more of a destination. Sort of like the Highline in NYC…..

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about a nice sloping clear plastic tunnel that goes under the water so that you can see the fish? A long enough slope could open up the underwater thrill to everyone– including the handicapped.

lets walk OVER the bay
1 month ago

the new bridge could go under the McArthur so we can walk over the water. A nice wide arc from PAMM connecting with the baywalk on Genting property. A bridge that does not directly connect to the baywalk is a waste of 20mil. Yes there will be bridge noise above. No one is going to hang out there, except for those that will make it their home.

George
1 month ago

So Musk’s tunnel from Brickell, under the river, and into DT is 30M and this pedestrian bridge is 20M? Hmm..

Anonymous
1 month ago

I bet they will go with the simple, cheap, basic alternative!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

With nothing at the herald site this is useless for now. And what ever happen to that other project that was suppose to replace the Omni bus station or that hotel in the lot next to that Omni hotel

Anonymous
1 month ago

The point is to connect the area regardless of what’s there today – have some foresight.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why build it after something is built there only for you to complain about it later?! Build it now knowing something will be there in the future duh! That’s been the problem with Miami not preparing for future growth… dragging there feet on everything. The city has outgrown the pace of infrastructure now the city is playing catch up to growth!

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Useless”
Connecting the MF Park to Margaret Pace park along the waterfront is not useless at all.
It is smart. Simple. And should be done.

Anonymous
1 month ago

MF Park, really?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Icon bridge $20 million basic bridge $6 million what we will end up with $1million wooden bridge that takes 6 years before completion!

Anonymous
1 month ago

So why did they allow this big new electronic billboard to go up on the Genting parcel?? I guess you can stare up at it while you are walking on the “iconic” bridge

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s temporary. A casino will be there

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please stop using the word Iconic! Apparently folks in Miami dont know what it means!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This might be though, let’s wait for the rendering of the expensive option and see.