Miami-Dade Wants ‘Iconic’ Observation Deck On Rickenbacker Causeway

Miami-Dade County wants to build an “iconic, state of the art” observation deck on the Rickenbacker Causeway, newly released documents show.

The observation deck would be built as part of a $510 million rebuild of both the Rickenbacker and Venetian Causeways by a private bidder, according to the Herald.

The main goal of the rebuild would be the construction of bicycle and pedestrian lanes that are separated from car traffic.

A private equity group said to be working with architect Bernard Zyscovich has already submitted an unsolicited proposal to rebuild the causeway, and the county is now preparing to release a Request For Proposals to allow other potential bidders.

The winner would be allowed to collect tolls on both causeways to recoup the cost of reconstruction.

Zyscovich has been lobbying for a Rickenbacker rebuild for years, which he has called Plan Z For Miami. The draft RFP is said to look similar to his plan.

There would also be other recreational areas rebuild along the causeway as part of the plan.

Construction of mass transit along the causeway is not mentioned in either the county’s RFP or Zyscovich’s plan.

 

 

Rendering’s from Zyscovich’s Plan Z:

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

why does everything in Miami need to be labeled iconic… 🤣🤣🤣😂

Anonymous
1 month ago

This would actually be iconic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No. Not really. Nice, but not ICONIC. Polo’s suggestion below would be more in line with the term. All major cities throughout the world have them. Why not us?

POLO
1 month ago

Iconic will be a 1,049 FT observation tower on Virginia Key. Can you imagine the views of the skyline from that vantage point?!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Big Ben in London is Iconic and not tall.
Los Ramblas in Barcelona is iconic, not tall.
Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, Wrigley Field, etc. Etc.etc

Anonymous
1 month ago

This thing would not come any closer to Big Ben than the Highline would. Nice is not iconic. Iconic is something that is easily recognizable and identifiable with a place. Route 66 could be a road just about anywhere. There are plenty of places that would pass for Pacific Coast Highway. There are Ramblas style promenades in other cities. CN tower, Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Gateway Arch, Statue of Liberty, Pyramids at Giza, Machu Pichu, Christ the Redeemer, Great Wall of China, St. Basil’s Cathedral, The Kremlin, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Athen’s Acropolis……ICONIC. Polo did not suggest that height alone would make it iconic, but that it would make it stand out.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you ever driven the PCH?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Misprint for ironic?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami suffers from imposter syndrome, it always needs to be told how pretty she is or she goes insane

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about pink and aqua instead of orange and yellow

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about purple and gray?

Anonymous
1 month ago

agree, pink and aqua is more Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ties in well with projects like the Underline. Private equity is the best means to get it done faster.

Great features and amenities but perhaps a refurbishment of the stadium could get included in the deal if it isn’t already. So much potential.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Private equity is the best means to get it done faster”

That’s what I keep telling people!

– Mana

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wasn’t a private equity group the one building the FIU that later collapsed …

Anonymous
1 month ago

The orange and yellow won’t age well. Looks cheap and something from a public housing project. Over seas highway in the keys did a baby blue and it looks nice. I like the teal, pink scheme in Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Awesome pictures

Anonymous
1 month ago

Local government selling out to rebuild a perfectly serviceable Rickenbacker causeway is a disgrace!! Sure, it looks all pretty, but lanes can be separated without “rebuilding” for half a billion. Question is where do these funds end up ultimately and how will the taxpayer benefit if we’ll have to pay to use those “new” roads in the future?

Anonymous
1 month ago

We have to pay to use these roads already.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I have never paid a toll when I ride my bike over the causeway

Marc
1 month ago

Perfectly serviceable?! The Bear Cut Bridge is at risk of destruction if we get a major hurricane. Powell Bridge not in much better shape. Engineers did structural studies on them back in 2017/18. The bridges need to be replaced ASAP before it’s too late…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Another guy from way out west talking on things he never deals with

Anonymous
1 month ago

This bridge is beyond “serviceable”; previous engineering study calls for its replacement. After Surfside, this community does not need another collapse disaster. Tremendous public benefit starts with the safety and the integrity of the bridge itself. Beyond that, there will be a much increased level of safety for the numerous bikers, joggers and walkers that currently use this very popular stretch of road. Additionally, the observation deck will provide some of the best views possible of Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly. The bridge needs structural work…why not a Nip & Tuck while they are at it?

Marc
1 month ago

Exactly. And in regards to the Surfside comment, the county had been in negotiations for the Rickenbacker project a few years ago. Then the FIU bridge tragedy happened. Turns out the county was negotiating with those same companies responsible for the FIU bridge, and everything was put on hold until this RFP.

Robin Stan
1 month ago

I can’t wait for the new, dare I say Iconic, interchange coming right in the heart of Overtown!
/s

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can have the observation deck as long as you don’t call it iconic.

Karl Isen
1 month ago

best to hear the architect and urban designer Bernard Zyscovich explain it in his words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apLtD7GW46c

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great post Karl.
Many people who post here cant read, so it’s nice to provide the video!

T G
1 month ago

There’s already bike lanes on the rickenbacker and bikers still ride on the pedestrian walkway

Anonymous
1 month ago

I am all for it as a private company will build it in half the time and half the coat. City should get part of the tolls though..

Anonymous
1 month ago

“City should get part of the tolls though..”

If a private company rebuilds any one of them, I would like to see the city try it…

Anonymous
1 month ago

The tolls … wonder how much would end up being . The county should keep full jurisdiction over the causeway. And invest the tolls monies in giving also Key Biscayne , Crandon Marina and Bill Baggs State Park an appropriate and safe bridge , Bear Cut.

An aging structure that won’t sustain a cat 2 hurricane . The bridge has being neglected for years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m all for public plazas and observations decks but I just don’t understand how this would be an enjoyable experience if it gets crowded and there are cars whizzing by. Looks like there wouldn’t be space for concessions. Would be nice if there was an area for bikers to refuel, repair bikes, stationary binoculars, etc. Cool conceptual design but I just can’t see it being successful or worth a large price if it’s just a small pllatform. I do think we need separate bike lanes tho 100%

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is all addressed in the RFP, including locker rooms and space for bike repair/storage. Concessions can happen on the artificial islands.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“The main goal of the causeway rebuild is for construction of bicycle and pedestrian lanes?
Changed the bridge only if it needs more auto capacity and it is too small for existing traffic, or is not structurally sound?

Anonymous
1 month ago

This might be the only way to prevent all the hit and runs against bicyclists that have been killing them there for years. The price tag is pretty high but at least this makes a thousand times more sense than the billion dollars wasted on the dumb signature bridge that serves no purpose

Anonymous
1 month ago

And according to the Herald they want the right to install “digital advertising” (electronic billboards) on the causeways as revenue generators. Why does this County love billboards so much??

Anonymous
1 month ago

This town’s business and focus is solely on the surface and appearance of things. Just like the people. No substance – fake appearances. Everything that gets announced is all about looks, nothing that hits at the core and helps 80% of people in the constituency. And the people themselves don’t even demand it. They would rather spend money on something to look at rather than proper infrastructure that moves the masses around. And even the masses here are fake and stupid. They would rather PRETEND they are well off and only need something ‘pretty’ to look at.

Anonymous
1 month ago

the Don Pan ride is gonna be wild

Anonymous
1 month ago

The future is in privately funded and owned public infrastructure? What a crock of bull hockey. This is a public right of way that may be used in times of great emergency. To turn it over to a private entity at more or less their sole discretion is another sign of the abandonment of infrastructure by the local, state and fed gov’ts. Shameful. And on top of that a viewing platform! Anybody who see’s the misbehavior of drivers during firework shows knows just what I’m talking about. Eff the viewing platform and eff the private control of a public thoroughfare.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you seen what publicly-funded infrastructure looks like these days? Thought so… You won’t see jack from a scam infrastructure bill either.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just build it already!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please please please build this !

Anonymous
1 month ago

this is a no brainer, GET IT DONE!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

this looks awesome. about time.

George
1 month ago

Wow!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe do that on both sides of the rickenbacker

Anonymous
1 month ago

Need more transparency on the cost, how much for what elements of the plan? Seems like a lot of money for essentially wider bike lanes and a little more sand on the beaches.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The only downside of this design is the loss of trees and shade. I’ve jogged this route many times, it need more shaded areas, less

Anonymous
1 month ago

Finally something for everyone in the city to enjoy! Now if the politicians get out of the way and let Private company get it done.

Another Miami corrupt project.
1 month ago

Nice rendering, but sadly that if ever built, it would be a poor version of this Iconic project. Who needs that much infrastructure to add one more bicycle lane on each side? It is a big business shrouded in social development, corruption at its very best. Who is going to keep and control the price of the Tolls? Regalado’s ticket to retirement along with her pals involved in this project.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Construction of mass transit along the causeway is not mentioned in either the county’s RFP or Zyscovich’s plan”

If mass transit along the causeway is not included in the designs, then what’s the purpose or what kind of benefit does the public get from all this?

Living off A1A
1 month ago

We all know that Metro-Dade Transit is a joke. But accommodations do need to be made for a *future* MetroRail access. The causeway is very overburdened. It’s future success should be allowed by the use of mass transit and minimal parking. The Village of Key Biscayne only has one entrance & exit. And that is thru the middle of an amazing park. They should have access via real unencumbered Transit. It would be more convenient and faster than dodging bicycles and pedestrians… and def safer for all!

Anonymous
1 month ago

What is the public benefit in creating a world class pedestrian and bike path, that connects to the Underline, and improvements to the beach/park? Seriously?

Also Key Biscayne has nowhere near the density or appropriate land use for mass transit, nor any interest from residents in mass transit. There are many other corridors that are much higher priority.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sigh. MASS transit to a village?
Enough already…
WE dont need Mass Transit to every inch of the county..

TNM added that sentence to try to get the comments above 50.
(You are welcome)

Anonymous
1 month ago

Key Biscayne has zero desire to have mass transit enter their island so what’s the point? There are places where it’s needed more than there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gee, I didn’t know that this article or the poster was only talking about one causeway?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh well. Guess you’re gonna have to buy a bike or a car. You probably should be feeding and clothing yourself too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wonder how they would accomplish this with minimal impact to the flow of traffic. They would not be able to close it due to residents needing access.