A construction project to convert Flagler Street in downtown Miami into a “festival-style boulevard” will begin construction in the first week of May, according to Miami Today.
The first phase of construction will start at Biscayne Boulevard. In total, there will be five phases, each taking around eight months, according to the DDA.
The City of Miami’s Office of Capital Improvements says that in total, construction is expected to be 30 months (despite the DDA’s timeline listed above), Miami Today reported.
The rebuild is designed to make Flagler Street more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.
New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.
New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics will be installed to prepare for new vertical development, the DDA says.
The street itself will get design improvements that include patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.
Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.
Once the project is complete, Flagler Street is expected take back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.
The five phases, each to take eight months: