Yet Another Double Deck Highway Could Be Coming To Miami, This Time In The Midtown Area

The Florida Department of Transportation is studying building another double-deck highway on  I-195 next to Midtown Miami, according to the Herald.

The new lanes would mostly benefit Miami Beach, with quicker access to I-95. It would cost up to $370 million to build.

FDOT is serious about the possibility, but hasn’t made a final decision. A study published by the agency shows three alternatives for the stretch of highway, and two of them include a double deck option.

The biggest double deck highway in Miami could become the Palmetto, where FDOT is studying a $1 billion plan to double deck 5.3 miles.

The $802 million signature bridge rebuild also includes a stretch of double deck highway, which is currently under construction.

A decision on the I-195 double decking is expected by 2022.

 

Link to FDOT’s new I-195 double deck study.

 

Double-deck highway now under construction west of the downtown Miami Signature Bridge:

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Anonymous
10 months ago

FDOT is literally stuck in the 1950s…

BUILD RAIL!

Anonymous
10 months ago

No infrastructure for rail guys. Majority of the population lives west of the Palmetto in gated communities. How will they get out of their motorized horses???

Anonymous
10 months ago

No true at all.

Anonymous
10 months ago

You suggest people who don’t live downtown use real horses? Motorized horses solved the urban manure problem of the past. Electric horses are also wonderful. The entire geography of the world can’t be mass transit. You need to move out of your professors indoctrination.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The entire geography of the world can’t be roads either, soon all of Miami will just be asphalt at this rate

Anonymous
10 months ago

How will they get out of them… easy: Tell them if they use rail they won’t be stuck in them for 2 hours every morning and 2 hours every evening if they use rail instead.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The basic premise of the article is incorrect. More than Miami Beach benefits. Currently during rush hours and on event night nights in Wynwood or the Design District, the exits at North Miami Ave. and at Biscayne are backed up severely. Biscayne in particular, is an every weekday afternoon event, with upwards of 20 to 30 cars backed up onto the interstate. This has lead to numerous accidents-as the cars lined up effectively make the highway just two lanes through that stretch.
Those that benefit from this new roadway will include the residents of Edgewater, Midtown, Wynwood, Design District and the Upper Eastside corridor of Biscayne. In addition to the thousands that use this highway for Wynwood and Design District special events.
As far as the money spent, if Florida does not spend it here is will go to another region of the state. This is FDOT funding- will not be spent on rail or other mass transit.
Regarding only being a benefit to Miami Beach. I-195 is used by commuters not just from Miami Beach, but also some from Surfside, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, and Sunny Isles.

Anonymous
10 months ago

>As far as the money spent, if Florida does not spend it here

You know, the Florida Department of *Transportation* can spend money on things other than highways. Projects that would move people throughout our city.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Let’s figure out how to get more cars to the beach. Where are all these cars going to do once there? Ah, who cares? More lanes on the beach? More garages? Let’s cram em in there.

Anonymous
10 months ago

“Where are all these cars going to do once there?”

Uh, what..?

POLO
10 months ago

Yeah, double deck the hell out of South Florida, instead of investing in rapid transit. That goes to show, you don’t have to be smart to be an elected official.

Anonymous
10 months ago

They need those double decked highways for the third world looking trolleys to travel on.

Anonymous
10 months ago

You don’t have to be smart to be a voter either…. these fools keep getting the-elected

Miami
10 months ago

TROLLEYS UNDER DOUBLE DECK

Anonymous
10 months ago

>The new lanes would mostly benefit Miami Beach

More capacity (and thus cars) is NOT a benefit for Miami Beach.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Really? So if the average car brings at least three passengers who’re going to spend money on Miami Beach, how is that not a benefit?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Expand the metro rail everywhere …… better solution to use less cars and walk more

Anonymous
10 months ago

Really?
How are you going to configure a city that was completely built for the automobile, is full of parking and majority of the people live out of the grid of proposed lines?

Anonymous
10 months ago

… still scratching my head about the “walk more.”

Anonymous
10 months ago

easy …… walk one or two blocks from the rail station to your destination and vice versa

Anonymous
10 months ago

still a “park and ride” is a better solution than more roads, specially in the urban core.

305
10 months ago

Other Cities: Tearing down highways and infilling them with parks, development, and rail.

Miami: Proposing “Innovative Signature Double-Decker Highways”

Anonymous
10 months ago

Our parks are parking.
Do you guys realize the # of parking spots in this county? Do you guys realize the amount of square miles dedicated to parking?
Do the math, we have more parking spots here than the country of France.
It’s totally preposterous and ludicrous.
This is why we have uninteresting, soul-less cities in this country

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’ve done the math, and we need MORE parking.

Why?

1st, it sets you off into a frenzy.

2nd, all this great personal transportation needs somewhere to go.

3rd, France needs MORE parking. And their women need to shave their arm pits.

Anonymous
10 months ago

You lost me at comparing us to France.
Who wants to be France?
Many people are clueless on how beautiful America is with its large geography and beautiful large roads and large cars with parking and generally low prices and no crazy sales taxes.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I was not comparing us to France. It was an illustration of proportions. You obviously haven’t been outside of this country. Go get your passport and do some traveling, it may expand your horizons. Emphasis on may.

Anonymous
10 months ago

“beautiful large roads” is an oxymoron

Anonymous
10 months ago

and we do have great, interesting, soul-filled, pushing, thriving cities!!!

Anonymous
10 months ago

You didn’t include the part where they’re just replacing them with tunnels. The highways are still there but underground.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I don’t understand why they couldn’t build elevated rail over the highway (similar to how this highway is being built). It would minimize land acquisition costs and follow major arteries in Dade County. It can then branch out to major roadways.

Anonymous
10 months ago

>I don’t understand why

Because they don’t want to.

Anonymous
10 months ago

That’s far far too logical, and that kind of thinking is frowned upon

William
10 months ago

These people ever heard of induced demand?

Anonymous
10 months ago

No.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Me neither

Anonymous
10 months ago

wow this is so just insanely dumb and expensive. Add more cars to the beach, wall off midtown from the design district, and do it with money that could otherwise go to improving public transit. These people need to be voted out as the departments goals and metrics are clearly not aligned with those of building a modern advanced city.

Miami
10 months ago

Someone please call FRANCIS SUAREZ for the ZERO CARBON thing he is talking about.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Just go straight for the triple deck and let’s fill it up!!

Anonymous
10 months ago

The 36st/ North Miami Ave exit and entrance needs to be redone, traffic backs up alot because people are going to wynwood and midtown.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Exactly, and while they are at it, they should redo the Biscayne Blvd exit, and grade separate the Brightline rails. This whole area is in constant gridlock, and the access ramps and local roads are much more of a bottleneck than the expressway (I-195) itself.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Mode shift. Build Coastal Link Tri Rail, metro mover extension, bike lanes and then you’ll have less cars.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’m talking about an intersection thats already terrible and needs to get redesigned.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Yes, and I’m giving you a solution.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Thats not a solution, its already bad now and even though I support metro mover extension this wouldn’t solve current terrible design.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Your solution looks nice in print, but reality is that neither Coastal Tri-Rail Link nor Metromover expansion is likely to happen within the next decade, if ever. This double decking proposal has a decent chance of happening within the next decade.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Metromover at fifty max capacity per train at thirty miles an hour versus freeway at sixty-five miles an hour. Sorry, but even as supportive of transit as I am, sometimes you have to do the math.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Freeway at sixty-five miles an hour slows down to 5-10 miles an hour and becomes stop-n-go driving during rush hour and comes to a complete stop because of a wreck. Tired and frustrated, a Metro-mover rail car just whisk right past you and even at thirty miles an hour, will still complete your trip and hour earlier than you will driving.

Sometimes you have to think logically.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Pipe dream

GFY
10 months ago

Let’s make this abundantly clear: if you complain about this, and then turn around and get annoyed when people bemoan the massive amounts of parking we build in our urban core, you do not understand transportation.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I think people should be blaming the increase in the population of people instead of whining about the increase in the population of vehicles.

Anonymous
10 months ago

WE NEED TO VOTE THESE DINOSAURS OUT!!!!! YA NO MAS!!!!!

THESE PEOPLE ARE RIDICULOUS !!!

THEY ARE LITERALLY ROBBING US!!

Anonymous
10 months ago

You sound silly

Anonymous
10 months ago

how so? i guess you like double deck?

Anonymous
10 months ago

FDOT stupidity never ceases to amaze. First, change the name FDOH, the H stands for highway as there is no other type of transport that this stuck in the 50’s department is concerned about. It’s just too hard to plan and build any project that might just help people cut down the use of cars. Just admit it FDOH. Shameful, asswipe department, and state.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Double decking is very expensive. It can only be justified when land costs are very high.
Land costs around the Palmetto expressway are much lower than Midtown.
It is very unlikely that the Palmetto will be double-decked.

Shawn Kouri
10 months ago

They don’t have to wait until 2022 to make a decision. That is way out there. They can make the decision this year or next year.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Exactly. Tear it down and rebuild at grade!

ABCD
10 months ago

No no no. This will uglify the area / hurt property values. Worse it will cut off Midtown from the design district. In an earlier post I cited the urban blight created by the since demolished West Side Highway in Manhattan, and the Embarcadero Fwy in SF.

So why can’t Miami have tunnels like other major coastal cities? Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Marseilles, Boston, London, and NYC have gone underground. These places are all at sea level, and Shanghai, KL, Bangkok, and London tunnels are basically built in mud. NYC had to bore through granite — in the early 20th century, no less. The Port of Miami tunnel proves that limestone can easily support a tunnel. That thing was built very quickly. China has developed amazing skills in urban tunnel design and construction, so perhaps they can help.

Double decked freeways, as someone below stated, are SO 1950s.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Letting China build critical US infrastructure would be SO stupid.

Anonymous
10 months ago

China projects are an paper dragon, y’all always hyping those chicoms.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The Next Miami always lets comments like this stay up, but if you say slow news day on an basic article they will delete you comment.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Miami is going to look like Mexico city with all these double deck highways.

Anonymous
10 months ago

but mexico city has bike lanes and bus rapid transit

Anonymous
10 months ago

omg is there a petition against this? do we have a say?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Feel like I-95 would be better suited to double decker and focus on creating a 29th st exit so traffic doesn’t back up so much. FDOT spending money in stupid places is nothing new IE the new toll road going through the middle of BFE Florida.

Anonymous
10 months ago

29 street exit = more cars in wywnood = less walkable neighborhood.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Goes to show that the city does have funds for projects like rail extensions. They’re just too idiotic to prioritize what is necessary and priority!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Forget the double deck Lanes… Let’s just say Miami is complete and move north to Martin county.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Oh wow, I thought that this was going to be a solution to the traffic nightmare that is Biscayne and NE 36th Street. Smartly designed overpasses would be practical and cost effective on nearly intersection of NE 36th Street near Midtown (though I agree that public transit investment in this area would be even better). Instead, this is an extremely costly solution to a problem that barely exists. Way to blow money on nothing, FDOT.

Anonymous
10 months ago

>Smartly designed overpasses would be practical and cost effective on nearly intersection of NE 36th Street

Removing cars not building massive overpasses to turn an urban area into a suburban wasteland would be better.

Shawn Kouri
5 months ago

Another double Dekker on the I 95 near Midtown? That would be great. That would help with traffic a little bit. Also, with the megamall expected to begin construction if everything works out, another double Dekker highway on I 95 near Midtown, the double Dekker leading to the MacArthur Causeway and on State Road 836 as part of the $ 800 million project and one on the Palmetto Expressway, this would definitely help. Should they do this on the Florida turnpike at I 75 near where the American dream mall is going to be built? That would help. They can make it go all the way from let’s say Doral Should they do this on the Florida turnpike at I 75 near where the American dream mall is going to be built? That would help. They can make it go all the way from let’s say Doral up to Pembrooke Pines Weston area.

Anonymous
10 months ago

With all these proposed double deck highways, emergency vehicles will take longer to get to and from the scene of accidents.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Uh, what..?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Going backwards..

Hurricane Andrew Oldtimer
10 months ago

Build them.
It will help with evacuations that will be needed during a hurricane and save lives.
Hey Youngbloods, ask your college professors how millions of people are going to evacuate out of south Florida when they have no parking, no cars, ordered to do so, and a cat 5 is imminent? Millions of people jump on mass transit or try to fly out all in one day? Use a bicycle and the bicycle lane?

Miami
10 months ago

ALL I HEARD WAS…

1. HIGHWAY FOR THE BEACH
2. MORE PALMETTO CONSTRUCTION

Anonymous
10 months ago

If double-decking means flying over Biscayne Blvd both ways at 36th St, it’s a worthy idea. That is the worst intersection in Miami Dade.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Unfortunately this is not addressing that problem.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Its bypassing the main exit for the growing wynwood and midtown area and still prioritizing Miami Beach. So wynwood/midtown doesn’t get an redesign entrance with this project and no rail stations or metromover mover extensions in site either.

Anonymous
10 months ago

the problem is too many cars and too much parking

Anonymous
10 months ago

Yeah.. they should put all these car dealerships out of business and restrict all developments from including parking spaces.

You’re so smart…..