Miami has hired a consultant to conduct a study on building a new highway ramp in the heart of downtown Miami.
The project is called the SE 3rd Street Fly-Over Ramp Feasibility Study, according to documents obtained by The Next Miami.
The study is being conducted to determine if it is feasible to build a fly-over along Southeast 3rd Street from the I-95 Downtown Distributor off-ramp at SE 2nd Avenue. The ramp would be extended to Biscayne Boulevard.
Currently, the elevated Metromover system Southeast 3rd Street in the area where the new highway ramp is being considered. The consultant is being tasked with analyzing existing structures in the proposed ramp area, including the Metromover.
The consultant is also expected to analyze traffic and roadways, before issuing a feasibility study report.
The cost of the analysis is listed at $395,930.62. Hotel company Hyatt and its development partners planning the 3-tower development known as Miami Riverbridge (which includes a supertall tower) have agreed to provide $400,000 in funding to the city to cover the cost, as part of the approval process.
The Notice to Proceed was issued in March, the documents show. CHA is listed as the consultant.