Palmetto Expressway Could Become Miami’s Second Double-Decker Highway Under FDOT Proposal

Miami already has one double-decker highway under construction, and now another could be in the works.

Florida’s Department of Transportation is proposing to build the double decker lanes above the Palmetto Expressway, according to the Herald.

The elevated lanes would run for 5.3 miles, from the newly rebuilt 826-836 interchange south to the Don Shula Expressway. Although that stretch of highway has been widened recently, it remains highly congested.

Three other possibilities are also being studied. Two would add toll lanes at street level, while the third option is to do nothing.

Total cost of double decking that section of the Palmetto is estimated at $1 billion. Express toll lanes would be added at both street level and on the elevated road.

Miami’s other double decker highway that is being built as part of the Signature Bridge project is actually a much smaller elevated road than FDOT’s new proposal. The elevated viaduct west of the Signature Bridge will run from Northwest 17th Ave to I-95, or about a mile.

 

 

Double-decker highway under construction west of Signature Bridge:

 

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Interested
1 year ago

Don’t be fooled. They need to figure out a way of spending the toll money and they are runing out of ideas. Its a cash cow and they don’t want to spend it on mass transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s exactly it! A vicious cycle of more cars = more profit so sadly mass transit will never be a priority for those in office who have been elected by FDOT insiders and auto dealer lobbyists.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Unfortunately, FDOT does not have control over any mass transit systems and cannot invest in it, only road infrastructure. If this was changed by state legislature they could use funds to create and improve mass transit systems. Dont blame them, blame our state and county and city leadership for not having the vision and balls to take on Florida’s transit problem, which will continue to worsen.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s in FDOT’s best interest to have more road infrastructure needs than less by design as you say so by definition FDOT themselves will never lobby for mass transit as it would be in their own detriment and in fact they will lobby the other way every time…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Too bad nothing will change as long as the closing thing tax dollars went to for transit is Gimenez wining and dining the Chicoms and shilling for their “virtual trains.”

POLO
1 year ago

You hit the nail on the head!

jagal075
1 year ago

The tolls money goes to Tallahassee………can anybody explain it how much We get back in Dade County?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Third World mentality only demonstrates third world results. This is the United States of America.. we’re not thinking 1960’s solutions for 2000’s problem solving.

Anonymous
1 year ago

America got stuck in the 1960s

Anonymous
1 year ago

No, too many people think that this country should resemble the country they were born in and ran from.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Couldn’t agree more that’s why Miami has horrible foreign drivers that act like they are driving in their country and cause you to crash into them and then they sue you

Anonymous
1 year ago

The try to ruin the lives for people that were born here

Anonymous
1 year ago

And if you question their citizenship in this country they will be butt hurt and attack

Anonymous
1 year ago

You were born Here yet you cant put together a sentence.
You can be our next President!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Buddy look at your grammar. Your comment has nothing to do with highways and the drivers on them. You come here to be an off topic hater.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Any down votes are foreigners

Anonymous
1 year ago

Amen to that!!!!!

Baixinho
10 months ago

Or worse.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Carlos Gimenez must be having one of the longest orgasms (2 secs) of his entire life!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why not just double that and make it a quadruple deck…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Jesus Christ!!!!! These people will build anything but a reliable mass transportation system!!!! TheAmerican Automobile Slavery will never end!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

quadruple deck. Sounds like a burger you order at a fast food joint.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ha! With cheese!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Perhaps if even half the people on this site that complain daily about mass transit (or lack there of) would do something instead of complain and think someone else will do it for them. Run for office. Lobby your commissioners at the city and county levels. Become involved in making the solution.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They won’t… just Keyboard Warriors

keyboard warrior – A person who behaves aggressively and/or in an inflammatory manner in online text-based discussion media, but at the same time does not behave similarly in real life, potentially due to cowardice, introversion or shyness.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Your synonym is way off for people speaking on this topic because it has nothing to do with anyone trying to appear to be some kind of badass. We’re just saying we elect people and want to see them do their jobs logically and stop throwing ridiculous and more money taking remedies at us.

Anonymous
1 year ago

> Lobby your commissioners at the city and county levels.

Some of us do.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Vote in the local elections!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Been doing that for the longest. Different day, same BS!

Anonymous
1 year ago

do not complain on a website ….everyone in the city should attend commission meetings and DEMAND the tax passed in 2002 go to where it was mandated

Anonymous
1 year ago

Don’t you think that has been done over and over and over but as you see, what the people (at least the people who’re not rich) say falls on deaf ears?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Maybe a class action lawsuit against the City for misappropriation of taxpayer monies?

Anonymous
1 year ago

DEMANDS have been made for years and the elected officials side step them all with endless surveys. You’re free to ignore peoples comments on this BLOG.

Anonymous
1 year ago

People on this site have been doing something, we have been paying this half cent gas tax for over ten years which promised the people new Metro-rail lines. We want to see the people voted into office doing their jobs instead of throwing bandaid solutions at us like more free trolley cars, toll roads, and double decked highways.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The most stupidest idea!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Notice how not one option included lanes for express busses.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sorry but people love their automobiles.

Anonymous
1 year ago

There’s nothing I would love more than never having to pay car insurance, repairs, or payments ever again.

FuThSh
1 year ago

Took that leap over a year ago and I can’t understate how awesome it’s been. (I am able to safely commute by bike, and one of the county’s most reliable buses when it rains, so that helps, but still.)

FuThSh
1 year ago

OVERSTATE. I meant “overstate” haha

Anonymous
1 year ago

I do love being in my car with the AC on and free from people harassing me on the street.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And wouldn’t you love all of us public transportation lovers be able to take public transportation instead of driving in our cars and slowing you down in traffic?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes please

Anonymous
1 year ago

Two double decker highways and zero new metrorail!
#onlyinmiami #inducedtraffic

marc
1 year ago

This is outrageous.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We are suffocating ourselves and all FDOT cares about is the next big CONtract

Anonymous
1 year ago

But, but, the Florida Department of Transportation is building us a bridge that looks like a giant spider!

Doesn’t that show that they’re willing to throw some kind of solution at the problem?

Anonymous
1 year ago

No-brainer.. should have always been a double-decker.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Your’re right, you have no brain…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Toll business must be Booming!!
All those Payouts from Sunpass financing new tolls!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Another Double Decker in Miami= Carlos Gimenez won’t need viagra this upcoming weekend.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Go try the one in Tampa before judging. Very easy solution that is not a tax burden.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why doesn’t FDOT repair and improve bridges over intracoastal and repair I95 and I75 and yes improvements to Mass Transit would be welcomed rather than another eye sore elevated structure. INCOMPETENCE!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Speechless. Let’s focus on removing cars from our roads not adding more.

Let’s create safe routes for people to ride their bikes, let’s create incentives for employers to add showers for workers.

There is no safe north/south route in the City of Miami to ride a bike. Simply inexcusable.

Anonymous
1 year ago

More cars are coming, why not prepare for it?

Anonymous
1 year ago

In the future, people will be transported by unmanned flying Uber cars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

More people are coming, let’s create the infrastructure for mass transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

People who don’t like to walk. It’s so hot and muggy in Miami during the summer. I don’t blame them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

As any other predominantly suburban City in the country, Miami politicians don’t invest in an appropriate pedestrian-friendly landscape. Maybe you aren’t aware that Miami isn’t the only metropolitan area in the world located that deals with subtropical climate.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The rest of them are third world.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nope, we’ve reached “Peak Car”. Go read Bloomberg’s paper about it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

An adequate public transit system system is what’s needed, not a double-decked highway. We need to lessen the carbon footprint in Miami so we can have clean air to breath and= we can travel quickly.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sorry but I don’t want to risk my life trying to get around Miami riding a bike.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Anybody who offers an alternatives of Metromover or bike lanes can’t see the forest from the trees on why we’re seeing proposals like double-decking freeways.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Waste of $

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do nothing. Zilch. Nada. Return money for other local use