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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

You hit the nail on the head!

jagal075
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

America got stuck in the 1960s

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

Any down votes are foreigners

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amen to that!!!!!

Baixinho
1 year ago

Or worse.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ha! With cheese!!

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

> Lobby your commissioners at the city and county levels.

Some of us do.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Vote in the local elections!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Notice how not one option included lanes for express busses.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry but people love their automobiles.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

FuThSh
2 years 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
2 years ago

OVERSTATE. I meant “overstate” haha

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

Yes please

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

marc
2 years ago

This is outrageous.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Your’re right, you have no brain…

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
27 days ago

Let me ask you all a few questions:
Why do you assume mass transit will ever work? Do you really believe anybody is ever happy with it? Is the assumption that, if only mass transit were viable, people would ditch their cars? Do you use mass transit? For real?
Now let me answer a few questions for you all:
You’re just a bunch of zealots with your puritanism displaced from sex to nature. Your fundamental(ist) doctrinal absurdity of making people suffer in traffic to pay for the harm great Gaia has suffered is tied to a belief that somehow having people choke in snarled traffic will improve the global climate. If you were stupid, your cruel religion would be pardonable. But you’re not. You’re just vicious snobs. “Mass” transit is for Them. You are Enlightened and may therefore enjoy your Lexus. You just run a status cult.

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

More cars are coming, why not prepare for it?

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

The rest of them are third world.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

Waste of $

Anonymous
2 years ago

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