Foundation Work Underway For $802M Signature Bridge Project In Downtown Miami

Piling work now appears underway on downtown Miami’s Signature Bridge project, which also includes a rebuild of several major highways.

As of last month, foundation equipment was on the construction site, photos show.

The Florida Department of Transportation awarded the $802 million contract to a private design-build team, with a requirement to complete the project within four years of October 29, 2018. Holidays, special events and unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather are excluded from the count.

The project includes double-decking of a portion of the 836 expressway, and a redesign of the interchange with I-95 and I-395. The highways running through downtown Miami will be elevated and new public spaces and parks will be built underneath.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

It will be nice. I would have preferred this money to be invested in more public transit.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would love both.

transplant
2 years ago

No reason why we can’t.

Well, outside of the fact that politicians in Miami are dictators that DO NOT represent their constituents. They openly acknowledge the public’s desire for public transport yet unilaterally rule for busses or whichever archaic method that Jimenez and the rest of the assclowns decide on.

Anonymous
2 years ago

My child wants a pony.
The problem is, my child has not studied the cost of the pony.
Additionally, my child doesn’t have the money to pay for the pony, or the annual operational cost of the pony all by himself. He would have to ask people who will never ride the pony to pay for the pony for him.

It is really sad, when I have to tell him the truth about the real world. Fortunately, my child does not know what “assclown” means.

transplant
2 years ago

This child is a 40+ year old JD-MBA that understands how government is to work and represent the people, regardless of how one ELECTED citizen feels. This child also works within finance is very aware of the associated costs and benefits. Fortunately, this child understands that most other children are simpletons that are scared off at the first mention of costs without ever considering & understanding the benefits of a connected city.

The child also knows an assclown when he sees one. And oh look, I’ve found another. One that manages an entire paragraph without including any real substance and reverts to long-winded, weak analogies to make a simple point (“Expanding public transportation is too expensive.”)

Thankfully, this child is empathetic and understands that many locals, particularly those above 40, only know cities from movies and television shows.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Your Argument from Authority means very little.

I present that
#1. Public transit exists from Miami to Miami Beach. Miami and Miami ARE CONNECTED.
#2. The cost per mile of new public transit options (the ones good enough for your personal preferences) does not warrant the investment for the Baylink. There are more important priorities than an incremental improvement in how people cross a 3 mile bridge to a barrier island.
#3. Voters in Miami Beach (I was one of them) voted against Baylink in the 1990’s. Miami Beach has not suffered. The population has increased, tourism has increased, and by nearly every metric, Miami Beach is better, even though there is no Baylink.

My highly focused point is that, reconfiguring 395 and elevating a signature bridge is necessary, and a Baylink is not necessary, nor is it a priority.

Anonymous
2 years ago

By that argument you should let voters in Overtown decide whether they want to have I-395 running through the middle of their community just so Beach residents can save a few minutes getting to I-95.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No.
The bridge has had a structural inspections, it has been deemed unsafe.
There is nothing wrong with the busses going to South Beach.
The bridge not only serves Miami Beach but the economic engine that is PortMiami.

A suspension bridge frees up a significant number of acres of public greenspace.

Any argument that the bridge money is better spent on BayLink is foolish on its merit. Even if the argument is made by guy with a dumbed down hybrid degree who only has only 15 years in the real world.

Anonymous
2 years ago

And thusly goes the argument for a bridge instead of mass transit.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Jimenez” was also an assclown with the courthouse, wanting some crappy excuse of one tacked on to the children’s courthouse and against everybody else’s wishes, who told him to BTFO.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’d prefer them to not waste our money.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Preferably a rail link to South Beach. Same corridor. Would greatly relieve traffic and provide actual benefit to the region. Why aren’t Miami Beach commissioners trying to get rail transit to the beach? It’s the only solution to the constant traffic.

Uber/Lyft is not the solution. It’s actually the problem.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I have lived in South Beach since 1992. People have been whining about how South Beach NEEDS a rail link.
NEEDS.
Really? NEEDS.
It has been 26 years since then, people are still whining. South Beach hotels are still full, and they are building more rooms, more retail, and more apartments.

How much would you be willing to pay for a ticket on your NECESSARY rail?
If it were a $26 ticket, would you pay it because you NEED a rail link, or would you whine that the ticket is too expensive.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I say put a toll on the other two major causeways and let them subsidize the link.

South Beach is chocked by cars. You like that?

Anonymous
2 years ago

No, I cant say that I love traffic, but it beats a town with no traffic.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I hope you no longer live in SoBe, or are moving soon. Just wait. The traffic from this construction project will be monstrous. Yes Virginia, we need a rail link to South Beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wait till Brightline extends to Orlando – there will more coming

Anonymous
2 years ago

So let me get this straight. According to your thinking no progress should ever happened. We should be happy that since there was no rail link in 1992, there should not be one in 2019 or for that matter in 2092. Glad that people that matter don’t feel that way. A rail link would help traffic and it would be convenient for thousands of people. If you don’t want to take it, don’t! Simple, now go back and return your Grinch costume Christmas is over.

Anonymous
2 years ago

>>> A rail link would help traffic and it would be convenient for thousands of people. If you don’t want to take it, don’t!

It would still benefit those people by removing cars from the road.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Remove cars from the road”
Really? Have you Thought that through?

Anonymous
2 years ago

No, you dont have it straight. Read the words in the post following these words, “My highly focused point is that”

Anonymous
2 years ago

Because Miami Beach dosent want the tourists leaving the Beach

Anonymous
2 years ago

Becuase, it does not make sense.
Miami Beach has a population of about 92,000 on an island that is 7 miles long and about a mile in width.
Busses run constantly between the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach.

The guy with the hybrid degree and the 14 years in the workforce is so smart that he can tell you how much money per mile a rail link costs to build, and its operational expenses per year.
The rider’s fares would never cover the costs, and most wouldnt take the rail if it did.

Soooo…..it has to be HIGHLY subsidized with someone’s money. Does Miami Beach pay for the whole thing?
Does Miami?
How about the people of Sweetwater?

When you think about it in more depth, it becomes clear that it not a NEED nor is it more necessary than repairing the bridge, improving the safety if the bridge, and freeung up green space in the Arts & Entertainment district.

FEC greenway
2 years ago

Beach corridor is probably one of the few that would get a good amount of revenue. Beach is very dense and many people work downtown.

Polo
2 years ago

The money would have been better spend by extending the metro mover all the way to the design district.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Coastal Link can do it cheaper, and the money could be spent connecting Miami Beach with light rail.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good, I wanted a billion dollar bridge instead of a good mass transit system.

Anonymous
2 years ago

**Over land

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wish I owned land around the Omni.

William
2 years ago

This is the test pile program. Once the test piles are put in place, that will dictate the length of the production piles. This project will fix allot of issues that have plagued the highway in that location for many years. The signature bridge is a big bonus but its not the only part of this project. I’m definitely a supporter! Go FDOT!

Anonymous
2 years ago

They shaved off 1 Year to 4 years -originally it was projected to be 5 years

Anonymous
2 years ago

Very cool. One of those projects people thought they could live without until they got it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Make sure it doesnt fall on people this time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But will it be completed by the time MWC will be completed ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not sure…but at least they got started.

Miami Realist
2 years ago

Adrienne Arsht Center will soon run out of parking space…

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

The rendering makes it look very close to the Arsht Center. I hope traffic noises don’t spoil the performances.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh wait this is actually happening ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

No dumb ass

Anonymous
2 years ago

Likely just testing. That lot is a block from 395.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s where the bridge will be built. They need to keep 395 open during construction.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Run the orange line up there so it can go to south beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

More like this will be done in 10 years not 4.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I haven’t fully studied this project but are there any accommodations for future transit extension to the beach within this bridge? Or will it have to go completely around the spider legs? Unless they decide the extension to the beach will be the metromover… anyone know

Anonymous
2 years ago

No other city in the US is rebuilding an elevated freeway through its heart, much less a two level one. They are tearing them down, covering them, or burying them like the Big Dig in Boston and San Francisco’s Embarcadero Boulevard to name just a few. These options were promoted by progressive groups for this project but ultimately the FDOT crowd won with a 1950’s highway solution. Miami will never compete as a progressive city with this kind of thinking.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ok so what’s the difference rather it’s over or under? We not trying to be like other cities we’re just trying to be Miami! FYI L.A is rebuilding the sixth street viaduct a long ass bridge. You can’t always just build underground it cost more an takes longer to build. This project already takes 4 years I can imagine how long it will take under ground. Just be happy this will help with traffic geesh!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This won’t at all help with traffic, no capacity at all is being added, it’s a replacement project. If you have to ask the difference between elevated and underground it’s not worth discussing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Of course it will help with traffic they are adding an exit ramp, and re-configuring others.
Now trucks come uphill in first gear, and try to move from the south to the north in an effort to access the I95 ramp north.
Anyone who travels this area often has seen it…has slammed on their brakes and nearly crashed.
It’s an unsafe disaster.

re.act.tor
2 years ago

underground in a flood zone, yep good idea. what could possibly go wrong

Anonymous
2 years ago

The level of idiocy on this site never ceases to amaze. Underground in a flood zone? Yes, it’s called a waterproof tunnel like the one to the port?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Except San Francisco was because the original freeway collapsed in an earthquake, and Boston added a whole new stretch to ease congestion from the airport.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami’s Skyline Will Be A ClusterF*** Of Lights!

Suomynona
2 years ago

*yawn*

Reality
2 years ago

I second the yawn. No climate ribbon = no bueno.