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Judge Allows FDOT To Proceed With Fountain Design For Signature Bridge

Judge Allows FDOT To Proceed With Fountain Design For Signature Bridge

Two rulings were issued recently, which allows the Florida Department of Transportation to proceed with building “The Fountain,” their chosen design for the proposed $802m Signature Bridge project in downtown Miami.

In March, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled against former Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who had sued FDOT. A 2013 settlement agreement was not enforceable by a Miami-Dade court, according to the ruling. In addition, a lower court decision that denied FDOT’s request to transfer the case to Leon County Circuit Court was ruled incorrect.

In April, the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings also ruled in favor of FDOT. Losing bidder Fluor-Astaldi-MCM failed to prove the decisition to award the project to Archer Western- de Moya Joint Venture was clearly erroneous, contrary to competition, arbitrary or capricious, according to a judge.

Award of the project was announced in May 2017. Construction was set to begin in December 2017 with completion in late 2022, but was delayed by the legal action.

Tish Burgher, a Communications Manager for FDOT, confirmed that Fluor Astaldi withdrew their challenge on April 18 following the recommendation issued by an Administrative Law Judge.

The final order was signed by FDOT Secretary Mike Dew on April 30, allowing the department to proceed with the execution of a contract with the “Fountain” team, Archer Western-de Moya. FDOT doesn’t yet have a construction schedule, she said.

Of the $802 million cost, $626 in funds are coming from the State of Florida, including state motor fuels tax, vehicle license fee, documentary stamp collections. The remaining $186 million is being paid for locally by MDX toll revenue bond proceeds.

 

 

 

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second ranked by fdot (dancers):

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Amazing… the city has been needing a “Baylink” to Miami Beach for decades, but this “non-necessity” comes along and gets priority and it cost much more to do.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It should have been placed underground. Period.

The Weatherman
The Weatherman

Too expensive…

Anonymous
Anonymous

It was about 200 Million more and would have created a much better experience for everyone.

suomynona
suomynona

Do you have a link for that? Highly disappointing if true. Even if it was just a “ditch” with a covering over it, it would’ve been an infinitely better result.

Anonymous
Anonymous

FDOT should probably just avoid building bridges at this point.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The current highway/bridges are in need of MAJOR repair. It isn’t cosmetic.
The current highway winds like a servant with exit and entry ramps on both sides. It is one 9f th ge most inefficient stretches of highway in S. Florida.
The mounds of dirt holding up the highway block pedestrians from the museums and the Performing Arts Center.

With an opportunity to fix all three of those major things…why not make it iconic too?

Anonymous
Anonymous

“It is one 9f th ge”

Uh, what?

suomynona
suomynona

“one of the”

suomynona
suomynona

Much of what you say is false. 1. Pedestrians are able to pass from north to south (and vice versa) under the current 395 overpass. 2. There are still going to be plenty of “mounds” and exit/entrance ramps “blocking” pedestrian/vehicular flow below the overpass. 3. It does not wind like a serpent. There is one bend in it. There will still be one bend in it when reconfigured. ———- It’s not like we’re talking about the Brooklyn or Golden Gate Bridge, or even the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. It’s not going to be the centerpiece of Miami postcards. Tourists aren’t going to come just to look at it. It’s largely going to be an afterthought. The entire project is supposed to make access to 395 from downtown easier, and the 395/836/95 interchange better. But the “bridge” aka overpass itself isn’t actually going to do any of that. I also think the area under the overpass is going to be a dead zone. They’re going to spend a lot of money on an area that won’t be well maintained and will be inhabited by vagrants. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe a lot of downtown dog walkers will use it as… Read more »

William
William

This is a good thing for the city. You may disagree with it but generally a good thing. Glad that Florida is finally spending money in Miami.. in earnest.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I still cannot believe that they will build this bridge before a tunnel connecting Downtown and Brickell. Think people – think!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Build baylink, not a bridge to no where.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You do not understand this issue

Anonymous
Anonymous

Great design and alongside the improvements to 395 it’ll help open up the area to pedestrians and speed up the development of those empty lots surrounding the arst center – the sooner the better!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

“it’ll help open up the area to pedestrians and speed up the development of those empty lots surrounding the arst center”

Where did you get with the idea that it’ll do all that?

Market Urbanist
Market Urbanist

Not sure about speeding up development, but the plans do call for raising the bridge to about 60 feet (it’s currently 20 feet I believe) and constructing a park underneath, from Key Biscayne to I-95.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How could there be a park from Key Biscayne to i-95 under the the i-395? This is nowhere near Key Biscayne.

Market Urbanist
Market Urbanist

Correction. Biscayne Bay.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Good… that’ll be nice for the homeless to sleep under at night out of the rain.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The traffic on that arena exit is brutal and there’s always homeless people begging there now. These improvements should help make this section more walkable for people from downtown/worldcenter to the art center and vice versa.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think you’re in the wrong thread here dude..”Market Urbanist” ?? LOL I sure hope you’re not a public employee..what a waste of tax payer money..

Market Urbanist
Market Urbanist

I’m confused. Where in my response did I say I was for this project?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Just what people want! A park under a bridge.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m assuming that developments on the sites closet to the highway were waiting to see what happens with this bridge before moving forward. I have no idea if it’ll speed up the development necessarily, but it’ll definitely make the area more pedestrian friendly so it’s not a stretch to think that’ll give developers more visibility regarding the timeline and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that those sites will get activated sooner rather than later because of this bridge plan moving forward.

Anonymous
Anonymous

He has probably studied the plan and seen the reneerings like I have.
Of course it will open up the space underneath… it’s a suspension bridge.

suomynona
suomynona

Pedestrians under the overpass

LOL

Sounds like a bad jam band

Anonymous
Anonymous

Funny how the city can’t get real fountains but it can get something fake that looks like a giant spider walking along the freeway!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well, I gotta tell you that giant spider looks awesome to me.
This could be a great iconic bridge; even if it goes nowhere.

suomynona
suomynona

Nah, the dancers are definitely nicer looking.

And since I don’t buy any of this “connectivity” or “activation” nonsense about the signature overpass, I’d prefer looking at the more attractive design.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The dancers looks like a giant toll plaza or 2 wishbones. at least the spider looks like a play on the letter M

suomynona
suomynona

Yea, 836 would look so much nicer with lopsided spider tolls.

Dancers look more elegant. Spider looks more tacky.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Just walk along 395 from the waterfront to where 395 meets I95.
You will “buy it” easily enough after that…

suomynona
suomynona

Yes, because lots of people like walking from the Bay to I-95. It’s a very useful route for pedestrians.

LOL WAT

Polo
Polo

They were better off spending this money on a metro mover extension to midtown or on the bay link.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami Beach doesn’t want the Baylink. I think it’s preposterous myself that a city does not want mass transit built.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Some loud (mostly white) wealthy Miami Beach residents don’t want the Baylink.
They were the same people who fought the opening of the Lincoln Rd. Regal Movie Theater.
These are the same type of South Florida Residents who killed the Wave Streetcar Ft Lauderdale and the redevelopment of the MiMo District in Miami, they will fight with the teeth anything that They consider will compromise their segregated coastal neighborhoods.
A perpetuation of the Jim Crow Era laws.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Coastal Link will take care of Midtown, and the only way Baylink is possible these days is with a P3. A free little electric bus going at thirty miles an hour isn’t convincing for either the private or even public sector.

Anonymous
Anonymous

the Metromover should connect through wynnwood and to the coastal link stations

Anonymous
Anonymous

“the Metromover should connect through wynnwood and to the coastal link stations”

You do realize that that’s too easy… right?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Looks great and will definitely improve the area. But man, 800M for a ~ 1 mile stretch of road to get a resign and beautification? This isn’t the type of transportation improvement South Florida needs right now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

For everyone information, the $802M is not for the bridge only!! It includes the reconstruction of SR 836 which includes the construction of a viaduct (elevated roadway) to carry 4 lanes between SR 836 to I-395/I-95 southbound, reconstruction of 1.5 miles of I-395 and 2 miles of I-95. The improvements are to improve traffic within the SR 836/I-95/I-395 interchange which today is impossible to travel at anytime of the day. The cost of the “fountain” signature bridge is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall cost of the “entire” project. Please understand the scope of the project before assuming that the $802M is only for a bridge!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Again, it helps to know that the current bridge/road/mind of dirt is:
1. Physically deteriorating and needs repair or it will have to be closed
2. Is winding and dangerous (See aerial on Google Earth) with on and off ramps battling on both North and South sides of the westbound lanes.
3. The highway is a mile long mound of dirt with occasional bridges along the way. (Just walk it).

Once completed, the long mounds of dirt will be gone, so space will be freed up. The bridge will be safe, and traffic will flow better and more safely.

suomynona
suomynona

2 and 3 aren’t going to change much.

suomynona
suomynona

2 definitely isn’t.

Anonymous
Anonymous

For everyone information, the $802M is not for the bridge only!! It includes the reconstruction of SR 836 which includes the construction of a viaduct (elevated roadway) to carry 4 lanes between SR 836 to I-395/I-95 southbound, reconstruction of 1.5 miles of I-395 and 2 miles of I-95. The improvements are to improve traffic within the SR 836/I-95/I-395 interchange which today is impossible to travel at anytime of the day. The cost of the “fountain” signature bridge is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall cost of the “entire” project. Please understand the scope of the project before assuming that the $802M is only for a bridge!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Link to full project description from FDOT:

http://www.fdotmiamidade.com/i395designproject

Anonymous
Anonymous

what a weird place to put a bridge when there is the bay 50 feet away

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only in Miami would a “bridge” span over land where a current overpass is doing the job. Next up, elevated roadways next to MetroRail lines for Gimenez’s Uber lanes of the future.

Sara
Sara

?❤️

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a waste…

Anonymous
Anonymous

$802 million… almost a billion dollar waste!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It will look stunning

Anonymous
Anonymous

It may look stunning in your opinion, but it’s not a priority right now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

About damn time… Now build it!
Can’t wait to watch this happen from Venetia.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Marc Sarnoff, Elvis Cruz, and the Morning Side Gang are a plage

Dokter
Dokter

They may be many things, but a French beach is not one of those things.

ILoveMiami
ILoveMiami

LOL. Funny. I wonder if he/she got it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

highly doubt he speaks French. But to his defense Dokter’s comment was really lame…

Flymia
Flymia

Absolute waste of funds. $800,000,000.00 That is a lot of money that has better uses. I get it, the bridge needs some fixing. OK spend $200,000.00 fixing it. Then get the rest of the money to finance real improvements.

This is pathetic.

Flymia
Flymia

Edit: $200,000,000.00 to fix, $600,000,000 to spend on real change.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m sure some of the money is used to acquire the land necessary to straighten out the highway. After the highway has changed course, they can sell the surplus land to offset the total costs.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you! They will recoup much of the costs from real estate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um yeah, sure, dream on.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I bet you pulled out your calculator for that one huh..

Anonymous
Anonymous

w many times do we have to tell you trolls that FDOT money cannot be substituted to finance anything else other than what it was approved for. Get over it!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Typo-that would be “How”.

Flymia
Flymia

That is the problem. That needs to be fixed. Its pathetic. Its an absolute waste of almost a billion dollars! The only winners are the contractors.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And the losers are the taxpayers whose money is paying for this unnecessary crap.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Too many empty lots around the Arscht Center. Hopefully, this triggers a push for more activity in the area. Another catalyst would be Skyrise near Bayside. Downtown Miami needs a major tourist draw.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Those empty lots ( on the south side) are for this project lol

Anonymous
Anonymous

The empty lots to the. North of 395.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Now Skyrise that’s just UGLY!

Anonymous
Anonymous

If they’re going to spend that much on this thing, at least put some tracks on it so that in the future, we can have light-rail cars using it to.

marc
marc

They should always mention it is an $802 million rebuild of the 1 1/2 mile I-395 including the “signature bridge”.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is truly a massive project and the public needs to understand the totality of it…

Anonymous
Anonymous

55 acre Heritage Trail Park, here we come!

ILoveMiami
ILoveMiami

Too bad it wasn’t designed by Santiago Calatrava.

William
William

MCM has their tail tucked btw their legs…. Otherwise they would have done more damage to the schedule. Astaldi and Fluor are smart to remove themselves from tie-up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

FDOT deserves praise for once , telling the corrupt MCM Miami mafia whining about not being favored with their ugly bridge to go screw itself. It would probably end up being more structurally deficient than the existing 1960s bridge, too.

anonymous rex
anonymous rex

beautiful design, thank god mcm is not building this

Anonymous
Anonymous

As with most FDOT work, should we expect the massive columns for the bridge right in the *middle* of the sidewalk?

Anonymous
Anonymous

WASTE OF MONEY! this city is so corrupt!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Correct your self. FDOT is Corrupt!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Did you guys hear our Mayor Carlitos Gimenez interview in The Sunshine Economy (NPR) today?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Total waste of money

Anonymous
Anonymous

Decorative not functional $802m waste!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Can someone please explain the purpose of building a bridge/highway in place of the one thats already there? I don’t understand and am curious to see your response.

Thanks,

A concerned Miamian

Anonymous
Anonymous

For everyone information, the $802M is not for the bridge only!! It includes the reconstruction of SR 836 which includes the construction of a viaduct (elevated roadway) to carry 4 lanes between SR 836 to I-395/I-95 southbound, reconstruction of 1.5 miles of I-395 and 2 miles of I-95. The improvements are to improve traffic within the SR 836/I-95/I-395 interchange which today is impossible to travel at anytime of the day. The cost of the “fountain” signature bridge is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall cost of the “entire” project. Please understand the scope of the project before assuming that the $802M is only for a bridge!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

So, you think the same thing can’t be done much cheaper? Say… $450 million?

Anonymous
Anonymous

What think is immaterial. The project was put out to bid to 4 different contractors and the $802M was the lowest/cheapest bid. If it could be done cheaper, one of these 4 contractors would have found the way to make it cheaper to win the project. It’s easy to say “$450M” without having any perspective of today’s cost of highway/bridge construction and while constructing with 250K vehicles traveling through the interchange on a daily basis…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Look, all the unnecessary crap they wanna do to this Over Pass is really what pushes the cost to what they say it is… don’t be so naive.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Very Expensive Bridge but definitely great looking and will give the Edgewater/North Downtown area some real character and give Miami a more modern appearance. Heck with it…GET IT BUILT !

marc
marc

That sum is the total cost of I-395 and not just the bridge which only makes up a portion of it.

Common Sense Posting
Common Sense Posting

So we can’t use that $1B to build something where it’s actually necessary aka the Brickell Ave tunnel/bridge?

What in the world is the functional purpose of this $1B bridge lmao

marc
marc

Why do they rebuild or widen any highway? Ask FDOT

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because even with mass transit, there will always be more cars. Highways are cheaper to maintain than mass transit.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No. State regulations prohibit use of funds for anything other what it was approved for. If we decline the funds it will be re-appropriated to other parts of the state.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The FDOT wants to start construction on this thing right when Miami finally gets another Superbowl.