Signature Bridge Highway Project Anticipated Completion Pushed Back To 2026, Cost Rising

The massive highway rebuild and expansion currently underway in the downtown Miami area is now estimated to be completed much later than originally announced, and at a higher cost, according to the project website.

The new completion date is anticipated for summer 2026 (compared to the original fall 2023). The new budget is estimated at $840 million (it was initially $802 million).

The contract began in October 2018, with a four-year deadline to the contractor for completion.

The deadline was permitted to be extended for special events, holidays, or weather delays.

Special events include events at the Arsht Center, American Airlines Arena, Bayfront Park and Marlins Park. Other events such as the Super Bowl, Art Basel, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the International Boat Show, and the Miami Marathon are also allowed to push back the deadline.

In addition to a Signature Bridge with spider or fountain-like arches, the project also includes rebuilding and expanding the highway in the area, including a double-deck highway.

 

(photo: FDOT)

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FIRE FDOT DIVISION 6
6 months ago

Its very obvious this was a kickback to contractors. The bridge was fine before and FDOT and MDX opted to create a decade of lost work hours and headaches. And for what? The same clownshow that clogged up the Palmetto with useless Express Lanes and spent a decade rebuilding the 826/836 interchange to save two minutes of traffic time for the average commuter, are here again to punish commuters in South Florida.

Seriously, they need to fire the entire FDOT Division in MDC. There was no need for this vanity project and its been obvious its headed for boondoogle status.

How do you get delays when you had almost two years of severely reduced traffic because of Covid? How is that possible? We had months with almost no traffic and these clowns are now gonna end up taking 6-7 years longer to build this useless nonsense.

Anonymous
6 months ago

beautifully stated…..

Checo
6 months ago

Except that engineers evaluated the structures as being at the most dangerous state of disrepair that they can measure prior to the $400m plus project just to bring it back to an average slab of highway on top of a mound of dirt from the waterfront to the River.

(Eventually) there will be a 33 acre park connecting Overtown to the waterfront, and their will be no barrier of dirt separating the Performing Arts Center from the Science and Art Museums.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Vote these people out of office, from Tallahassee to Miami Dade! However, most people don’t vote and just complain!

Anonymous
6 months ago

They’re rebuplican, so go ahead and try!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Okay, what people?

Who do we vote out?

Checo
6 months ago

You cannot “vote” bureaucrats out of office.

Anonymous
6 months ago

You expect blueball posters on here to know that, just like they can’t differentiate between State and Federal?

anonymous
6 months ago

Beautifully stated.

Checo
6 months ago

Except for being 100% wrong about the bridge being fine, the anger for the delays and incompetence are understandable.

i812Many
6 months ago

“How do you get delays when you had almost two years of severely reduced traffic because of Covid?”

Covid did a number on all the crews working, and often left them scrambling for replacements. How do I know? I worked on the project during Covid.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Should’ve spent these funds on better public transportation. The last thing we need is more highways.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Not possible- this is state DOT funds

Urbanist
6 months ago

Then fix the issue that doesn’t allow the money to be spent on something we need.

This is like telling a teacher that we can’t raise money for new classrooms because the surplus is for firefighters…it’s all government money.

Checo
6 months ago

“Then fix the issue that doesn’t allow the money to be spent on something we need.”

That is one hell of a first sentence.

Anonymous
6 months ago

We raised money for teachers. The unions and school boards just pocket it.

DOT FTW
6 months ago

DOT stands for Department of Transportation. Transportation does not only include cars and roads.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

in Florida it does

Anonymous
6 months ago

“Should’ve spent these funds on better public transportation. The last thing we need is more highways”

Look, we gave you some more free trolleys, what more do you want?!!!

They call me...
6 months ago

So…have you thought about this deeply enough to estimate how many cargo containers will fit in each MetroMover car?

Eliminate the highway out of Florida’s largest cargo port…and just quadruple deck the train tracks and have the trains in and out if the port 24 hours a day?

Anonymous
6 months ago

no, the world revolves around his craft beer runs

Anonymous
6 months ago

Another brain dead comment. Very on brand, They Call Me. Please keep them coming for our entertainment.

They call me...
6 months ago

I’ll type more slowly so that you can keep up…

Anonymous
6 months ago

When it breaks $1 billion we all get to have a party! Remember, an over-budget highway is a public good but a transit system has to be profitable.

anonymous
6 months ago

Is anyone at all surprised by this?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Nope.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Honestly, hell no! It looks like a dump load of work when you see it in person..

Anonymous
6 months ago

Heck, people came on this site and said Miami doesn’t need arches that look like a giant spider is crossing the freeway and a double decked highway anyway. But with enormous cost overruns at the MIA and pedestrian bridges falling down, nah, I’m not surprised.

Evan
6 months ago

The cost rise isn’t actually that much all things considered for a project this big, but pushing back 3 years on a 5 year contract is inexcusable. The GCs for 3 extra years alone probably almost cost 38 million what on earth is pushing it back that much

Checo
6 months ago

That is what I was thinking. Seems like if it were going 3 years over the time budgeted (75%) it would have gone more than just 5% over their cost budget.

Anonymous
6 months ago

should have let Melo build it……

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

They would of finished two months ago.

Anonymous
6 months ago

To whomever goes around correcting grammatical errors: here’s a prime opportunity.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I’ll start with your sentence.

You don’t need the colon after the word “errors.”

Mark
6 months ago

Incomplete sentence structure.

Anonymous
6 months ago

…and by the time it’s done, it’ll be traffic clogged and outdated.

Urbanist
6 months ago

I didn’t realize we had 3 years of events in the past 3 years.

Anon
6 months ago

Worst case scenario. This area will be a nightmare for years.

Anonymous
6 months ago

i live close by… i KNEW this would happen….now….everyone whose been enormously effected by the re routes and nightmarish traffic in this area can plan on 5 more years of this crap due to typical incompetence…..

Anonymous
6 months ago

I live here too. The construction site is not even responsibly configured for pedestrian safety. I see mothers trying to cross with their carriages just trying to get to CVS and there is barely a place to walk. Awful.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Biscayne has traffic lights that allow you 10 seconds to cross. It’s impossible to cross unless you run. It’s ridicolous

Anonymous
6 months ago

We need Biscayne Green ASAP

Anonymous
6 months ago

Biscayne Green was just an idea and glorified college project. There is no plan.

Anonymous
6 months ago

shhhh, someone developed a proposal so it MUST be happening, don’t spoil his fairy tale

Anonymous
6 months ago

Actually it is a great plan and with the fast growing of Downtown it is needed now more that ever.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Can the government do anything on time and within budget?

Anonymous
6 months ago

No because otherwise they can’t keep on increasing the budget and their wallets

Bob
6 months ago

Is this a trick question ?

Checo
6 months ago

No.

Anonymous
6 months ago

B-but, muh build back better!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Not since the Hoover dam or Apollo missions.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Don’t forget about Trūmp’s big beautiful wall. Oh wait…

Anon
6 months ago

It’s a private company building this?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Just don’t double deck it and invest that money toward a Metromover expansion to all of Miami and Miami Beach. Keep the arches, they are a cool aesthetic, even though they would have been nicer over water.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Spend the money on a system beyond the capacity and speed it was intended to serve because you don’t want to be Metrorail fares. So glad you’re not in office…

Anonymous
6 months ago

truth is neither is happening

Anon
6 months ago

What a joke. As if we didn’t know already. Another palmetto interchange in the making. There are hardly anyone working there at any given point when I pass by it. I was in India a few months ago and the frenetic pace of construction of rails and roads is to be seen to be believed. We are becoming 3rd world and they are becoming the first.

Rob
6 months ago

No. They are third world with no labor laws and slave labor. That is why it happens fast over there as well as cheaper.

Anonymous
6 months ago

You were in India a few months ago? Monkeypox patient zero right here…

Paranoid Android
6 months ago

Hey chico welcome to Miami.

More transit please.
6 months ago

Other cities are investing in highway reduction and even removals to promote better urban networks with pedestrian needs and reliable transit in mind. Meanwhile FDOT is screwing over the most vulnerable state to climate change with 10+ lane nightmares like this one.

Anonymous
6 months ago

What removals? The example I always here is in Seattle, but they didn’t remove the freeway, rather relocated it underground.

Pepe Pinga
6 months ago

Like any other government project… OVERBUDGET and LATE!!! Your tax dollars at work!!!

Anonymous
6 months ago

That’s waaaaay too long!!

Downtowner
6 months ago

I thought they were supposed to be fined for any delays.

Anon
6 months ago

LOL, we kew it already, this is Miami. This will be another 2 decade project like the Palmetto interchange.

Dear John
6 months ago

Its Miami what did we all expect? Did you really think it would be done on time for the estimated amount?

Shawn Kouri
6 months ago

Why is it pushed back to 2026. Events are no reason to delay it. Someone needs to tell the county that it’s going back to 2024 or winter 2024 or spring 2025. No later

Anonymous
6 months ago

HAHAHA WOW

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

Its still not a ridiculous cost overrun like the Archst center or Bostons Big Dig yet.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I wouldn’t compare elevating a highway to the Big Dig; it’s the literal antithesis to this project. I WISH this was a Big Dig. I get your point tho.

Ciparoo
6 months ago

Yeah a bit confusing on why this project is so difficult. Big Dig was understandable, even after all the bitching and moaning, who would ever go back to the way it was before? Downtown Boston is a totally different/better place.

Evan
6 months ago

Yeah cost isn’t bad. 3 year delay is absurd.

Anonymous
6 months ago

“Its still not a ridiculous cost overrun like the Archst center or Bostons Big Dig yet”

Then that only means that somebody didn’t learn a lesson after those snafus.

anon
6 months ago

This should have been rebuilt as an at-grade boulevard like many other cities are doing. Better connections between neighborhoods and would have been completed faster, cheaper and with less disruption.

Anonymous
6 months ago

You’ll be the first to complain about the crossing and demanding speed bumps on a major highway, like Biscayne Boulevard.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Biggest waste of money ever, it’ll be over a billion by the end for sure, and they still can’t even pony up a million to put up guard rails to protect cyclists on the rickenbacker

Dear John
6 months ago

Probably encountered some design flaws… but 3 years?! Somebody tell me why it would take that much longer? With modern technology why does it even take road projects so long to get done?

FIRE FDOT DIVISION 6
6 months ago

Forget the stupid spider thing and leave the current bridge in place. Save us the money and headache when this inevitably gets pushed back again.

Checo
6 months ago

The current “bridge” are several bridges and a serpentine highway laid over mounds of dirt completely cutting off neighborhoods from each other.

The new project is a SUSPENSION bridge that allows a more straight (and safe) highway with a 33 acre heritage trail and park underneath the deck.

Market Urbanist
6 months ago

I love this project. You can see the new overpasses opening up the area underneath it already. Wait till the public area is installed underneath.

Anonymous
6 months ago

With the cost of the highway ballooning, I wouldn’t expect the park to anything close to the way it was originally depicted

Checo
6 months ago

The bridge building entity is only partially responsible for the park underneath. The community leaders are doing a pretty good job ensuring that the park will be well operated, maintained, and programed.

Melo’s pájaro nalgon
6 months ago

This project is too big for the average Florida engineer. Time to bring in the Dutch and Germans.

Paranoid Android
6 months ago

This is a completely unnecessary project. Why do we need it?

JS22
6 months ago

A tunnel would have paid itself with additional real state taxes from property value increases, however they go to different pockets (city/county vs state) so not an easy solution to reach