Spider-Like Arches Of Downtown Miami’s Signature Bridge Begin Their Rise

The spider-like arches of downtown Miami’s Signature Bridge are now beginning to come out of the ground.

Contractors have begun vertical construction on the “legs” at the center pier where all six arches will eventually rise from, according to a new presentation from the Florida Department of Transportation. The first concrete pour of the legs is expected in late September or early October.

At the other end of the first arch, a concrete pour for a footing is expected within a few weeks, the presentation stated.

Once complete, contractors will begin installing precast segments of the arch bit by bit, supported by temporary towers that will hold the structure in place.

Only a small final segment of each arch will be cast in place.

Last month, a spokesperson for FDOT told The Next Miami that the precast segment installation was expected by late 2021 or early 2022 at the latest.

In total, there will be six arches built for the Signature Bridge, ranging in height from 180 to 330 feet above ground, and spanning 1,025 feet.

 

 

 

The “center pier” section where all the Signature Bridge arches will originate now coming out of the ground: 

(photo: FDOT)

 

Each segment will be a precast installation, except for the final segment (seen in purple) poured in place. Temporary towers will support the structure during the work:

(image: FDOT)

 

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Anonymous
28 days ago

OMG
It’s going to be beautiful

Anonymous
28 days ago

It’s going to be a beautiful bridge. I can’t wait. But please Mr. Editor, stop calling it “spider”. The winning concept is called “the fountain”. Spiders have eight legs —six-legged spiders either lost them along he way (not a good analogy for a brand new bridge) or they are just insects. I can understand how people are calling it a spider; but I would expect a little more editorial accuracy from the writer. The article is written is such a way that it continues to promote this concept of “the spider”; referring the arches as legs. Please stop throwing wood onto the fire.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Wood is combustible for a reason, let the fire burn

Anonymous
28 days ago

They can call it “fountain” all they want, but it still, upon first look, gives the impression of a spider.

Anonymous
28 days ago

I always thought a vagina looked like a spider web nest.

Anonymous
27 days ago

You need to date different girls.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Because it looks like a spider and not a fountain.
You need to google 6 legged spiders. There are many species with only 6 legs and they didn’t lose them. Didn’t you learn anything in science class back in high school?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Maybe that was my problem — I did not stop at high school. 😉 Take your own advise and google it yourself. 🙂

Anonymous
28 days ago

It looks like arches. White instead of golden. But I still think migmac

Anonymous
28 days ago

This spider could loose its 6 legs with the next category 4 hurricane! 😋

Anonymous
27 days ago

It looks more like an umbrella without the fabric ! 😳

Anonymous
28 days ago

It hasn’t ever been called a fountain bridge. It is referred to as a ‘signature’ bridge.

It looks like a spider, thus it is called accordingly.
Any resemblance to a fountain would be from a drunk person or someone high on crack.
But thanks for the laugh.

Anonymous ;-)
28 days ago

Signature is a term only a bureaucrat could love.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Apologies for saying bonus spider on top. You are correct. Bonus insect or fountain. To me, the top is least important feature of the infrastructure rehabilitation.

Anonymous
28 days ago

The Scifi movie makers are gonna love this shit…

Anonymous
28 days ago

Yeah… Miami has been destroyed 2 times in Sci Fi films this year so far

Anonymous
28 days ago

When Hollywood destroy you it means you’ve built something spectacular and worth showing!

Anonymous
28 days ago

The more Miami’s skyline grows, the more movies there will be made.

Yet Another Anonymous
27 days ago

What’s the other one?

Anonymous
27 days ago

“Reminiscence” with Hugh Jackman… 40’s type film noir set in a mostly submerged Miami of the future. Out in theaters right now or on HBOMax. It’s not very memorable Parts of it were definetly filmed here.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Submerged highway under biscayne would have been nice. Could have done the ‘signature bridge’ out over the water where it would be visible from the entire length of waterfront.

MiamiRob
7 days ago

Agreed ! Why couldn’t they have built this over Biscayne Bay and illuminate it at night? It would have looked spectacular.

Anonymous
28 days ago

I love that we’re spending all of this money to improve mobility in Miami.

[checks notes] — oh. Another highway project. Just one more lane will fix it!

Anonymous
28 days ago

These are state DOT funds, if not spent here money would go to new expressway that state wants to build from Orlando to southwest Florida.

Anonymous
28 days ago

The argument of “these funds are intended for this purpose” doesn’t work. We as tax payers can have a say on where these funds go. Take the DOT funds to build better transit that everyone in the Douglas road article are complaining about not being “pretty”

Anonymous
28 days ago

You need people to use the ghetto transit before we can invest more money into it.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Wow you may want to look up appropriated funds and tax laws and see specifically how taxes particularly gas taxes can be spent

Anonymous
27 days ago

If you know how Government works it becomes more clear.

Fixing this citically failing infrastructure was necessay. Having read the engineering reports, and watching the presentation of how bad these bridges were 10 years ago, and seeing the opportunity to suspend a bridge rather that stack a bridge on top of an earth berm for 2 miles is very compelling.

Now I’m sure that you want an excellent Metromover to take you to your gourmet doughnuts and Soy Lattes, but the cargo trucks that need to access PortMiami and rapid access to warehouses and transfer stations do not fit in the stairways of the Metromover platforms let alone squeeze into those plastic seats.

So, many taxpayers, with experience and understanding enough to know why Interstates are important for commerce understand why a safe and efficient thoroughfare, are thrilled to have this section more safe, more efficient freeway, an Underdeck, continuity between Musuem Park and the Performing Arts Center and a bonus spider on top, are happy.

Anonymous
28 days ago

This is very cool! I only wish they would extend it over the water. Maybe on a second phase?

Anonymous
28 days ago

this is a great animation explaining the entire project http://www.i395-miami.com/project-video/

Anonymous
27 days ago

EXCELLENT POST!

Anonymous
27 days ago

The video esplains a lot! most people dont know that the cost is for all the projects. Bridge, I95, and I836

Anonymous
28 days ago

Looking at the new ramps already completed, it doesn’t look much higher than the current bridge. They should of just install more lighting under it like the 195 bridge between midtown and design distract. Myself and plenty of other people walk between those two neighborhoods regularly under the highway.

Anonymous
28 days ago

I think that’s the final plan, even better walkability and lighting

Anonymous
28 days ago

Its not just the bridge being a bit taller (it’s about 25% higher with less support columns and evens out that stretch in general), but the overall project including extra ramps for 836 exits onto 95 north and south along with the double decker lane to bypass through all local traffic onto the MacArthur. If Miami refused this money it would’ve went elsewhere, blame FDOT if anything not Miami.

Connor
28 days ago

All of you need to grow up and understand there is more to how a community functions than just downtown living. A highway is a necessity and i’m glad they are actually investing to make it look nice than just a regular bridge. The bridge will be taller, more pleasing to the eye, will better control traffic and include a safer/greener walking space below the deck. A bridge inly divides if it’s allowed to and FDOT/Miami have invested to make sure it is used as a connection. Do metrorail bridge decks divide?? or are those spaces used as an urban trail?? Do Tri-Rail tracks divide? Does Miami Central Station divide the city?? If you don’t understand urban planning then don’t comment like you do? Multi-modality includes cars and includes making our highways more accessible, greener and pedestrian friendly underneath. The answer is not to just get rid of them? Stupid

Anonymous
28 days ago

Check out Dallas, Houston and Atlanta for cities that prioritize car growth over people.

None of us live there because they are awful.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Atlanta has a lot of hot bbc

Anonymous
28 days ago

I heard Stacey Abrams has the biggest.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta have streetcar systems that make Metromover look like what it is, a dinky Coke can with its own bridge. Even MARTA blows Metrorail away.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Those are some of the fastest growing metros in the country in addition to being corporate HQ relocation magnets. They’re doing something right.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Wow. You got up on the wrong side of the bed !!!

Anonymous
27 days ago

With concrete bridges (SW 8th St. at FIU) and condos (Miami Beach) falling down all around us, I have some doubts about construction integrity in Florida. Also, I’m seriously not comfortable about a Cuban American serving as the lead investigator in a County when considering the political clout of the Latin American Builders’ Association to increase profits and cut safety corners.

Anonymous
27 days ago

So less than 25 structure fail in the past 25 years, now every structure is doomed to fail? Stop watching and reading the new. Latin americans have little to do with structures failing. New York City had many building fall over the years and they were built by white americans/immigrants.

Anonymous
26 days ago

I’m trying to like this bridge but I can’t. It is too visually messy. Some of the other designs were more understated and refined IMO. Maybe I’ll come around. Anyways, it is something to look at *shrugs*.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Hopefully they fix Biscayne right under it with actually timed traffic lights and speed bumps! This area will be packed with people and the way Biscayne is now we will have 10 hit and runs a day

Anonymous
28 days ago

Sounds fun😂

Anonymous
28 days ago

The tons of articles on this bridge and no one reads how it is a total rebuilt including edit ramps and connected streets

Anonymous
28 days ago

Tell me where speed bumps are on a major stretch of a U.S. Highway System route. I agree it could use a road diet to improve pedestrian friendliness, but speed bumps?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Can’t wait for completion and to see how Worldcenter seamlessly connects with the arts and entertainment district!

Anonymous
28 days ago

What a waste of money! Government rules won’t allow this money to be use for anything other than this tacky spider 🕷
And to think that new generation wants more government control !! 🧐

Anonymous
28 days ago

That’s because they haven’t yet learned of government’s “signature” ineptitude. The examples are mounting, Gen Z and beyond will ultimately get it.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Anything else but roads, government is guaranteed not to build, regardless of political affiliation.

POLO
28 days ago

It’s still a brige; It’s still dividing Edgewater from the rest of downtown.

Anonymous
28 days ago

You drive over basically flat land over water across the MacArthur Causeway until you hit mainland Miami and then you start going up and across a bridge over built over nothing but land…

Go figure.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Have you heard of BIscayne Blvd? Because it runs underneath so that’s why there’s a bridge. Would you prefer traffic lights or stop signs trying to get to 95 from the beach?

Anonymous
27 days ago

Wow.. I bet it took you ten years of schooling to figure that out!

Anonymous
28 days ago

Since when is the MacArthur flat?

Anonymous
27 days ago

Boy you have poor reading comprehension.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Right. So stupid. Not a bridge. It’s like they call wilton manors an island. So silly.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Actually will be much more open than what is there now. Much taller off the ground and fewer columns. New park space as a result.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Edgewater and Miramar (a.k.a the A&E District or Town Square) were never considered “downtown,” as some of the first suburbs beyond the Knowlton plat of 1896. It would be like calling Lake View, Chicago as part of “downtown.” Besides, I would have thought it was that vacant lot of a former rag and giant carcass of a shopping mall creating a border vacuum.

Anonymous
28 days ago

If anything, this is a massive DISinvestment into downtown

Anonymous
28 days ago

DISintelligent

Anonymous
21 days ago

Who are these 10 voters who seem to come along and wipe the board with their votes? They certainly have a agenda

Anonymous
28 days ago

The destruction of downtown continues

Anonymous
28 days ago

wtf?

Anonymous
28 days ago

kick rocks

Anonymous
28 days ago

Downtown Miami has only been crap with zero identity or historic interest except for a couple of buildings, anything with some sense of design in downtown Miami is an improvement.

Anonymous
28 days ago

It looks better as a single multi colored arch with out a bridge than this garbage ass spider web bridge

anonymous huevon
28 days ago

What a simpleton….the single multi colored arch is a drawing or diagram done on google earth and Sketch-Up…its created to explain how this is staged, segmented and and constructed one arch at a time….etc. Go back and finish high school.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Damn I found the guy who designed this bridge lmao

Anonymous
28 days ago

stupid comment