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Study: Brickell Tunnel Would Cost $1.1 to $1.7 Billion

Study: Brickell Tunnel Would Cost $1.1 to $1.7 Billion

Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization has released the results of a tunnel feasibility study.

Two options to build are presented, along with a no-build alternative.

The most direct route, “reverse curve,” is estimated to cost $1.1 to $1.3 billion depending on construction type. Length would be similar to the recently built PortMiami tunnel route.

A more expensive alternative takes the tunnel route underneath Bayfront Park to avoid issues with construction near existing buildings. It would be a lengthier tunnel, costing $1.4 to $1.7 billion.

The TPO recently voted to add the tunnel to the 2040 long-range plan as an unfunded project, and to urge FDOT to fund a PD&E study needed to advance.

 

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Oscar
Oscar

Look, I appreciate the need to relieve traffic in the urban core but at $1.7 billion, that’s more than half the estimated cost of the entire SMART Plan ($3b). So you tell me, what’s a better use of funds for traffic alleviation, a couple mile long tunnel that allows drivers to bypass a single drawbridge or [half] a project that can add 90 miles of mass transit to every corner of the County?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Smart Plan ALLLLL Day!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

So in your opinion we should do nothing about the congestion between Downtown and Brickell? The SMART plan is extremely important but so is this tunnel.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Make Brickell Avenue one way all lanes north across the bridge, from 8th Street. Make South Miami Avenue one way all lanes south across the bridge, up to 8th Street. Re-route downtown side of river southbound traffic through parking lot walkway/side road between Hyatt/James L. Knight Center and Miami Tower down to S. Miami Ave. bridge. Then negotiate better bridge opening/closing schedule with USCG and insist on enforcement of that schedule. Save billions with with immediate results and limited construction.

MIAMI
MIAMI

NOT WORTH IT!!!.

anonymous
anonymous

Why do I get the feeling they will put more focus on the ” no-build alternative ” lol .

marc
marc

1.1 to 1.7 Billion should give you that feeling.

Anonymous
Anonymous

WASTE OF MONEY.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s government for you

Anonymous
Anonymous

wow they just started the research into this and finished the assessment in total quicker than bay link which took over a decade….and they haven’t started building bay link

LongMIA
LongMIA

Even if this project were to break ground today, traffic will no longer be an issue by the time of its delivery. Great idea, 25-30 years ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Couldn’t they just make a taller bridge cheaper?

Anonymous
Anonymous

corrupt officials can’t get more money if it’s cheap

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re right. I don’t live in Brickell, so why should I get taxed more to pay for something that won’t benefit me?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m OK with this along as they charge a toll, say $10 per trip to pay for this colossal waste of money.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If we can’t even get more rail built there’s no way this county/city is gonna build a tunnel for that price

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Boring Company can do this at a fraction of the cost and length of time.

Anonymous
Anonymous

For those who never heard of The Boring Company (Elon Musk) like me, here’s a link: https://www.boringcompany.com/ I like the idea of smaller tunnels (14′ diameter) to reduce costs but wonder if anything is being done to make the boring machines Musk is talking about. Unfortunately, I suspect the machines won’t make the scene until about the time FDOT is ready to dig our tunnel– when something is needed yesterday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get Elons wang out of your mouth—this idea is moronic—why would anybody pay for what is essentially a metro for cara, when you can just build an actual metro! This isnt a traffic solution, this just creating new traffic issues

Anonymous
Anonymous

How doe’s a tunnel which doesn’t even have to be a mile long cost 1.7 billion?

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

Brickell sucks. No need to throw any more money in to that pit. Get out of that hole and move to Downtown, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater or Sobe to escape from traffic and high prices of everything.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You left out Hialeah and Medley.

wait
wait

Hilarious!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This study looks more like a hoax. It leads me to believe either the huge tag is because they simply don’t wanna do the bridge and they need justification or they are simply blowing this tunnel out of proportion so it is super expensive and have more budget to steal from.
If the idea is to cross from one side of the river to the other, why are they proposing such a long tunnel. They could just do it in a straight line and change traffic direction in SE 2nd Ave; i am sure it would be cheaper and shorter.
For the people that don’t live in Downtown I understand they don’t find it necessary as I don’t find necessary to keep doing work on 836 and 826 but we all want progress and we all want our city to improve and grow in the best possible direction. Our Downtown will simply get stocked not only literally from the traffic point of view, but it will also not grow if we don’t fix the main problem we have in Downtown.

wait
wait

My exact thoughts.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Feels a bit high

Anonymous
Anonymous

Spend 1.1 bln and keep the damn bridge is quite stupid.

Jack
Jack

tram line from brickell to miami design district

Marc305
Marc305

Glad to see they are at least doing research on this project. This tunnel, in addition to the SMART Plan, has to happen. Brickell has doubled its density just in the last 10 years and it will continue to do grow for the foreseeable feature. The Port Tunnel was also very expensive but definitely worth it, in the long term so will this one.

Anonymous
Anonymous

yeah I agree I am glad that at least there is some study going on while we can debate the merits of the plan the more of these studies that are done the clearer the picture gets even if you choose not to implement a plan. otherwise people can just dream up ideas but putting it to paper makes it somewhat real and we can move on to other solutions more quickly

aceraroja
aceraroja

Idiotic, compared to the price of trains as someone else pointed out here. A better alternative, and this is as someone who lives on the downtown side right on the river, is to discourage through traffic in downtown and Brickell. If you remove the inviting multi-lane asphalt speedways and turn them back into two-way neighborhood streets, downtown and Brickell would gain some charm and lose lots of honking, idling assholes. Make GPS companies remove going through Biscayne and Brickell as a through route from north and east, first of all — route them through 95. Then narrow the streets and pedestrianize others. Get these cars out of our city center like every civilized city does to great success. And use this money to connect us all with Metrorail ffs.

Anonymous
Anonymous

$1.3 billion in today’s or 2040’s money?

Anonymous
Anonymous

In my opinion there is not enough traffic using that street to justify a tunnel. Just to expensive and doesn’t make as much sense as the port of Miami tunnel. Why can’t we just build a damn bridge tall enough for these boats to go under? It’s a narrow river for God sake! You don’t need a tunnel just a bridge that will clear the boats using the river.

Marc305
Marc305

Not enough traffic? The traffic is horrible through out the day and even at night. Do you live or work in this area? Why do you think the City would be doing a study if there wasn’t enough traffic. And no, you cannot build a bridge tall enough that would give enough space for the huge boats that use the Miami River to go through. The ramps would have to go back at least 3 blocks in each direction, if not more, a tunnel is the only answer.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No!!!!!
Transit is the only answer. If you live and work in the Downtown or Brickell areas, you have no business driving. Downtown has more than enough transportation alternatives.

Anonymous
Anonymous

PLEASE DO SOMETHING SOMETHING I SAY