Video: $802M Signature Bridge Project, Where Construction Is Underway

FDOT has released a new video detailing plans for the $802 million Signature Bridge project, where construction is now underway.

Large cranes are now in place throughout the construction area.

The design-build contractor has four years to complete the project from October 29, 2018. Holidays, weather, special events, and any unforeseen circumstances are excluded, so completion is actually scheduled for five years, in fall of 2023.

As part of the project, a 55-acre public park underneath a newly elevated bridge will be created.

A double-deck highway is expected to relieve congestion on part of the 836 expressway, while the entire interchange will be untangled and rebuilt.

The Signature Bridge itself will become a Miami landmark for generations to come, FDOT says. At night, a lighting system will illuminate the spans.

(Photos: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous

Between this project, Miami world center, Brightline, Bayside and Skyrise this area is going to be hotter than the Miami heat!!!! Just imagine what the whole area will look like in 5 year when all these projects are done!! This area will definitely be my new hangout spot…

Anonymous

This bridge should have been underground 20′

Anonymous

Don’t worry it will soon be underwater 20′. Give it about 50 years.

Anonymous

Would be better without Skyrise…

Anonymous

Totally…

Anonymous

$802Million would have paid for a Metromover extension to the Beach.

Anonymous

Glad they made this video it was definitely informative and let’s us know how the money will be spent. Everybody kept bitching about an 8 million dollar bridge when in fact it included much more!

Anonymous

“8 million dollar bridge?”

Wow that’s cheap.

Anonymous

It’s $802Million!!!

Azarius

Glad to see they are moving fast on getting this done … even though I don’t think it’s really gone change much as for traffic

Anonymous

It’s just gonna look pretty

suomynona

I definitely think it will help with traffic, since they’re adding more lanes through the interchange. It would be a tremendous failure if it didn’t. But, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see to truly know fur sure.

Either way, there’s also that whole “induced demand” theory. Where, by expanding the highway, more people may want to drive on it, resulting in no significant improvement in traffic.

My primary complaint is the “signature” overpass. 1) I don’t find the spider fountain design attractive. 2) I don’t think anybody is going to give a damn about, or utilize, the below-overpass “public” space. 3) If this type of overpass is so vital, why are there ZERO discussions about doing a similar project for 195? Similar problems exist there to those with 395.

Anonymous

1) ok
2) of course they will. Just walk from the waterfront west towards I95. It is clear from that perspective that the mound of dirt blocks pedestrians from moving g North to South on the waterfront, or between the museums and the Performing Arts Center.
3) The winding and serpentine stretch of 395 is dangerous and deteriorating. It REQUIRED a $100 Million+ restoration anyway. Further, there are exit ramps on the left and on the right of 395….not so with I-195.

Anonymous

You know what helps traffic? Less cars and better public transportation. Not buses tho, not buses!

Anonymous

Coastal Link is the only non-bus line that could be implemented quickly, and that’s regional/commuter rail.

suomynona

WhyTF are people going to walk west from the Bay to 95 under the 395 overpass? Tourists and residents living in those downtown high rises are going to love walking under an overpass into the heart of Overtown.

“Winding” my butt lol. It’s one curve. It’s not a long enough stretch to be “winding” or “serpentine”. The new 395 isn’t going to be straight, either!

Do you think your exit ramp comment actually proves your point? Because it doesn’t.

Anonymous

Correct suomynona.. and you can bet once finished, they’ll put a metal fence around this so-called “new park” underneath I-395.

Anonymous

The area already looks better.

Anonymous

Good luck to anyone that lives in Marquis! That building is going to be shaking and hearing noises for the next 5 years as construction drags on!!

Anonymous

That’s “ultra karma”

Anonymous

Not true

Anonymous

As much as the government of Miami caters to the downtown residents. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made FDOT stop construction because of the noise!

Anonymous

try 50 years

Anonymous

I see someone Bought Brand new Machinery for the project!!

Anonymous

Correct Those cranes have never seen dirt

Anonymous

Well, since it took about 10 years to fix a 10 block section of Biscayne Blvd – I HIGHLY doubt this project will be finished in 50 years. Paaalease… and the “community” areas under the bridge? yeah… that’s for homeless people… what people in Miami are going to hang out under a bridge… oh Lawd.

suomynona

under an **overpass**

Anonymous

Hey they built the Palmetto Dolphin interchange in 4 years, they got a fair shot of doing this in 5.

Anonymous

what a complete waste of money.

Anonymous

The other WINNING design was better !

Anonymous

You mean the MCM bridge with dancing people? LOL, that was so Third World-tier.

Anonymous

Why not build a third level for bicyclists! And scooter boys!

Anonymous

and for the Metromover

Anonymous

The video looks like there are just two lanes each direction on the 836-McArthur express connect. Hope that’s enough.

Anonymous

Can’t wait to climb to the top of the arches and jump off with a parachute.

Anonymous

How much will they raise the toll prices to pay for this?

Chuck

Join the discussion. Type your comment here….ALL Freee, Only S.R.836 Westbound past the new N. W . 12th , Ave exit !!will pay by sunpass or toll by Plate !

Anonymous

The park is 33 acres not 55

Anonymous

I can’t understand with all this modern technology why would it take 4-5 years to build a few miles of road/bridge? If that’s the case how long did it take to build all the infrastructure in Florida? 150 years!?

Anonymous

It’s much more complicated when you are keeping the highways opens.

Anonymous

why aren’t they triple decking?1?

Anonymous

Let’s “high-rise decking”! 30-40-50 floors of lanes!

Anonymous

Just build a wall instead. Everybody just stay on your side of the wall.

Anonymous

Hey Trump, who’s gonna pay for it?

Anonymous

Mexico! LMAOOOOOO

Anonymous

Ft. Lauderdale

Anonymous

By the time this construction is complete, we’ll have flying cars! No more need for roads. Amazon will be delivering products and groceries with drones. Everyone will be working from home. It will be too hot to go outside. Miami Beach will be under water. And they’ll be rebooting the Game of Thrones series in 360 VR.

Anonymous

I for one am glad this wasn’t spent on public services, schools, or mass transit.

Anonymous

What.A.Waste!

Anonymous

No it’s not
It’s going to be beautiful, iconic and it will improve traffic in all directions.

Anonymous

Says who, FDOT?

Anonymous

Iconic? Yes, it’ll be like the Golden Gate Bridge

Anonymous

The video says on 3:50- the I-395 BRIDGE will be constructed at a higher elevation and with fewer support columns to allow for the construction of community spaces underneath.
FEWER SUPPORT COLUMNS… i don’t like the idea of that. Hopefully engineers can correct that and prevent a catastrophe, but over all LETS BUILT THE BRIDGE.!

Anonymous

BUILD

AndrewN2

It is eliminating support columns by using suspension cables. No reason to fear.

Anonymous

HOld me.