What Exactly Is Miami Getting With The $800M Signature Bridge? A Breakdown

With FDOT now given the green light to move forward with the Signature Bridge project, here is a look at what exactly is being done.

In total, $802 million is being spent – but not all on the bridge itself. The breakdown is:

  • I-395 Reconstruction (FDOT) – $556 million
  • SR 836 Improvements (MDX) – $186 million
  • SR 836 Westbound Connector (FDOT) – $35 million
  • I-95 Pavement Reconstruction (FDOT) – $25 million

At the ground level, a 55-acre park known as Heritage Trail will be created. The highway span will be elevated from its current 19 feet to 63 feet at NW 3rd Avenue, allowing more sun to shine down.

Traffic flow on the highways, including on the Dolphin Expressway, will be significantly improved with a complete rebuild adding more capacity and better ramps. Highlights include a viaduct that will allow eastbound drivers on the 836 to bypass the Midtown Interchange altogether, while another lane will be added for those connecting to northbound I-95 – a problem area for decades. Confusing left-hand exits will be eliminated altogether.

While the benefits of burying the highway in an underground tunnel were widely recognized, it was deemed too expensive, disruptive, and risky. The cost would have ballooned by an additional $1.3 billion, bringing total cost to over $2 billion. It would also mean shutting major traffic arteries during construction and permanently eliminating Miami Beach’s evacuation route during storm lockdowns.

The second-ranked team had included MCM, a contractor involved in the FIU bridge disaster. With the bid challenge ended, FDOT is now free to conclude a contract with the top-ranked team and begin work on a project that has been years in the making.

 

Further reading:

US DOT project site

FDOT project site

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Anonymous

So much more than ‘just a bridge’. It will become an icon and create a great impression on those arriving from the port on cruise ships.

Anonymous

Indeed. I agree.

ILoveMiami

Ditto.

William

The i95n to 836 westbound connector is huge.

The 836 east to i95 north connector should be a part of this. That alone would save millions a year in car and truck delays. TNM.. are you confident that it’s not included??

Market Urbanist

“Highlights include a viaduct that will allow eastbound drivers on the 836 to bypass the Midtown Interchange altogether, while another lane will be added for those connecting to northbound I-95 – a problem area for decades. Confusing left-hand exits will be eliminated altogether.”

Anonymous

Reading is fundamental

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Right? It’s literally right there in the paragraph clear as day people!!!

Andrewn2

They are doing an east bound to I-95 connector. I have read about it several times on the MDX site. It will be on the right side of the highway eliminating the need for those entering the highway at 12th to have to cross over to the left.

suomynona

LOL no it won’t.

Anonymous

So hundreds of millions of dollars available to build a new highway viaduct over existing 836 but no money to build a few short miles of Metromover or rail. SMH.

Orl

No public transport option in this equation. Hope Miami Beach builds HUGE parking decks for all the visitors this new highway will allow. Miami Beach keeps discouraging drivers on their strip of land and DOT is now building them a elevated roadway to encourage more and more vehicles on the roads.

Anonymous

Beautiful park underneath.. creates green space and connects the Omni, A&E district with Park West, MiamiWorld Center and downtown.

Anonymous

“The highway span will be elevated from its current 19 feet to 63 feet at NW 3rd Avenue, allowing more sun to shine down.”

– Although I still feel a tunnel between Downtown and Brickell should have been built first. The fact that this bridge will be elevated to 63 feet makes a difference. The current height of 19 feet is just too low and makes the overpass aesthetically dreary. Let’s hope the park will also be nice and have shaded areas and that it will be used by residents and not only by vagrants… Hey! One can hope 🙂

Anonymous

No one wants to hang out under a massive horribly noisy expressway whether it’s 19 feet or 63 feet in the air. Look at I-95 on the south side of Miami River. It is far higher than 63 ft. The land is worthless and no one goes there. They tried to put in basketball courts which some people use but it’s all still a dead space.

Anonymous

Those Basketball courts are always busy at night, and Jose Marti Community center is active.
Much better to have space under 836 than the current mounds of dirt.

Anonymous

You obviously don’t frequent the park, pool or fitness center there.

Anonymous

About time.. Let’s get it done.

Anonymous

World class cities around the world are tearing down highways to re-connect cities.

Miami is widening and building more and more.

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These 2 neighborhoods aren’t exactly depressed. I think this will only added to the connectivity. Calm down.

Anonymous

Miami isn’t a city

Anonymous

And you are a jackass.

Anonymous

A lot of necessary improvements to highways: I-395, SR 836, I-95 Concrete, Signature Bridge, plus + 55 acre park underneath I-395.

Anonymous

The heritage park will help transform downtown Miami into pedestrian friendly area it deserves to be – great breakdown by TNM thank you this information helps everyone understand the importance and transformational power of this project much more clearly!!

Anonymous

True. What took so long??

Anonymous

Nobody will use it
Just like nobody uses Bayfront Park
And bobody ever used Bicentennial Park

Anonymous

So instead of tearing down highways we’re going to get a much bigger and expanded highway (albeit elevated) through downtown.

Anonymous

Why would be tearing down highways? How would people get in and out of downtown? On Jetpacks?

Anonymous

Thank you TNM Staff.
Now 25% of the mouth breathers who “didnt get it” will now get it.

Anonymous

Construction start date?

Anonymous

Bad things happen when you don’t fix bridges and roads.

Anonymous

Great article to show where the improvements are going!Hopefully all can quit calling it the “$802M Bridge”. Only drawback is that this is a major reconstruction to the interchange and even worse, massive traffic headaches ahead. But the clock is ticking, lets get this project going.

Anonymous

Let’s get ready for 20 years of construction nightmares and traffic hell….
Like the 20 years of 836 west bound and 826 interception

suomynona

They are STILL implementing and constructing the express lanes on 95! And that’s a minor project compared to this one.

Anonymous

The bridge will soon be featured in the horror flick “The Spider That Ate Miami”

Anonymous

Funding Sources:

State funds (state motor fuels tax, vehicle license fee, documentary stamp collections, etc.) – $626 million

MDX funds (toll revenue bond proceeds) – $186 million

Anonymous

A billion dollar boondoggle. IT IS A LAND-BRIDGE I’m a waterfront city. Am I the only one that finds this to a huge waste? So sad. Congratulations Miami on the approval of your “Big Dig”…I look forward to the comedy (and tragedy) of errors to come.

Andrewn2

Imagine the views of the bay as you cross over it going east!

Anonymous

No, you arent the only one.
Just like the people that whined, bitched, and moaned about the Port Tunnel…
“Eeeeewwww…. it’s a waste of money…..eeeewww…. it’s just going to leak…..eeeewwww Miami is stupid”.
Engineers, men of action, and other producers always have to carry the weight of those comments from whiners.
Then, great things get done.
Rather than appreciate the work of the thoughtful few, the whiners just move on to whine and complain about something else.

Anonymous

Well said! Now if we can only get these great men to start working on the Brickell Tunnel.

Anonymous

TOO MUCH VISUAL CLUTTER! Imagine this thing will sit yards away from both the Arsht Center, Frost Museum and nearby condo towers. There’s already plenty of architecture there. If the intent was to clear the area of the obtrusive I-395, this will do the same and then some. This is a case for Less is More!

anonymous

I hope they build ths bridge… LOVE IT!

Anonymous

In the breakdown is not posted the amount of millions politicians are going to pocket

Anonymous

Our city should use the money to improve public transportation, extend the metrorails, and build better bike Lanes. This another way for miami to “peacock”. I think we are still making the Bayside observation tower…. Sigh.

Anonymous

Some assholes are going to graffiti on the bases of those arches unless landscaping is around them. We need a lot more landscaping anyway.

Anonymous

I thought the same thing!

Anonymous

More money to the company that designed it? The owner is the husband of Alice Bravo , she is the director of the Miami dade transit department. — huge story here

Flymia

Honestly, for 1.3 billion more, they should put it underground. Wait another 5-10 years, save another $500 million and finance the rest and put it underground.

Putting this underground would be an actual huge improvement.

This is just a makeover.

Anonymous

Let’s see…Brickell tunnel to the south And arch bridge to the north…captive downtown for years.

Anonymous

I used to joke that as soon as they are finished rebuilding the highways they start over again – but it’s not a joke. Has 836 never not been under construction? One big project after another.

This project will be such a headache for those going to/from South Beach.

Anonymous

There is more that one option.. take the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Anonymous

or Venitian

Anonymous

“What Exactly Is Miami Getting With The $800M Signature Bridge?” ….That one’s easy : RIPPED OFF

Miami Hurricane

The state is paying for it

Anonymous

Auto/Gas tax and Tolls paying for it.

Anonymous

No kidding Einstein’s…..and who do you think is paying those State taxes in part and for those auto/gas, tolls etc ?? – Miami residents in part THAT’S WHO… Those funds would be better used to build something this city REALLY needs like say public transport and roadway improvements, the Baywalk or Downtown/Aventura train project NOT some stupid “pretty” signature bridge that will help improve cosmetics on an already existing stretch of bridge !

Anonymous

Try reading.