Work Underway On $802M Signature Bridge, Double-Deck Highway

The clock is about to start ticking for the contractor working on the $802 million Signature Bridge project, which also includes double decking a portion of the 836 highway.

According to Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Oscar Gonzalez, the clock begins ticking on October 29. Under the terms of a design-build contract, the contractor has 4 years to complete the project, excluding holidays, weather, special events, and any unforeseen circumstances.

Lane closures were already underway as of last week to allow for surveys and soil boring, as the contractor gathers information to finalize the bridge foundation design.

Over the next six months, the contractor expects to complete the following tasks:

  • Utility relocation
  • Surveying and Geotechnical Exploration-Test piles
  • Continue to develop roadway and bridge plans
  • Construction along I-95 in the median and begin concrete replacement
  • Widening SR 836 in preparation for double-decking
  • Construction of the I-395 bridge foundations

The Design Build Team will also be working on design plan submittals and developing a construction schedule during this time.

Completion is expected in Fall of 2023, Gonzalez said.

 

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Anonymous

What a monstrosity. Adding more lanes doesn’t reduce traffic. Taking people our of their cars and into MASS TRANSIT does

Anonymous

Well haven’t you heard, people love being stuck in traffic.. especially if there’s an accident!

Your tax dollars in action.

Anonymous

Name a city that has reduced traffic due to mass transit.

Anonymous

Seattle. One of the fastest growing cities in America, yet traffic has not increased.

Anonymous

I find that very hard to believe.

Anonymous

I lived in Seattle from 1988 thru 1994 ….. last year I revisited this innovative city and the traffic had become on par with that of Miami. With that being said, they have a long-term vision for mass transit that is out of this world!

VoteYesOn3

Mass transit’s job isn’t to reduce traffic… it’s to increase the ability to move efficiently the inevitable INCREASE in traffic that all the other construction in a city causes. And it has the added benefit of increasing the quality of life for many in a city by reducing the traffic many people need to suffer.

Roads do neither of those things. Both usually cause increases in traffic… one just brings more misery with it than the other.

Anonymous

the truth is miamis infrastructure is not the problem at all…it is the horrible skill level of majority of drivers that use this system…

Anonymous

Literally every city that implemented mass transit..?

Anonymous

I rode mass transit today. There are significant number of people who dont shower. Many who probably have diseases that I do not want.
You take public transportation all you want…I will prefer my car, and take public transportation to remind my why I studied hard in school and work hard today.

Anonymous

very true and well said

Anonymous

If you want to reduce traffic you should start deporting the hundred of thousands of illegals in south florida.

Anonymous

Trump reads this page!? I didn’t know that.

Anonymous

Beautiful bridge and architecture for downtown Miami.. love the new park space.

Anonymous

So good. In 5 years this will be heart of Miami.

Anonymous

What do you mean by that? Why the highway bridge would have an effect on that? I think the only neighborhood will 10x in 5 years is Brickell and Brickell River, the rest will grow but not as much as Brickell. What do you guys think about this? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Anonymous

Park West will overshadow Brickell in less than 5 years. This will be the best area of Miami and I love it already.

Anonymous

Finally! From their lips to God’s ears. Make it happen.

Anonymous

They have several similar bridges in Dallas and they look really good.

Anonymous

The Dallas bridges go over WATER not land and were designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava NOT FDOT!

Anonymous

Im almost positive FDOT did not design this…..

Anonymous

Biggest most wasteful boondoggle in Miami history. Progressive cities around the country are tearing down elevated highways but Miami is building a double decker one through the heart of downtown. That “park” underneath will have the highest concentration of homeless people in the country. Truly epic planning and transportation failure! #failedcityMiami

Anonymous

Miami is at sea level, underground would be much more expensive, second we have year around good weather and blue skies why be underground. What are the other progressive cities you say they are going underground ?

Anonymous

no-one but you said underground

Anonymous

I said tearing down elevated highways, Here’s a list of such projects from Wikipedia. But you can build underground like the Port tunnel which cost about $400 million, half of this absurd project.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeway_removal

Anonymous

Homeless heaven!

Anonymous

Lol , I hope it won’t 🙂

Fire Alice Bravo

Hopefully traffic will become so bad during construction more people will take public transit and demand service improvements.

Anonymous

Walk, and stop complaining.

Anonymous

It the let a private bidder build a raised highway as suggested above it would be done quickly and with minimal disruption.

Anonymous

That is a private builder building it, same with all projects disruptions will happen. no such thing as minimal keep dreaming

Anonymous

Public Transportation? I thought the bridge was going to be built in Miami?

Anonymous

There is a double Decker in Tampa. Works really well. Miami needs one from Golden Glades to downtown.

Anonymous

Lets see. A fountain underneath, and a bridge that’s supposed to be made in the image of a fountain above… yeah, that makes sense. But mass transit like an expansion of the Metromover to Miami Beach, only stupid folks like us would want something like that.

Anonymous

Smart folks want MetroRAIL to Miami Beach, or streetcar with ROW which also goes along Biscayne Boulevard.

Anonymous

No.. trust me, there is no need for something as big as the Metrorail for a connection to Miami Beach. Metromover is quieter and can get the job done much cheaper.

Anonymous

Umm, if anything, Baylink will be the most traveled route, so it needs the capacity Metromover doesn’t provide unless upgraded to proper trains and undoubtedly the introduction of fares.

Anonymous

I think the introduction of fares would only be fair (no put intended) if the Metromover gets extended.

Anonymous

We already pay a 1% tax on EVERYTHING we buy to pay for metromover and you want me to pay another TAX on top of the TAX I already pay to the county to ride a half assed “train” to MB. No thanks, it will fail if they start charging to use the metromover, and im an avid Transit proponent. People need to understand that fees, fares, tickets, parking fares are all taxes and you are being charged for something you essentially already paid for. Cities need to stop nickel and diming people left and right cause of their misspending on general budget items. I.e. 300K for FAKE grass in brickell. Get out of here with that BS. those 300K could have been used to increase bike lanes.

Anonymous

“it will fail if they start charging to use the metromover”

What, you think the Metromover will go on being free forever? You think Trolleys will go on being free forever? You think increased “bike lanes” is supposed to be some kind of safe panacea for getting around in a city that has a lot of hispanic immigrants driving cars for the first time in their lives like in Miami? I hope you don’t think Baylink would be a free system to ride. And how do you know that Metromover will fail if they start charging people to ride it when the biggest beneficiaries of it right now live in Brickell?

Anonymous

If they start charging then they would need to repeal the 1/2 penny tax that specifically pays for the metro mover.

Anonymous

Stop talking as if everyday hundreds of people every ten minutes will try to jam onto a metromover train to go to an fro to Miami and Miami Beach. Metromover is already up and running and all the county has to do is add to it. Metromover can to the same function as a proposed Baylink for a much cheaper price.

Anonymous

“Stop talking as if everyday hundreds of people every ten minutes will try to jam onto a metromover train to go to an fro to Miami and Miami Beach.”

I don’t remember being quantitative about it. Considering the demand for the route, it will see far more ridership than something proposed like extending Metrorail into unwalkable, semi-rural areas like Homestead which the idiotic “SMART” plan proposes.

“Metromover is already up and running and all the county has to do is add to it. Metromover can to the same function as a proposed Baylink for a much cheaper price.”
So is Metrorail, and it’ll help pay for itself. You have to lay down new tracks or guideway, regardless of the system, so that’s irrelevant anyway.

Anonymous

“So is Metrorail, and it’ll help pay for itself. You have to lay down new tracks or guideway, regardless of the system, so that’s irrelevant anyway.”

Are you kidding? Check out the cost of one(1) Metrorail car compared to two(2) Metromover cars and get back to us with the info. And if you think that building the support system that Metrorail train cars run on is the same support system for Metromover tram cars, then all I can say is, you are certainly smoking the “good stuff.”

Anonymous

“Are you kidding? Check out the cost of one(1) Metrorail car compared to two(2) Metromover cars and get back to us with the info. And if you think that building the support system that Metrorail train cars run on is the same support system for Metromover tram cars, then all I can say is, you are certainly smoking the “good stuff.””

The Metromover rolling stock would have to be upgraded in the first place anyway, as would the support center shoved on a block in the CBD. We’re about the replace the entire Metrorail rolling stock, so I fail to see why we can’t use some of the existing trains in the meantime. They’re better than tin can buses with few seats. FYI, they’e not “tram” cars, but I would support a tram over existing ones.

Anonymous

Why? Because tourist who pay $380 a night for a hotel and $16 for a Gin & Tonic want to ride a train with stinky people?
There are 100 buses that can move people to Miami Beach. Dont try to waste other people’s money on something so frivilous.

Anonymous

Um yeah, and you should be asking those tourist what the “F” are they doing paying $380 a night for a hotel and $16 for a Gin & Tonic but have to catch a train or bus to get around? And you think buses drive around for free? Do you know how much the county spends every year to operate and maintain these buses? And don’t get me started on the ticking clock that scientist are warning us we have left to reduce carbon pollution before it’s too late to do anything about global warming.

Please, stop wasting your time spouting nonsensical drivel.

Anonymous

Excellent public spaces.. massive project.

Anonymous

Miami winning!!

Anonymous

“Bigly!”

Anonymous

“Better than any city in the world”

Anonymous

You don’t travel much, do you?

Anonymous

This will be stunning once complete, but until then i fear itll be a total nightmare full of “unforeseen circumstances” looking at many other much smaller projects *cough* flagler *cough*

Anonymous

I live in DC now but I’m from Dade. I can see why they’re doing the double decker but that bridge to me is a waste of money. That money should go to commuter rail and I would expand metromover because it’s cheaper. In DC we have 110 miles of subway (Metrorail) here over 750,000 ppl ride everyday. But the rail here goes to where ppl live and they build apts and condos around and near the stations. When I come to dade I’m like what traffic? Because traffic is 10 times as bad here and we have much better public transportation. I would expand the metromover but use 4 car trains but limit it to the city only. It must be in higher density areas for it to work. I would try and use commuter rail “tri rail or brighline” for other areas of the county. And I know this sounds terrible but make parking in the downtown areas so expensive that ppl would rather take metrorail or metromover downtown. Whenever I have to go to downtown DC I take the subway instead of driving. The End.

Anonymous

People die when old bridges and overhead highways fail.

Anonymous

The End.

Anonymous

And sometimes even when brand new bridges fail… but only in Dade county apparently.

Anonymous

Failed City. We can get a bridge over land and a double decked highway yet no additional rail public transit.

Anonymous

The city has no choice how the money is spent. It is coming directly from the FDOT and that is how they designated the money to be spent.

Anonymous

Not only that but $ spent on rail is $ lost. Too much land devoted to parking. City is not built for mass transit

Anonymous

Yes, because engineers and not urban planners are planning our city and mobility options!

Paul

This bridge was reaching end of life so FDOT was going to replace it anyway. They could have replaced it with a carbon copy of the old bridge for $300M but are instead making dramatic improvements to the wakability and bike friendliness of the area. In order for mass transit to work, you need walkable areas around transit hubs and there are several bus routes, the Metrorail, Metromover, Brightline, and soon the Tri-Rail all terminating at Miami’s main transit hub just a few blocks away.

Anonymous

But I95 will still be a mess.

Anonymous

These renderings include roughly 1,000 more people than will actually use this new park. Miamians who don’t take advantage of Bayfront Park and don’t take advantage of Museum Park are going to jump at the chance to hangout under a bridge? Well, maybe; but I can promise you those people will have a lot more abandoned shopping carts than these renderings show.

Anonymous

Itll serve the pedestrain flow between world center and the arts center not just a park to spent all day at…

Anonymous

What “pedestrian flow”?

Anonymous

What “world center”?

Anonymous

Guess you have clue, “ Miami world center” being built as I type!

Anonymous

The point was that it hasnt been built yet and we know its coming so there will be pedestrians in the area that arent there now. Build it and they will come theres obviously no pedestrian traffic there now its a total cesspool!

Anonymous

Vision is to see what is not currently there…

Anonymous

Ohhhh so they are doing the double decking thing again because it worked so well at the golden glades interchange. Whelp… I guess it is the safest part about that interchange

Anonymous

The drawings of the Areas under the bridge are nice and pretty!!
Of course…
Who goes to an open amphitheater
Under passing cars
94 Fahrenheit degrees
Mosquitos the size of elephants with zica virus
And in the intervención of the worse neighborhoods of Miami

?

Anonymous

Apparently a lot of people, the rest stay home whining in front of their computers…

Anonymous

Everyone except you.

Anonymous

I see the FDOT needs to grease the pockets of their contractor buddies since the 836 “expansion” is almost done. They were nice enough to give us that big interchange on 836/826 that did nothing to alleviate traffic but cost commuters hours of lost work time. They now need to move on to this

Miami Realist

This will be a new homeless shelter underneath this massive bridge. I can see them already laying down on the concrete bench. Very cool project for the tax payers.!

Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate

5 years ???!!!

Anonymous

I THOUGHT THE UPPER DECK WAS FOR A NEW TRAIN !! >.<

Anonymous

is the double deck section really only 2 lanes wide? lmao

suomynona

Not sure. But:

Vehicles traveling East-West through the I-95/I-395/836 interchange will take the top deck.

Vehicles that wish to get on I-95 will take the bottom deck and its redesigned interchange ramps.

suomynona

What is the point of showing ONE picture of the 836 overpass but TWELVE pictures of the 395 overpass?

It’s misleading to the readers.

Anonymous

Design build? So we don’t even know what the final product will look like?

Anonymous

Who is on the design team? Who are the architects?

Anonymous

A simple Google search would provide your answer. As it seems nobody likes to research things now a days, here is your answer: Florida DOT awarded the contract to the joint venture team which is comprised of Archer-Western and the de Moya Group. HDR is the JV’s engineer of record for the signature bridge, roadway and drainage design for the I-395 viaduct, and for 13 conventional bridges along the corridor.

Anonymous

Those are 2 different bridges…

Acere!

WASTE OF MONEY!

Anonymous

Who is on the design team? Who are the architects?