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Stunning renderings of downtown Miami’s new bridge

The $802 million redesign of  I-395, SR 836 and I-95 in downtown Miami will be a major headache for drivers, but renderings show just how stunning the end result will be.

The arched bridge will be Miami’s signature feature as its soars over the downtown area. The larger context is it is part of a multidecade transformation of the downtown area. Consider in the last few decades that Adrienne Arsht Center for the Peforming Arts, the Frost Science Museum and the Pérez Art Museum Miami have all been constructed along Biscayne Boulevard. Bicentennial Park has been transformed from a derelict piece of land into beautiful Museum Park. A row of condos has been built along Biscayne Boulevard, featuring world-class architecture.

Interstate 395, though, was a remnant of the past. Not only is it functionally challenged for motorists, but it sliced through parts of Overtown. The new project will help ease the flow of traffic and help heal the destruction of a community with an array of public spaces and new pedestrian connectivity.

The project has already started with survey work and some test pilings. Lane closures have already begun, typically at night. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.

Check out the map below, a gallery of the project and a description of the highway reconstruction.

Overview of the project
The project starts with the double-decking of State Road 836. I-95 will be overhauled. A new signature bridge will be created for I-395.

 

 

Here’s a breakdown of road work:

I-395

This 1.4-mile part of the project will reconstruct I-395 and include the new 1,025-foot signature bridge, which will have six arches and run from Northeast Second Avenue to Biscayne Boulevard. There will be three through lanes in each direction. The existing I-395 eastbound off-ramps at NE 2 Avenue will be moved west to North Miami Avenue, and the westbound on-ramps at NE 1 Avenue will be shifted to the west of North Miami Avenue. Northwest Second Avenue will also be reconnected under I-395.

I-95

The pavement in both directions of I-95 will be replaced from NW Eighth Street to NW 29 Street. A new auxiliary lane along northbound I-95 will receive eastbound traffic from SR 836. There will be a new connector ramp from southbound I-95 to westbound SR 836.

State Road 836

SR 836 will be double decked beginning just east of the toll gantry at NW 17 Avenue, rising over the center of SR 836, and touching down at I-395, east of the I-95 interchange. The double-decked section will provide drivers with a direct connection to the MacArthur Causeway without local entry and exit traffic.

The existing SR 836 roadway and bridges will serve as a collector distributor system that allows drivers to enter and exit from the existing local roads and I-95. This collector distributor system will reduce the existing weaving movements resulting in enhanced safety and better traffic operations on SR 836. The eastbound SR 836 ramp to northbound I-95 will be widened to include an additional lane to reduce congestion.

 

 

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.