Plans for a new pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1 have taken a giant step forward.
The South Miami City Commission has picked its preferred design for the project. The bridge will create a walkable crossing over U.S. 1 at SW 71st street, thus increasing access to SoMi's downtown businesses. The chosen design creates an iconic, signature placemaking piece of architecture for the city. Like other iconic structures in various cities, the bridge will have the ability to shift color schemes to reflect upcoming events or holidays.
This project is the latest effort by the city to improve placemaking and create a SoMi public identity. Previous efforts include the creation of the new city logo, the construction of the new entrance monument on U.S. 1 and SW 65th avenue, and upcoming welcome signs at key gateways to the city.
The city is working to use grant money and other outside funding sources instead of taxpayer dollars for the bridge.