University Metrorail station pedestrian overpass bridge officially opens
The Department of Transportation and Public Works today held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the pedestrian overpass bridge at the University Metrorail station.
“I am pleased we could deliver this important project for our residents, students and business owners. The pedestrian overpass at the University Station is a great example of the type of infrastructure that contributes to safer and more walkable communities,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
The pedestrian overpass bridge provides a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists who wish to cross the heavily traveled U.S. 1, between the University Metrorail station and Mariposa Court in Coral Gables. The overpass bridge can be accessed through elevators and stairs on both ends of the bridge, which spans almost 125 feet over U.S. 1.
“We hope the safe passage provided by the pedestrian overpass will encourage more people to take transit to the businesses near our University Metrorail station, or events at the University of Miami,” said DTPW Director Alice N. Bravo, P.E.
The architectural character of the overpass bridge is quite unique. The elevator towers are majestic masses clad in local fossilized limestone, reflective of the historic houses in the adjacent Coral Gables neighborhoods. And the steel truss is covered in a series of perforated metal fins that create a flowing wave form, emblematic of the more contemporary architecture styles found at the University of Miami.
Funding for the project of approximately $6 million comes from the Federal Transit Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the County’s transportation surtax funds.
To plan a trip on transit, download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app.
Also available is the EASY Pay app, which allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket. Visit EASY Pay page for more information. Transit riders now can also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.