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AirportLink Metrorail Extension Project

2012

  • July - The Miami International Airport Metrorail station and the Orange Line service were inaugurated July 28, 2012.

  • February - The contractor is working on the final finishes of the attendant booths, elevators, escalators and signage structures. Light pole installation at the Plaza Level is ongoing as well as grading and compacting in preparation for the installation of the pavers at the Plaza Level. Installation of the glass bus canopy and the glass on the Connector Level vestibule is ongoing. The main canopy and the south canopy are now completed as well as the glass guardrails and granite installations at all levels of the station. Traction Power training of MDT personnel was completed as well as the Train Control Safe Braking test. Train Control testing continues for ITCH, ATPS and EHT.

    Communication Field Device testing has begun. The entire 2.4-mile guideway substructure is completed, including the westbound and eastbound tie-ins. The track work is 100% completed including the installation of the third rail and concrete rail pedestals. The contractor continues applying the Class V painting to the beams and columns on the guideway, installing sound walls and handrails. Traction Power Substations are energized.  The contractor is finalizing the roadway work on NW 41 Street and installation of landscape.  At the Earlington Heights Station, site lighting upgrades continue. Systems activities include finalization of wiring for Train Control equipment; installation of signals for traffic heading to the MIA Metrorail station; verification of telephones and emergency trip station (ETS); and verification of SCADA alarm from Earlington Heights to Central Control facility.
  • January - Installation of the glass bus canopy and the glass on the connector level vestibule is ongoing.  The contractor is working on the final finishes of the attendant booths, elevators, escalators and signage structures. Light pole installation at the Plaza level is ongoing as well as grading and compacting in preparation for the installation of the pavers at the Plaza level.  The main canopy and the south canopy are now completed as well as the glass guardrails and granite installations at all levels of the station. 

    The entire 2.4-mile guideway substructure is completed, including the westbound and eastbound tie-ins. The track work is 100% completed including the installation of the third rail and concrete rail pedestals.  The contractor continues applying Class V painting to the beams and columns on the guideway, installing sound walls and handrails. Traction Power Substations are energized and preliminary train testing is being performed on the guideway.  Safe braking train control testing has started. Communications equipment installation is 90% complete and some testing has started to verify connectivity between the field and Central Control.  The contractor is finalizing the roadway work on NW 41 Street and installation of landscape.
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2011

  • December  – The contractor continues to work on the completion of the glass bus canopy and installing the glass on the connector level vestibule.
    Installation of panels at the elevators, escalators and stairways is ongoing as well as the installation of panels on the attendant booths, and signage substructure. Light poles are being installed at the Plaza level and grading and compacting is underway in preparation for the installation of the pavers at the Plaza level. The main canopy and the south canopy are now completed as well as the glass guardrails at all levels of the station.

    The guideway work is almost complete. The entire 2.4-mile guideway substructure is completed, including the westbound and eastbound tie-ins. The track work is 100% completed including the installation of the third rail and concrete rail pedestal. The contractor continues applying the Class Five painting to the beams and columns on the guideway, installing sound walls and handrails. All the substations have been energized and testing is ongoing. Testing of Train Control components began for the Airport Traction Power Station and Intermediate Train control Room. Installation of Systems’ communication equipment is 90% complete.

    The contractor is finalizing the roadway work on NW 41 Street and installation of landscape

  • November - The work in the station is approaching completion.  The main canopy and the south canopy are now completed as well as the granite floor installation, the glass guardrails and the elevator's metal panels at all levels of the station.  The glass bus canopy is almost completed and the contractor is continuing installation of glass on the connector level vestibule and working on the final touches of the attendant booths, elevators and escalators.

    The installation of signage substructure and pavers at the plaza level is ongoing.  The guideway work is moving at full speed. The entire 2.4-mile guideway substructure is completed, including the westbound and eastbound tie-ins. The track work is 100% completed including the installation of the third rail and concrete rail pedestal.

    The contractor continues applying the Class Five painting to the beams and columns on the guideway, installing sound walls and handrails. All the substations have been energized and testing is going.  Testing of Train Control components began for the Airport Traction Power Station and installation of Systems' communication equipment is 85% complete. The contractor is finalizing the roadway work on NW 41 Street and NW 38 Court.

  • October - The guideway work is "on track". Installation of the third rail and concrete rail pedestal was completed 100% in September.  The contractor continues applying the Class Five painting to the beams and columns on the guideway, installing sound walls and handrails. Testing og operating equipment on Traction Power Stations (TPS) is ongoing.  Both TPS # 1 and # 2 are expected to be energized early in November 2011. Roadway construction is advancing. The contractor is working on the final touches of NW 41 Street and NW 38 Court. 
  • September - The work in the station is moving at a fast pace.  The south canopy and the bus canopy on the west side of the station have been completed as well as the cladding around the elevators at the plaza level.  The glass installation on the vestibule is ongoing, and the grading in preparation for the installation of the pavers at the plaza level has begun.  The contractor continues with the finishes of the station, including the attendant booths, escalators and elevators.

  • August - The station work is in progress with the installation of glass panels on the bus canopy area; tiles on the plaza level restroom; and granite tile throughout the station floor.  Glass installation on the vestibule continues, as well as the installation of panels and granite on the attendant booths. The escalators and elevators are well advanced.  Work continues on the stairway and the escalator connecting the new Metrorail station to the Miami Intermodal Center. The guideway work is in progress. Installation of the third rail and concrete contact rail pedestals were completed in August, between spans 14 and 43.  The last two rails for the emergency guard rail were installed and completed in August as well. Contractor began installation of sound walls and continues to paint columns and beams.  On Traction Power Stations (TPS) # 1 and # 2, the feeder cable pulling activity up to the guideway continues. TPS stations # 1 and # 2 will be energized by the end of September 2011. Testing of operating equipment fir the new Metrorail extension continues. 

 


 

  •  July - The constructed guideway continues to be painted and track work is still being done. Work progresses with the installation of metal framed skylights in the west concourse, as well as with the bus plaza canopy and the construction of the canopies over the stairway and escalator connecting the new Metrorail station to the Miami Intermodal Center. The completion of the south canopy is anticipated for the end of July 2011. The operating equipment for the new Metrorail extension continues to be tested.


  • June - Contractor continues with painting, deck and track work on the constructed guideway. The station work is in progress with the installation of the bus plaza canopy and the construction of the canopies over the stairway and escalator connecting the new Metrorail station to the Miami Intermodal Center. Testing of operating equipment for the new Metrorail extension continues.


  • May - Painting, deck and track work continues on the constructed guideway.  Advancement with the station is rapidly taking place with the installation of the "Sargassum" art glass commissioned by the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places department and preparation for finishes at the station. Testing of operating equipment for the new Metrorail extension has also begun.


  • April - The last guideway segments were installed this month. The contractor made preparations for painting the guideway and continues with work above the guideway structure, such as the installation of the tracks.  Construction of connection from the new Metrorail station to the MIC's rental car facility is also in progress. The installation of the canopy for the Bus Plaza at the station's ground level is also making headway.  Efforts for the construction of the eastbound track connection to existing tracks from Earlington Heights Metrorail station continue.
  • March - At 82% completion, the AirportLink remains on schedule and within budget. All major construction is expected to be completed by fall 2011 to make room for testing before the opening, scheduled in the spring 2012.  The most notable accomplishment this month was the completion of the construction of the crossing over the Miami River, which now connects the entire 2.4-mile Metrorail extension. Roof installation has begun on the Miami International Airport Metrorail Station for the bus arrival and departure area on the ground level.  In addition, work continues on the information booths being constructed throughout the station and track work is almost complete.
  • February - We are just over 75% complete with construction as most guideway crossings over major roadways have been completed.  Construction preparations have commenced for the upcoming crossing over the Miami River, which is the last segment and will connect the entire constructed Metrorail extension.  Although the structure has been constructed, work continues with deck and track work.  Additionally, the team has successfully constructed the connection to the existing westbound tracks from Earlington Heights Metrorail Station and commenced construction of the eastbound track connection.  For the new Miami International Metrorail Station, the roof for the south entrance has been installed and the attendant booths have been constructed.  The future location for "Sargassum" an integrated work of art glass commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, is nearing completion and the elevator walls have been constructed.
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2010

  • September – Progress is evident with the continued installation of roof panels over the station. Also, the guideway crossing over SR 112 (Airport Expressway) is Installation of the roof panels for the future Miami International Airport Metrorail station began this month. The crossing of the new AirportLink over westbound SR 112 (Airport Expressway) was commenced this month and the guideway over eastbound SR 112 was completed. Additionally, progress continues with the installation of tracks for the new guideway.
  • August – Installation of the roof panels for the future Miami International Airport Metrorail station began this month. The crossing of the new AirportLink over westbound SR 112 (Airport Expressway) was commenced this month and the guideway over eastbound SR 112 was completed. Additionally, progress continues with the installation of tracks for the new guideway.
  • June - AirportLink continues to take shape.  A total of 22 precast guideway sections were installed.  Additional progress was made with the construction and installation of guideway segments over the S.R. 112 eastbound.  Preparations for the installation of guideway segments over NW 25 Street are also underway which will connect the guideway to the future Miami International Airport Metrorail Station at the MIC.  Roadway improvements continue as well as mobilization of utilities for the AirportLink.
  • May - Drivers along S.R. 112 have first-class seats to view the progress of the AirportLink.  Construction of guideway over S.R. 112 commenced this month with the installation of guideway segments.  This work is being conducted at night during off-peak hours.  Another major highlight for this month is the completion of precast spans of guideway sections which were fabricated at a local facility outside of the construction area.  These continue to be delivered and installed throughout the project area. We also commenced the construction work to connect the new guideway to the existing tracks of Earlington Heights Station.   Additionally, at the Miami International Metrorail Station, work commenced to construct the guideway deck which will form the base for the tracks.  As part of the construction of the AirportLink, roadway improvements such as installation of new drainage structures and new traffic signalization are also underway.
  • April - Installation began on of most of the elevated guideway segments for the new Metrorail station. Construction of the deck support for the installed elevated guideway segments began. Construction preparations underway to connect the new guideway to the existing tracks of Earlington Heights station. This work is expected to be completed approximately by summer 2011.
  • March - Installation of new drainage structures 72 percent complete. Construction of foundations and installation of underground conduits for signalization 20 percent complete. Construction of foundations 95 percent complete. Guideway supporting columns 36 percent complete. Utility relocation continues. Metrorail track support U-beam fabrication 97 percent complete. Metrorail track support segment fabrication 12 percent complete. Erected guideway track support segments 12 percent complete. Construction of underground foundations for MIC Metrorail station 84 percent complete. Construction of supporting columns and walls for new station 50 percent complete. Design of new guideway operating system 95 percent complete.
  • February - Construction of elevated beams for intermediate level at MIC Metrorail station was completed.
  • January - Completion of right-of-way acquisition, site clearing and demolition, foundation work for the piers supporting the elevated guideway, and construction of power stations.
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2009

  • Year Summary - During the first year, areas were cleared and readied for construction activities. Removal of old drainage structures and installation of new ones also began for connecting roads.  Underground foundations for the guideway supporting columns were commenced.  Fabrication plants for precast guideway sections were assembled and production began immediately.  Additionally, a number of supporting columns were constructed.  This allowed MDT to close the year by installing the first set of precast guideway segments.
  • May - Miami-Dade Transit completed the preparation of construction documents and contractor selection process. The groundbreaking for construction took place on May 1, 2009.  The estimated construction duration is three years.
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2008

  • March - Florida AT&T relocation began along NW 41 St. from NW 22 Ct. to NW 24 Ave., from NW 36 St. to NW 28 St. and NW 33 Ave. to NW 37 Ave.
  • January - Final Design was completed. Florida City Gas began utility relocation along both the north and south sides of NW 41 St. from NW 22 Ct. to NW 32 Ave. Florida Power and Light (FPL) distribution relocation began.
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2007

  • December - A notice to proceed (NTP) was issued to FPL Transmission.
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2006

  • April - A Value Engineering (VE) Workshop was held. The United States Coast Guard issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and an Environmental Assessment (EA).
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2004

  • October - The decision was made to implement this project with 100% state and local funds.  Miami-Dade Transit has entered a Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) with FDOT that will fund up to $100 million of the project costs.  The balance of the project cost will be paid for by utilizing proceeds from the half-penny sales surtax.
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2003

  • September - The Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the AirportLink project was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and in March 2006, the revised LPA was approved by the MPO.
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