It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Brightline, the new express inter-city train service that will initially connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with future service to Orlando, Florida. Last week, the first train, named BrightBlue because of its blue markings on its four coaches, was unveiled to the media (four…
MiamiCentral Crosses 6th Street
January 27, 2017
Construction on MiamiCentral, the 11-acre, transit-oriented mixed-use development spanning over six city blocks in the heart of downtown Miami and also the home of Brightline, is moving along. In the last week, the construction team reached yet another milestone when they set two large steel girders high above 6th Street and have set four of the FIBs (Florida I-Beams) that also span 6th Street.
“Spanning 6th Street is an important milestone for us because it links the track and building elements together that are necessary to support the start of rail operations,” said Eric Claussen, Brightline’s senior vice president of construction.
The 6th Street bridge should be complete by the end of March.
Also at MiamiCentral, the steel canopy above the train platform is being constructed.
And four escalators have arrived on-site.
In addition, the last East V column has been installed. There are a total of 29 major V columns that are being installed, each of these are 70 feet tall. The steel for each one weighs 8,000 pounds. Once all the steel V Columns are constructed, they will be encased in concrete panels. Gate Precast of Kissimmee, Florida, has formed approximately 600 V-shaped precast concrete panels for the V Columns.
MiamiCentral encompasses nearly three million square feet and includes two sites: a nine-acre development in downtown Miami just east of the Miami-Dade County Hall, and a two-acre site in Historic Overtown. MiamiCentral includes mixed-use development with retail, offices, residences and the Brightline train service, while serving as a connector between Brightline’s passengers and Miami’s existing public transport systems such as Metrorail and Metromover.
On To The Next Stop...
First Signature V Columns Assembled Brightline began 2017 with a major construction milestone at MiamiCentral, installing its first five signature V Columns along the East elevation. Constructed of steel and to be encased by precast concrete, these five V Columns are the first of 29 that will be installed, each reaching a staggering 70 feet…