MIAMI’s FLAGLER STREET WILL BE CURBLESS + PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLYOctober 8, 2019
“With a safer and more attractive environment and with wider sidewalks and more shade, the enhancements to Downtown Miami’s historic main street will bring increased vitality to our current retailers and restaurants,” said commissioner Ken Russell.
The City of Miami has scheduled a date to begin construction on a pedestrian-friendly rebuild of Flagler Street.
Work will begin in Spring 2020 starting at Biscayne Boulevard, and then moving westward to Southwest 1st Avenue.
Once completed, Flagler Street will become more inviting to pedestrians. New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology. There will be patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.
Pedestrians and cars will be at the same level in the new design, and bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to automobile traffic. Some parking will be removed in favor of seating areas for restaurants.
The street will become a “festival-style boulevard,” taking back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.
Tourism in downtown Miami has nearly doubled since 2010 to 6 million visitors, according to the Downtown Development Authority. The population of residents and office workers has also been soaring.