MDX and FDOT Finish “Insanely Complex,” Half a Billion Dollar SR 836/Palmetto Expressway Interchange

Miami Herald reports on the “insanely complex, seemingly endless reconstruction of the State Road 836/Palmetto Expressway interchange. Some skepticism is understandable, but it’s here in a news release: The Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, who collaborated on the sprawling project, said on [October 3] that it’s officially complete, as of Sept. 27.” The report adds, “The project was pretty much on budget, but it took longer than the five years initially estimated. Most of the delay was weather-related, said FDOT spokesman Oscar Gonzalez.” The $563 million undertaking “required re-routing a major canal and included construction of 45 separate bridges, bringing the interchange from a mere two levels to five dizzying, splaying levels of ramps, connectors and exits.”