City breaks ground on first Miami Forever Bond project - $400 M Fairview Project
In lieu of the traditional shovel groundbreaking, Miami City Commission chair Ken Russell, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami city manager Emilio T. Gonzalez (pictured l-r) perform the ceremonial water toss to mark the start of the first Miami Forever Bond project tackling flooding and sea-level rise. (Photo by City of Miami Office of Communications)
The Fairview Flood Mitigation project — with its focus on reducing flooding in a bayfront neighborhood — is a fitting start to the $400 million Miami Forever Bond program that voters approved in November 2017. Miami Forever aims to make Miami the most resilient city in the world through innovative infrastructure investments and is being led by the City’s Office of Capital Improvements.
“This is an exciting day for our community and sets us on a clear path to building a more resilient city,” Mayor Suarez said. “Our goal with the Fairview project — and the many Miami Forever Bond projects that will follow it in the years ahead — is to ensure Miami remains the beautiful, livable city it is today for generations to come. In the process, we will set an example for coastal communities around the world of how to adapt to a changing climate.”
Located in the city’s low-lying Fair Isle neighborhood, which experiences regular flooding, the Fairview Flood Mitigation project will tackle the local impacts of sea-level rise head-on. Phase I of the project consists of the construction of a centralized and interconnected drainage collection system, raising existing roadways in the neighborhood, and constructing new driveway approaches and concrete curbs. Phase II will include construction of a stormwater pump station, drainage wells and design of a force main outfall to replace the existing gravity outfall. The pump station will include a backup generator to power it in the event of an electrical outage.
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