Water Flowing Under Tamiami Trail Bridges

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Water flowing through Shark River Slough under Tamiami Trail on December 9, 2020 – ©Underwaterville.com

It took thousand of workers and millions of dollars to complete the Tamiami Trail, approximately three hundred miles of highway cutting straight through the peat, muck, and grassy waters of the historic Everglades from Miami to Tampa.

From 1928 to 2020 this roadway effectively delineated the engineered water flow that helped create the infrastructure for modern society. And since the year 2000 there’s been an official plan of action for how to change all that. Now, it’s all finally coming to reality.

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New Tamiami Trail bridge is up and running

Part of that CERP Program includes the Old Tamiami Trail Removal Project which eschews approximately five and a half miles of ground level for a multi-bridge system that allows underflow more closely associated with the evolved will of the environment throughout eons of natural history.

There are to be billions of gallons of fresh water from sources like rain, the aquifer, Lake Okeechobee and managed canals making their way south from Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys, and many of those gallons will be passing under these bridges.

Driving over, they look like any other set of bridges, and looking south while traveling across them doesn’t necessarily evince the flabbergasted awe of what they may portend; but they are a major feat of engineering nonetheless. It’s a good thing. It’s a great thing. It hopefully represents the beginning of a more natural, healthful freshwater flow.

Manufactured hydrologic engineering feature adjacent to the new Tamiami Trail bridge in the Florida Everglades.

There are a tremendous number of variables at play, but this is a great and historic step toward revitalizing the Florida environment, which controls tourism, commercial fishing, agriculture, and the quality of life for the many millions of residents who call the greater Miami Metropolitan Area home, as well as the whole South Florida in general and really the entire state of Florida.

From what I can tell, this is cool.

By Jacob Katel

Diving into news about water.