Why Davie Is Selling The Town's Brand New Bridge

May 28, 2013


The bridge spans the canal that divides the equestrian trail at Southwest 130th Avenue and 14th Street.
Credit Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald

If you’re looking to buy a brand new, never before used bridge, contact the town of Davie.

The Davie Town Council voted last year to build a bridge across the N-23 Canal. It was supposed to be a small, charming bridge for hikers and horseback riders.

But instead, they ended up with a brown, bulky bridge for vehicles-- as well as a lot of upset residents.

Jonathan Simmons has been covering this story for the Miami Herald:

“People are saying, ‘Thanks for putting that ugly thing in to devalue my home,’ ” said Davie Councilman Marlon Luis. 

No one is really sure how the wrong bridge ended up in Davie. Shoreline thought it had been given the go-ahead on the design when, in fact, it hadn’t been reviewed at all. And the bridge went up so quickly, no one realized there was a problem until it was mostly assembled.

The bridge cost over $111,250 and shipping added another $17,400.

Davie is trying to sell the bridge in order to recoup some of its money. The concrete for the road hasn’t been poured yet so the bridge can still be moved.

However, if you’re in the market for a bridge, some assembly is required.

Plans for a pedestrian bridge haven't gone away. But the design of the next pedestrian bridge will be carefully reviewed by Davie’s site plan committee to make sure the same mistake doesn't happen again.