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The Underline Phase 2

Phase 2 of The Underline is now open to the public. 

Phase 2 of The Underline, opened to the public on April 24, 2024. This 2.14-mile segment of The Underline connects SW 13 St. to SW 19 Ave. linking phase 1 from the Miami River to the historic Roads, Shenandoah, and Silver Bluff neighborhoods in the City of Miami. 

This new segment offers several amenities to area residents and transit riders including separated pedestrian and bicycle paths, improvements to intersections, enhanced lighting, and wayfinding. 

The three amenity areas in the plan for Phase 2, are the Simpson Park Playground Area, Vizcaya Station Plaza, and 17th Avenue Plaza.

Phase 2 is built on three key drivers: safe multi-modal transportation, nature, and community. After two public meetings, many presentations, surveys, and community feedback, two of the main public interests are: having safe biking and walking paths, access to nature that features native vegetation, including trees, plants, and grass.

Notable project components

Phase 2 also features the project's first of many bioswales, green infrastructure that will help with stormwater flooding and runoff.

Other notable project components include:

  • Resting areas along the path with boulders or benches
  • Hydration stations
  • Bike repair station at Vizcaya Metrorail station
  • Bike racks
  • Dog friendly with doggie bag dispensers at each amenity area and pet water bowls
  • Trash and recycling receptacles throughout the corridor
  • LED lighting that is Dark Sky compliant
  • Green infrastructure: Bioswale native landscaping with natural infiltration planting
  • WiFi service at the Vizcaya and Simpson Park Playground areas
  • Public art
  • Programmable areas for events, cultural, educational and health and wellness programs
  • The addition of native trees and plants to attract butterflies, bees and birds.
The total project cost for Phase 2 is $20,115,110 with funds from The State of Florida, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami.

Landscaping: Native plants and tree

One of the main focuses of The Underline project is the repopulation of native plants and trees that support the Hardwood Hammock, Pine Rockland, Pollinator and Wet Prairie ecosystems. 
  • Tree removal/replacement quick numbers: 
    • Total number of trees removed: 331
    • Total number of trees relocated: 108
    • Total number of trees not affected/to remain: 483
    • Total number of trees planted 537 
    • Total number of palms planted: 399 
    • Total number of large shrubs that will eventually grow into trees proposed: 191 
  • DTPW planted approximately four times as many trees as were removed. 
  • Overall, more than 1,000 native trees were added to the area.

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