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                       Transportation
                                                 for a New Century
                   A report to the people of Miami-Dade County
                   Summer 2009, Issue No.12


                                                                                    Inside this issue...


                                                                                 Keeping our Sights on the
                                                                                 Future............................2

                                                                                 MPO Governing Board
                                                                                 Members........................2

                                                                                 Transportation
                                                                                 Partners.........................2

                                                                                 South Transportation
                                                                                 Planning Area..................3

                                                                                 West Transportation
                                                                                 Planning Area..................4

                                                                                 Central Transportation
                                                                                 Planning Area..................5

                                                                                 North Transportation
                                                                                 Planning Area..................6

                                                                                 Northwest Transportation
                                                                                 Planning Area..................7

                                                                                 Beach/CBD Transportation
                                                                                 Planning Area..................8

                                                                                 Get Involved...................8




Published by the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
        The Transportation Planning Agency for Miami-Dade County


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        Page 2                                                                                                                              Summer 2009

                                      Keeping our Sights on the Future
               The      Miami-Dade       Metropolitan      ment to those traveling within Miami-Dade             own a SunPass to easily enter and exit tolled
       Planning Organization (MPO) remains                 County.                                               roadways. It will soon be implemented on var-
       focused on addressing the mobility needs of                 Telecommuting - The MPO continues             ious highways. In addition, Miami-Dade
       residents, visitors, and commerce by providing      to encourage businesses to allow employees to         County is moving towards the use of more
       multimodal transportation options, addressing       work from home whenever possible, which               technologically advanced toll plaza systems,
       methods to reduce congestion, planning              can save gas, time, and reduce stress.                whereby vehicles utilizing a SunPass can con-
       towards a more 'green' environment, and             Telecommuting can also be achieved by the             tinue at highway speeds while their toll is col-
       enhancing the safety of transportation services.    establishment of “satellite offices” to help          lected automatically. This has already been
       Sights are set on an environmentally-friendly       reduce travel commute distances.                      instituted in many locations and is being
                                                                                                                 implemented for the Toll Plaza Relocation
       and efficient urban system that focuses on four             Technology - A primary goal of the
                                                                                                                 Project at the Golden Glades Interchange and
       critical areas: Transit, Telecommuting,             MPO Transportation Plan is to reduce energy
                                                                                                                 the Homestead Extension of Florida’s
       Technology, and Tolling.                            requirements. In Miami-Dade, transportation           Turnpike (HEFT).
               Transit - Efforts are underway to           agencies are following this lead in the imple-                The MPO will utilize these four con-
       improve transit services through a more effi-       mentation of their transportation services, such      cepts to guide the development of an updated
       cient scheduling and placement of bus routes.       as the opening of the recent I-95 Express             and comprehensive metropolitan transporta-
       In addition, Metrorail is expanding by con-         Lanes and Ramp Metering, the use of 511               tion plan. To this end, the County has been
       structing the MIC/Earlington Heights connec-        SmarTraveler information, and the planned             divided into six Transportation Planning Areas
       tion so that riders can access the Miami            establishment of Open Road Tolling (ORT) on           (TPA) to address specific community needs
       International Airport and transfer to other         county expressways in the near future.                (TPA map on front cover). As you will note in
       modes of travel at that important hub.                      Tolling - Advances in technology have         the following pages, transportation agencies
       Municipal transit services, provided by several     made possible the use of ORT, which is a              are working together in the six TPAs to help
       Miami-Dade cities, are also a positive comple-      closed system that will allow motorists who           achieve these goals.


            Miami-Dade MPO Governing Board                                                                                      Transportation
                                                      Voting Members
                                                                                                                                   Partners
                                            Dennis C. Moss, Chairman
                                                                                                                            FDOT - Florida Department of
                                    Perla Tabares Hantman, Vice Chairwoman                                                         Transportation
               Bruno A. Barreiro, Miami-Dade County             Barbara J. Jordan, Miami-Dade County
                                                                                                                                FTE - Florida's Turnpike
                      Lynda Bell, City of Homestead                    William H. Kerdyk, Municipal Representative                     Enterprise

              Matti Herrera Bower, City of Miami Beach                      Joe A. Martinez, Miami-Dade County                MDAD - Miami-Dade Aviation
                                                                                                                                     Department
                   Kevin A. Burns, City of North Miami                          Julio Robaina, City of Hialeah
                                                                            Dorrin D. Rolle, Miami-Dade County                 MDT - Miami-Dade Transit
                Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade County
             Audrey M. Edmonson, Miami-Dade County                             Marc D. Sarnoff, City of Miami                  M-DPS - Miami-Dade Public
                                                                                                                                        Schools
              Shirley M. Gibson, City of Miami Gardens                      Natacha Seijas, Miami-Dade County
                                                                                                                            MDX - Miami-Dade Expressway
               Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County                         Katy Sorenson, Miami-Dade County                         Authority
                Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade County                            Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade County
                                                                                                                             POM- Port of miami (Seaport)
        Maritza Gutierrez, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority               Sen. Javier D. Souto, Miami-Dade County
                                                                                                                               PWD - Miami-Dade Public
                                                                                                                                 Works Department
              Non-Voting Members (FDOT District VI)                               MPO Secretariat Director
                       Gus Pego, P.E., Secretary                                   Jose-Luis Mesa, Ph.D.                        SFRTA - South Florida
                         Gary L. Donn, P.E.                                                                                  Transportation Authority/
                                                                                                                                       Tri-Rail


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  Summer 2009                         South Transportation Planning Area                                                                                          Page 3
The South Transportation Planning Area (TPA) includes the area south of Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street to the Monroe/Miami-Dade County line. Municipalities in the South
TPA include: City of Homestead; Florida City; Village of Palmetto Bay; Village of Cutler Bay; and Village of Pinecrest. This TPA is traversed by several important corridors,
including the SR-821/ Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT), South Dixie Highway/US-1, Killian Parkway, Old Cutler Road, and Krome Avenue. County
Commission Districts 8 and 9 are included in this area.

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                   South Dade Greenway                                       South Dade Busway                                  South Transportation Planning Area

            ROADWAYS TO BE BUILT                                                                      SOUTh KROME AVENUE
                AND WIDENED                                                             The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently working
The Miami-Dade Public Works Department (PWD) is currently work-                         on the Krome Avenue Project between Lucy Street and SW 296th Street.
ing on the following roadways:                                                          This 10.24 mile roadway, referred to as “Krome South”, is classified as
• SW 160th Street is being constructed into a 2-lane roadway with a                     a ‘Principal Arterial’. The typical section consists primarily of a two
  median between SW 147th Avenue and SW 137th Avenue.
                                                                                        lane section that varies in width from 10.5 feet to 12 feet with paved
• SW 157th Avenue will be constructed into a 4-lane roadway with a
  raised median between SW 184th Street and SW 152nd Street.                            shoulders that range from 4 feet to 12 feet and swales. This Study will
• SW 137th Avenue will be widened to 4-lanes with a center-striped                      analyze alternatives that will improve the safety and mobility of Krome
  median between the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike                          Avenue, while preserving the distinct rural character of one of the most
  (HEFT) and US-1.                                                                      highly-traveled corridors in south Florida.
• SW 184th Street will be widened to 4-lanes with a center-striped
  median between SW 147th Avenue and SW 137th Avenue.                                    SOUTh DADE GREENWAY PROjEcT
• SW 328th Street will be widened to 4-lanes with a raised median
                                                                                        The MPO is working on the South Dade Greenway Network, which will
  between SW 152nd Avenue and SW 137th Avenue.
                                                                                        be an organized system of 10 interconnecting trails totaling 194 miles in
    hEFT WIDENING PROjEcT AND                                                           length. These Greenways will extend along the area south of Kendall
      TOLL PLAZA RELOcATION                                                             Drive to the Monroe County Line and Biscayne Bay to Everglades
To accommodate the future needs for capacity and safety                                 National Park. This plan will also connect to mass transit at the
improvements, the HEFT is being widened from 6 to 10 travel                             Metrorail Dadeland South station, and will provide safe, low-cost, and
lanes in two south Miami-Dade locations. One project is                                 non-motorized transportation routes for commuters going to work and
between Ken dall Drive and SR-836, while the other is between
                                                                                        children traveling to and from school.
SW 117th Avenue and Eureka Drive. Included will be a major
bridge widening (up to 4 lanes), a new stormwater drainage sys-
tem, and a Toll Plaza improvement to allow for efficient toll col-                           SOUTh DADE MANAGED LANES
lection at highway speeds with a cash option off to the side.            The MPO completed the South Dade Managed Lanes Study that
                                                                         assessed the feasibility of managed lanes concepts in the right-of-way of
          SR-874 RAMP cONNEcTOR                                          the South Dade Busway. The concept involves (1) enhancing the exist-
A Project Development & Environmental Study, scheduled to com- ing level of transit service, and (2) allowing tolled private vehicles to
mence in the summer of 2009, will evaluate the potential of a new ramp
                                                                         use excess capacity in the corridor. The managed lanes would allow reli-
connection from the existing southern terminus of SR-874 to SW 136th
Street at SW 127th Avenue. This project will provide an alternative con- able travel to tolled vehicles to by-pass areas of severe traffic conges-
nection to the areas west of the HEFT and surrounding local roadways tion along US-1. Issues regarding implementation of this concept are
by providing access to and from SR-874/Don Shula Expressway.             still under review.


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        Page 4                                        West Transportation Planning Area                                                                    Summer 2009
       The West Transportation Planning Area (TPA) includes the west central section of Miami-Dade County north of Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street, south of Tamiami Trail/SW
       8th Street, east of Krome Avenue, and west of SW 76th Avenue. Municipalities in this TPA include: City of Coral Gables; City of South Miami; and Village of West Miami.
       This TPA is traversed by several important corridors including the SR-826/Palmetto Expressway, SR-874/Don Shula Expressway, Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike
       (HEFT), and Krome Avenue. County Commission Districts 10 and 11 are included in this area.

                                                                                                         SR-826 & SR-836 INTERchANGE
            SW 8th Street

                                                                                                       Construction has recently started on new connecting roadways that
                                                826                                                    will provide traffic movement between these two expressways in all
                                                                                                       directions to help reduce traffic congestion. The project will also
                                                                                                       include improving ramp exits to main streets, and provide addition-
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                                                                                                       al corridors to accommodate future transit routes, as well as future
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                                                                                                       connections of NW 7th Street under SR-826 and of NW 82nd
           27                                                                                          Avenue under SR-836.

                                                                                                              TURNPIKE’S hEFT WIDENING
            West Transportation Planning Area              SR-826 and SR-836 Interchange Rendering
                                                                                Reconstruction and widening plans of the Homestead Extension of
                                                                                Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT) between SW 117th Avenue to south of
                       MID KROME AVENUE                                         Kendall Drive are under way. Twelve future travel lanes are planned
       The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently working in order to accommodate the future needs for capacity and safety
       on the Krome Avenue Project between SW 136th Street and Kendall improvements for the HEFT. The project also includes reconfigura-
       Drive. This roadway consists primarily of two lanes, varying in width tion of the interchange ramps at SR-874 and SW 117th Avenue.
       from 10.5 feet to 12 feet with paved shoulders ranging from 4 feet to 12
       feet and swales. Improvements include resurfacing, additional signing
       and pavement markings, and new turn lanes. The FDOT will also
       improve drainage and lighting along this roadway.
                            BLAcK cREEK TRAIL
       The MPO recently completed the Black Creek Trail Segment B Master
       Plan, which included improving the 9.2 mile section of the greenway cor-
       ridor along the Black Creek Trail. The proposed budget of $7.0 million
       included more than 12 miles of paved trail and 2.5 miles of unpaved trail
       and supplemental infrastructure. Amenities included benches, shelters,
       integrative signs, and information kiosks with trail maps and information
       on points of interest. The trail meanders mainly within the Black Creek
       Canal right-of-way and also provides a route of travel from the                                        Construction along SR-826            SR-874 Widening Project
       Everglades Levee, one mile west of Krome Avenue to SW 137 Avenue
       connecting to Black Creek Trail.                                                              PALMETTO EXPRESSWAY EXPANSION
                            SW 157Th AVENUE                              The SR-826/Palmetto Expressway widening project is designed to
       A new 4-lane roadway with a raised median is currently being con- improve safety and traffic flow from just north of SW 40th Street
       structed along SW 157th Avenue. This new roadway project runs (Bird Road) to south of SW 56th Street (Miller Drive). It includes
       between SW 136th Street and SW 112th Street.                      widening of existing lanes and bridges and the reconfiguring of road-
                                                                         way shoulders, entrance and exit ramps, installing a new stormwater
                                                                         drainage system, setting up new traffic signals and street lights, as
                                                                         well as building a pedestrian bridge over SR-826 just north of Bird
                                                                         Road.
                                                                                                              SR-874 WIDENING PROjEcT
                                                                                                      In the spring of 2009 final design of SR-874/Don Shula Expressway
                                                                                                      between SW 88 Street (Kendall Drive) and SR-826/Palmetto
                                                                                                      Expressway will begin. This project will address current and future
                                                                                                      traffic needs by widening SR-874 up to 8-lanes. This project will
                                                                                                      provide an important connection to the SR-826 and SR-874 inter-
          Engineers reviewing Black Creek Trail               Recently completed Biscayne Trail       change currently under construction.

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Summer 2009                          Central Transportation Planning Area                                                                                              Page 5
The Central Transportation Planning Area (TPA) includes the area east of SW 76th Avenue, south of NW 87th Street, west of NW 37th Avenue, and north of SW 136th Street.
Municipalities in the Central TPA include: City of South Miami; City of Miami Springs; Village of Key Biscayne; Village of Pinecrest; Village of Virginia Gardens; and Town
of Medley. Sections of Municipalities include: City of Miami; City of Hialeah; and City of Coral Gables. This TPA is traversed by several important transportation corridors
including the SR-826/Palmetto Expressway, the SR-836/Dolphin Expressway, US-1/South Dixie Highway, Okeechobee Road, SW 8th Street/Tamiami Trail, Flagler Street, Le
Jeune Road, and Rickenbacker Cswy. County Commission Districts 6 and 7 are included in this area.

                     AREA STREETS TO BE IMPROVED                                                                                 826                      I-95

The Miami-Dade Public Works Department (PWD) is currently working on the following street projects:                                                              195

• NW 37th Avenue is being reconstructed into 2-lanes with a center-striped median and on-street parking                                836                   395
  lanes between North River Drive to NW 79th Street.
• SW 27th Avenue is being reconstructed into 2-lanes with a raised median between US-1 and Bayshore Drive.                                          817




                               MIAMI RIVER GREENWAY                                                                                          US-1


                                                                                                                                 874
The Miami River Greenway includes development and enhancements to the City of Miami’s historic
waterway. The project entails the complete reconstruction of the corridor’s streets, including new side-
walks, roadway pavement, drainage, landscaping, street lighting, as well as the construction of a linear
park with a comprehensive network of bikeways and walkways with seating, signage, and art. Once com-                                Central Transportation Planning Area
plete, the project will cover the Miami River corridor from Biscayne Bay to the NW 36th Street/NW 40th
Avenue area.
                                METRORAIL EXTENSION
The construction of a Metrorail extension connecting the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) to the existing
elevated guideway at the Earlington Heights Metrorail Station is currently underway. This extension con-
sists of 2.4 miles of elevated, dual-track that will include a station at the MIC connecting it to the
Metrobus system, TriRail, tour buses, and eventually an Amtrak station. This extension will also be linked
to the Miami International Airport’s Automatic People Mover (MIA Mover) system set to be open for
service by 2012.
                                                                                                                                       MIC Central Station Rendering
    MAKING ThE cONNEcTION ON ThE MIA MOVER
The MIA Mover is a light-rail people-mover system operating between Miami International Airport
(MIA) and the MIC. The MIA Mover is being built and operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation
Department (MDAD) while the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is responsible for its
guideway foundations and construction of its station at the MIC. The MIA Mover is a vital component
of the MIC Program, because it is an intermodal connector. It is a rail line that will link the airport to
Amtrak, Tri-Rail and Metrorail (upon completion of the MIC-Earlington Heights Extension Project). The
system will have two stations: the ‘MIA Station’ will be located on the third level between the Flamingo
and Dolphin parking garages at the airport and the ‘MIC Station’ will be located at the fourth level of the
MIC’s Rental Car Center (RCC). Its elevated guideway will span 1.25 miles, running east from the MIA
Station through to Central Boulevard and on to NW 21st Street, curving north into the MIC Station,
directly above the MIC Terminal Access Roadways. The MIA Mover will be operational in 2012.
                                                                                                                                             MIA Mover Rendering
                    MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Miami International Airport (MIA) began 2009 with the expansion of its North Terminal already up and
running. As part of the airport’s $6.2 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), MIA opened gates D29
and D30 last December. The CIP, which was ordered in 1993 and set for completion by early 2011, is a
responsive effort to address the projected increases in volume for the airport in the coming years. Ranking
first in international freight and third in international passengers amongst U.S. airports, MIA currently
supports about 664,862 passengers a week, a number that is expected to grow in the years ahead.
Supporting more international flights than any other airport in the U.S., the CIP’s expansive efforts are
aimed at modernizing the airport’s facilities and improving the efficiency of its operations. Seven new
gates are expected to be ready by the end of this year, increasing its cargo and passenger capacities. With
the completion of its North Terminal with an automated train system due by 2011, Florida’s premier air-                                 MIA North Terminal Rotunda
port will be ready for increased demand and continue to play an essential role in the south Florida economy.

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       Page 6                                               North Transportation Planning Area                                                                      Summer 2009
   The North Transportation Planning Area (TPA) includes the portion of Miami-Dade County south of the Broward/Miami-Dade County Line, east of NW 52nd Avenue and NW
   37th Avenue (connected by Gratigny Parkway), north of NW North River Drive/MacArthur Causeway, and west of Biscayne Bay. Municipalities in the North TPA include:
   City of Miami Gardens; City of Opa-Locka; Village of Biscayne Park; City of Miami; City of North Miami; Miami Shores Village; and Village of El Portal. This TPA is tra-
   versed by several important corridors including I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, SR-826/Palmetto Expressway, SR-9/27th Avenue, US-1/Biscayne Boulevard, SR-934/79th Street, SR-
   112/Airport Expressway, I-195/Julia Tuttle Causeway, Venetian Causeway, and I-395/MacArthur Causeway. County Commission Districts 1, 2, and 3 are included in this area.

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                                                            ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS                                                  OPEN ROAD TOLLING
                817                I-95                  The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT)                  Imagine a future where there is no need to slow down or
          826         9                                  roadway improvement project on NW 122nd Street from                stop to pay a toll while driving the expressways. Miami-
                                          US-1
                                                         West 21st Court to West 19th Court in Hialeah is                   Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) is making that
                                                         designed to improve safety and traffic flow through the            future a reality with Open Road Tolling (ORT). With its
                          I-95                           area. This project includes repaving and widening the              5-Year Work Program, MDX is making commutes
                                                         roadway at various locations, replacing traffic signals, as        faster, cleaner, safer, and fairer than ever before. By
                                                                                                                            summer 2010, ORT will be introduced on SR-
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                                                         well as improving the drainage system and curb ramps
                                                                                                                            924/Gratigny Expressway.
                             395                         at various locations to meet Americans with Disabilities
   North Transportation Planning Area
                                                         Act (ADA) standards. Also, the FDOT will reconstruct                             TRANSIT hUB
                                                         and add new lanes to NW 138th Street from West 12th                Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is building a multi-modal
                                                         Avenue to NW 4th Avenue/Red Road.                                  hub located in Liberty City. The ‘Transit Village Project’
                                                                                                                            will be located on the southeast corner of NW 7th
                                                          SR-826 AUXILIARY LANES                                            Avenue and NW 62nd Street. This project will create
                                                         Auxiliary lanes are being added to SR-826. These addi-             economic growth and community redevelopment oppor-
                                                         tional lanes will be located between NW 67th and NW                tunities. It will also enhance current transportation serv-
                                                         47th Avenues. The new auxiliary lanes will move local              ices and revitalize the area, while providing immediate
                                                         traffic out of the way from thru traffic on the westbound          access to I-95.
                                                         lanes.
       Open Road Tolling on SR-836                                                                                              OVERTOWN GREENWAY
                                                           TOLL PLAZA RELOcATION The City of Miami’s Overtown Greenway will link the
                                                         FDOT is replacing the current, outdated Florida’s Miami River and Biscayne Bay to serve as a multifunc-
                                                         Turnpike toll facility at the Golden Glades Interchange tional urban public space. It will incorporate a system of
                                                         with a new, state-of-the-art Open Road Tolling (ORT) pedestrian-friendly streets and walkways, providing
                                                         plaza. This will allow for toll collection at highway access to neighborhood amenities and to urban open
                                                                                                                    spaces. The greenway will be integrated with Miami-
                                                         speeds as well as offering a traditional cash option.
                                                                                                                    Dade's public transit system and is an integral compo-
                                                                                                                    nent of the ‘Overtown Greenprint’, a collaborative effort
                                                           SR-924 EAST EXTENSION                                    to make the Overtown area more livable.
                                                         This project will provide an alternative to all drivers in
          Snake Creek Trail Study
                                                         northern Miami-Dade and southwest Broward by inter-          SNAKE cREEK BIKE TRAIL
                                                         connecting some of the county’s major expressways. This study assessed the development of a non-motorized
                                                         The extension will reduce travel times and minimize trail and linear park along Snake Creek Canal between
                                                         delays by separating commuters from local drivers. The NE Miami Gardens Drive and the Florida’s Turnpike.
                                                         project is approximately two miles and provides a more Strategic opportunities for the greenway include: pro-
                                                         direct connection to I-95 from SR-924/Gratigny viding connections to regional parks such as Greynolds
                                                         Expressway.         The Project Development & Park and Oleta River State Recreation Area; improving
                                                         Environmental Study is scheduled to begin in the sum- the existing bicycle/pedestrian underpass at I-95; inte-
                                                         mer of 2009 and would provide a vital east-west con- grating the linear park concept within the course; and
          SR-924 East Extension                          nection while minimally impacting the surrounding improving the aesthetics of the currently underutilized
                                                         area.                                                      right-of-way.

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 Summer 2009                       Northwest Transportation Planning Area                                                                                       Page 7
The Northwest Transportation Planning Area (TPA) includes the portion of Miami-Dade County west of NW 52nd Avenue and north of SW 8th Street/Tamiami Trail and SR-
836/Dolphin Expressway. Municipalities in the Northwest TPA include: City of Doral; City of Hialeah; City of Hialeah Gardens; City of Sweetwater; Town of Miami Lakes;
and Town of Medley. This TPA is traversed by several important transportation corridors including the SR-826/Palmetto Expressway, I-75, Okeechobee Road, SW 8th
Street/Tamiami Trail, and Krome Avenue. County Commission Districts 12 and 13 are included in this area.

                NORTh KROME AVENUE
The north portion of the Krome Avenue Project will add lanes between the                                                                                I-75         826

SW 8th Street and MP 2.754 sections of its northwest section. Varying
slightly, the typical section consists primarily of two lanes that vary in                                                          27            821

width from 10.5 to 12 feet, paved shoulders ranging from 4 to12 feet, and
swales. This plan will analyze and develop alternatives including two,                                                                                         826
three, and four-lane typical sections. While improving the safety and mobil-
ity of Krome Avenue, the project will preserve the distinct rural character
of one of the most highly traveled corridors in south Florida.

                                                                                             Current Krome Avenue conditions        Northwest Transportation Planning Area

                                                                                                NW 25Th STREET VIADUcT
                                                                                         The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun build-
                                                                                         ing the 2-lane elevated roadway for trucks above NW 25th Street
                                                                                         from SR- 826/Palmetto Expressway to NW 68th Avenue. The idea
                                                                                         is to ease chronic congestion on NW 25th Street where trucks and
                                                                                         passenger vehicles compete for the road everyday. Trucks use the
                                                                                         east-west road to haul cargo from Miami International Airport to
                                                                                         either the SR-826 or Doral warehouses. Phase I of this project, from
                                                                                         the Miami International Airport to SR-826, is anticipated to open in
                                                                                         the summer of 2011.
     Rendering of NW 25th Street Viaduct              SR-924 West Extension
                                                                                          NEW TRANSIT PARK & RIDE FAcILITY
                       NW 74Th STREET
                                                                                         The proposed Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) Park & Ride Facility at
Construction of a 6-lane divided roadway along NW 74th Street from NW
                                                                                         NW 186th Street and NW 73rd Avenue is needed to support the bus
107th Avenue to NW 87th Avenue is underway. The project includes bike                    routes serving Aventura, Florida International University’s Biscayne
lanes, sidewalks, curb and gutter, storm drainage systems, pavement mark-                Bay Campus, and the limited stop route to the Okeechobee
ings and signing, and traffic signalization, as well as lighting and landscap-           Metrorail Station. Approximately 136 parking spaces will be made
ing. This project is being undertaken by Miami-Dade County Public Works                  available to enable patrons to park their vehicles and then board
Department (PWD).                                                                        buses serving this area.
                       NW 87Th AVENUE
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is constructing a new
roadway along NW 87th Avenue between NW 58th Street and NW 74th
Street. This project will improve the connectivity in northwest Miami-Dade
County.
                       NW 97Th AVENUE
Miami-Dade PWD has completed the NW 97th Avenue Bridge that pro-
vides a link between Fontainbleau Boulevard and NW 12th Street. The new
four-lane bridge crosses over SR-836 and the CSX railroad. The project also
includes retaining walls, roadway construction, lighting, and signalization.                 NW 74 Street will be reconstructed       NW 87th Avenue will be constructed



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       Page 8                    Beach/CBD Transportation Planning Area                                                                                     Summer 2009
       The Beach/Central Business District (CBD) Transportation Planning Area (TPA) includes the barrier islands along Biscayne Bay, parts of northeast Miami-Dade County, and
       the Miami CBD. Municipalities in this TPA include: City of Miami Beach; City of North Bay Village; City of Aventura; Town of Golden Beach; Town of Surfside; Town of Bal
       Harbour; Town of Indian Creek Village; and Town of Bay Harbor Islands. Sections of Municipalities include: City of Miami; City of North Miami; City of North Miami Beach;
       Village of Biscayne Park; and Village of Miami Shores. The TPA is unique as it is traversed by seven causeways linking the mainland to the Beach area. County Commission
       Districts 4 and 5 are included in this area.

                                                               441                                            IVES DAIRY ROAD/I-95 INTERCHANGE
          Get Involved with the MPO                                     I-95
                                                                                                           Operational improvements are being implemented to I-95 to alle-
                  Give Us                                                                                  viate traffic congestion entering and exiting the highway at Ives
                                                                               US-1
                                                                                                           Dairy Road. The project includes widening the southbound exit
               Your Feedback!                                                                              and entrance ramps, as well as expanding the northbound ramp to
                                                               I-95
                                                                                                           two lanes and constructing a pre-flow turning lane to the south-
             ____________________________                                                                  bound exit, which will improve the turning lanes. Improvements to
                                                                                                           the signage and signals on Highland Lakes Boulevard are also
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                                                                                                           being undertaken with this project.
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             ____________________________                                                                         SR-836/I-395 INTERchANGE
             ____________________________                                                   The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working on
                                                          Beach/CBD Transportation Planning Area
                                                                                           the SR-836/I-395 Bridge Rehabilitation Project. The renovations
             ____________________________
             ____________________________               are designed to strengthen and enhance the structure by rehabilitating columns and piers underneath the
                                                        bridges as well as refurbishing concrete barrier walls and bridge joints on the roadway. This project
             ____________________________
                                                        extends east of I-95 to the MacArthur Causeway.
                                                                                                              PORT TUNNEL
                                                          The Port Tunnel Project would facilitate further growth at the Port of Miami. The $1 billion project
           Name: __________________
                                                         aims to create a direct interstate connection to the port and ease truck traffic in the CBD. By providing
           Address: ________________                     direct access to the Seaport, I-95, and I-395, the tunnel would reduce truck and cruise-line bus volume
                 ____________________                    on local roads and improve traffic safety on the already congested roads of downtown Miami. The com-
                                                         pletion of the tunnel project would give the Port the resources it needs to not only maintain the proper
           City/State/Zip: ____________
                                                         functioning of its operations, but allow it to respond to its increasing demand in the global economy.
           Phone: __________________
           Email:     __________________                  NORTH BEACH RECREATIONAL CORRIDOR
                                                        The City of Miami Beach is constructing a sidewalk-styled pedestrian
                   Mail this survey to:
                   Miami-Dade MPO                       “beachwalk” that runs behind the oceanfront dunes between 64th
                Stephen P. Clark Center                 Street and 79th Street. The 15-block, concrete pathway will include
              111 NW 1st Street, Suite 920              new showers and water fountains, way-finding markers, and sea turtle-
                    Miami, FL 33128
                                                        friendly lighting. In addition, the project will also replace exotic vege-
                    Fax this survey to:                 tation in the area with native species, as well as make enhancements to
                     (305) 375-4950                     the dunes. An eco-walk exhibit at Allison Park featuring life-size repli-
                                                        cas of endangered sea turtles, as well as educational signage on the
                     Email us at:
                  mpo@miamidade.gov                     vegetation, wildlife, and the dynamics of the beach and coastal dune
                                                        ecosystem is set to be featured in this corridor. This project is part of
                   Visit our website:                   the larger Atlantic Greenway Network, which is a system designed to
                www.miamidade.gov/mpo                   promote alternative transportation and community enhancement in the                      North Beach Recreational Corridor
                                                        South, Middle, and North Beach neighborhoods of Miami Beach.                                    designation signage

       The preparation of this report has been funded in part from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and/or the
       Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the State Planning and Research Program (Section 505 of Title 23, U.S. Code), and Miami-Dade County, Florida. The contents
       of this report do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of the U. S. Department of Transportation. This document was published through a cooperative effort
       of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University. Project Team Members: Elizabeth Rockwell, Candy Hurtado,
       and Mauro Ponce.

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