The Town hosted a Community Forum on Transportation on Saturday, April 9th inside Council Chambers at Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, in Miami Lakes. The meeting included a recap of the Town’s Transportation Summit that took place on July 31st and the strategies voted upon at the October 6th regular Town Council meeting.
An initiative of Councilmen Tony Lama and Nelson Rodriguez, the Transportation Summit was held in order to bring together the relevant stakeholders and experts of all agencies responsible for transportation to focus intensely on specific problems, while ensuring that all agencies’ actions are strategically coordinated to achieve optimal solutions. Town elected officials and staff were joined by the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Miami-Dade County Public Works, Metropolitan Planning Organization, South Florida Commuter Services and the Town's civil/traffic engineering consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates and Corradino and Associates, to brainstorm and discuss possible ways to relieve congestion/mobility issues present in the Town.
For adopted strategies with funding estimates, click here
For presenations made at the April 9 Forum, click pdf here (5.79 MB)
Strategies Recommended to Pursue:
1. Improved traffic signal priority at intersections utilizing technology or more police;
2. Improvement of pedestrian connections across NW 67th Avenue within Town Center;
3. Dedication of land from the fire station at 16699 NW 67th Avenue for the construction of an exclusive right turn lane from northbound NW 67th Avenue to eastbound NW 167th Street;
4. Pedestrian infrastructure improvements to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for pedestrian facilities throughout the Town;
5. Amend to the Town Code to require new development and redevelopment include constructing any missing sidewalk sections and/or repairing any damaged sidewalk sections immediately adjacent to property on which development or redevelopment is occurring;
6. Increase sidewalk widths on arterial and collector streets to eight or ten feet;
7. Facilitate carpooling of trips for drop-off and pick-up of school children;
8. Pursue staggering of start and dismissal times of public schools within the Town;
9. Pursue alternative strategies to the Town’s current on-demand bus service;
10. Connect the existing and future greenways on NW 170th Street and NW 67th Avenue via NW 169th Street;
11. Increase marketing of the Town’s Moover transit service;
12. Amend the Code to replace the conventional traffic concurrency system with simpler and more effective requirements to mitigate the transportation impacts of new development and redevelopment;
13. Implement “que jumps” for transit vehicles at intersections;
14. Pursue land use strategies to create walkable, mixed-use areas in three strategic locations along Miami Lakes Drive (including 1) Town Center; 2) the area bounded by Miami Lakeway, Miami Lakes Drive, existing and theoretical NW 153rd Street and NW 57th Avenue; and 3) the vicinity of Miami Lakes Drive and NW 79th Court) and, when timing is appropriate, run fast and frequent Moover service between the three. Also consider the future inclusion of the area at the northwest corner of NW 87th Avenue and NW 154th Street, depending upon the type and character of development that may ultimately occur there.
15. Extend NW 59th Avenue south to Miami Lakes Drive.
16. In connection with the extension of the Gratigny Expressway west to the Florida Turnpike, explore the possibility of new interchanges at NW 67th Avenue and NW 87thAvenue.
17. Improvements to NW 57th Avenue to increase capacity and speed, including possible removal of traffic lights on NW 57th Avenue, in order to make NW 57th Avenue a more attractive alternative to through traffic than NW 67th Avenue.
18. A new underpass of the Palmetto Expressway north of Miami Lakes Drive from the northbound Palmetto Frontage Road to NW 77th Court, allowing motorists existing from northbound Palmetto Expressway to bypass Miami Lakes Drive; and,
19. A new underpass of the Palmetto Expressway connecting NW 146th Street to NW 77thAvenue
The Town of Miami Lakes is situated in the North West area of Miami-Dade County and it serves as a residence for approximately 30,000 people and 1,500 businesses. Access into the town is primarily via the Palmetto Expressway, I-75 and the Gratigny Expressway. These various expressways provide multiple approaches to the Town, but also limit the internal mobility within the Town; providing only one road that connects the east and the west side of Town.
Traffic congestion is the most common concern for both residents and businesses in the Town of Miami Lakes according to a surveys conducted by the Town last year. The Town recognizes that assuring adequate mobility for residents, workers, and visitors requires a focus on all modes of transportation.
In the meantime, however, the Town faces a pressing need to ensure that existing transportation infrastructure and systems function at their optimum capability. The implementation of practical solutions to improve traffic flow and transit operations that can be executed over the short and medium terms is crucial.
Traffic count data gathered and analyzed during the month of March suggests that only three roadway segments fail to meet their adopted level of service (LOS) standards:
1. NW 77th Court between NW 169th Street and NW 154th Street
2. NW 67th Avenue between the Palmetto Expressway and Miami Lakeway North
3. NW 82nd Avenue between NW 154th Street and NW 170th Street.
Many complaints, however, are heard about congestion on Miami Lakes Drive/NW 154th Street, particularly in the vicinity of its interchange with the Palmetto Expressway and most especially to the west of the Palmetto Expressway. Many complaints suggest that at least some congestion is due to signal timing issues. Further, complaints and field observations suggest that many congestion issues arise around schools during drop-off and dismissal times.
I. Commissioner Esteban Bovo – Long Term County Vision
a. Description of the Problem
b. Town Policies & Initiatives
c. Ideas to Generate Discussion
a. Congestion factors
b. Adaptive signals technology
a. Gratigny Expressway
a. Work Program Projects
b. Palmetto Expressway and Intersection Impacts at 154th St., 67th Ave. and 57th Ave.
a. Overview of Transit Service in the Area
b. Transit Development Program / Planned Projects
VII. Miami-Dade County Public Works, Frank Aira, Chief of Traffic Signals and Signs, Joan Shen, Chief of Traffic Engineering and Antonio Cotarelo, County Engineer/Deputy Director
a. Improvements planned
VIII. Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Carlos Roa, Executive Director
a. Miami Lakes TDM Partnership
b. Alternative Modes Marketing Campaign