For Immediate Release
November 9, 2015
Contact: Jackie Calzadilla
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes held a Transportation Summit on July 31, 2015, that included elected officials and representatives of the relevant transportation agencies after the Council directed staff to hold an event to gather the appropriate expertise and brainstorm ideas to address the Town’s persistent traffic and transportation challenges.
Based on the ideas generated at the summit, a list of strategies recommended for the Town to pursue was presented at the October 6 regular Town Council meeting and the resolution has passed. The recommended strategies will be included in the Town’s Strategic Plan, and Town staff is authorized, with the Council’s endorsement, to pursue the presented ideas with responsible outside agencies, as well as make grant requests and recommend appropriations to implement these strategies.
Councilman Tony Lama stated, "Our decision to act is a direct response to the expressed frustrations and requests from Miami Lakes residents to improve our traffic conditions. Councilman Rodriguez and I, with Town Staff support, brought in the best regional minds on transportation and we have created a list of initiatives to execute upon! I'm proud of the work we are doing and happy that the whole council supported us with this initiative. This is a top priority for Miami Lakes."
Some of the recommended strategies that will be adopted in the near future include the improvement of traffic signal priority at intersections utilizing technology or more police; 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; Pursue staggering of start and dismissal times of public schools within the Town; 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.; 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.
For the full list of recommended strategies, please visit: www.mlmoover.com.