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Transportation Summit

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.

The Town then hosted a Community Forum on Transportation to provide a recap of the Town’s Transportation Summit and the strategies voted upon to be included in the Town's 2015-2025 Strategic Plan.

For adopted strategies with funding estimates, click here

For presentations made at the Community Forum, click pdf here (1.96 MB)  

Click on the pins located in the map below for more information on each of the Town's transportation projects.

transportation map

Background:

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.

Transportation Summit Presentations:

I. Commissioner Esteban Bovo – Long Term County Vision

II.  pdf Town of Miami Lakes, Brandon Schaad, Planning Director (6.25 MB)

a. Description of the Problem
b. Town Policies & Initiatives
c. Ideas to Generate Discussion

III. pdf Kimley-Horn & Associates, Jill Capelli and K.K. Saxena (3.18 MB)

a. Congestion factors
b. Adaptive signals technology

IV. pdf Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Juan Toledo, Deputy Director/Director of Engineering and Tere Garcia, Public Information Officer (1002 KB)

a. Gratigny Expressway

V. pdf Florida Department of Transportation, Lisa Colmenares, District VI Planning Manager (6.77 MB)  

a. Work Program Projects
b. Palmetto Expressway and Intersection Impacts at 154th St., 67th Ave. and 57th Ave.

VI. pdf Miami-Dade Transit, Gerald Bryan, Chief of Planning and Scheduling and Albert Hernandez Assistant Director for Engineering and Planning Development (1.90 MB)

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

IX. pdf South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS), Nancy Pierre-Louis and Sabrina Glen, Deputy Project Director (1.80 MB)

a. Miami Lakes TDM Partnership
b. Alternative Modes Marketing Campaign