For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
Contact: Nicole Singletary
Miami Lakes, FL - On Monday, January 23rd Lieutenant Governor Carlos López-Cantera visited Miami Lakes to review progress made on several State-funded projects within the Town and discussed the Town’s priorities for the upcoming 17-18 legislative session.
Canal Bank Stabilization Project
The Town of Miami Lakes possesses almost nine (9) linear miles of canals within its boundaries. These conduits for the drainage system are necessary to maintain public safety and health. Many of the drainage canals throughout the Town were built decades ago and have experienced significant bank erosion. Erosion is widespread, occurring adjacent to private properties, Town land and roadways, compromising the structural efficacy. The project includes construction of canal stabilization to complete approximately 7,000 linear feet of the Golden Glades Canal along the north boundary of the Town of Miami Lakes (NW 170th Street), from NW 78th Avenue to Interstate 75 (I-75) on the south bank residential side. The Town received $1,000,000 in grant funds through the FY2014 legislative appropriations process for the first phase, and is again requesting an additional $1M.
Storm Water Funding - West Lakes Drainage Improvements
The West Lakes community, in the southwestern portion of the Town of Miami Lakes, continues to be adversely impacted by flooding events, and is addressed as a priority project in the Storm Water Master Plan. The West Lakes Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding for over 700 Miami Lakes residents living in the area. All localized flooding will be virtually eliminated once the project is complete. Thanks to the State Legislature, the Town received $300,000 towards Phase A-1 (completed) and $300,000 for Phase A-2. For the FY17-18 Session, the Town has requested an additional $650,000 to complete the project.
Storm Water Funding – Lakes Sarah, Adela, Hilda, Mary and Suzy Drainage Improvements
The Lake Sarah, Adela, Hilda, Mary and Suzy (SAHMS) communities in the Town of Miami Lakes have also been addressed as priority areas in the Storm Water Master Plan. The total market value of the estimated 622 impacted homes is conservatively estimated at approximately $93 million. The proposed system has the potential to prevent private property structural and content damages. The Project increases storm water management capacity and reduces severe repetitive flooding. The total construction cost is estimated at $1.8M; The Town is requesting $328,600 to complete the project.
59th Avenue Extension Project
This project is of great significance to open and expand connectivity to and from the business district. The project would benefit the Town and neighboring jurisdictions by improving transportation infrastructure, increasing access to commerce, and expanding economic opportunities in this region by diverting local traffic from 57th Avenue to 59th Avenue. In addition, the project will include a storage yard for Public Works equipment and materials, as well as a boat storage facility for Town residents to be operated by the private sector through a revenue sharing agreement with the Town. The Town is requesting $1M to purchase the property from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department to design and construct a bridge and roadway improvement to connect residential and commercial population to an industrious business district.
87th Avenue Ramp to Miami-Dade Expressway (MDX) 924 Extension West (Gratigny) to the Homestead of the Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT) Project
This project is consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan, 2025 Strategic Plan, and Transportation Master Plan. The 87th Avenue ramp will enhance regional connectivity and improve transportation infrastructure. The Town is requesting $1M to partially subsidize the construction of a new 87th Avenue access ramp to the Gratigny which is to be included into the MDX existing 924 West Extension project plans.
To view the Town’s FY 17-18 Legislative Session Priority Requests, please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/17legpriorities