The FDOT has plans to resurface 79th Street in 2014, yet it looks like very little will be done to improve safety for pedestrians along this poorly designed street. 79th Street from Biscayne Bay to I95 has 3 lanes going west to east and 1 lane going east to west. The eastbound lanes have a design speed of 45mph+ through the heart of the city. This is unconscionable and downright irresponsible of the FDOT.
The FDOT is touting that they will “Install five new mid-block pedestrian crossings at various locations, including near the Little River Branch Library”. Really? This is the best they can do? How about crosswalks at every intersection? Crosswalks at every intersection should be the FDOT’s minimum safety standard. More importantly, this road needs to be converted back into two lanes in each direction with one street parking; 82nd Street should also be converted back into a two-way. Additionally, either bike lanes or sharrows need to be added to the scope of this project.
Please attend this meeting on March 6th. Unfortunately, I will not be unable to attend. Transit Miami will be following this project very closely and making plenty of noise about it.
- FDOT and the Resurfacing of NE 79th Street. Why 79th Street Matters to the Complete Streets Movement in Miami?
- “Dead man in street blocking traffic at Biscayne Blvd. and 79th St.”
- FDOT Making Brickell Safety Improvements for Cars, not Pedestrians
- Miami Beach Street Improvements: We Want Bike Lanes!
- Are Pedestrians Invisible in the Urban Planning Process?
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