A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How living in Miami Beach used to make me smile…
“The mayor is also concerned about how this construction will effect traffic. The City has done its best to work with FDOT to make the project as painless to the residents as possible. Please continue to share your thoughts with the mayor. Your feelings are very important to her.”
I felt emboldened and encouraged that the mayor cared about my feelings. But what was their plan for pedestrian safety?
The current nighttime work is to restripe West Avenue from 17 Street to 6 Street in order to prepare for the next phase of work on Alton Road. The contractor is completing this work at night because the striping operation requires lane closures and potential detours. We understand the ongoing work has been difficult, and the team will continue to do its best to mitigate the inconveniences.
I live at 13th and West Avenue. I am a Senior Records Clerk for a local Police Department and my wife is employed a a local Hospital as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. We have two daughters under the age of 2. We have lived at the same address for over 10 years. West Avenue is not the same roadway as when we first began living here. There have been so many occasions where my family have sat at the crosswalk on West Ave and 14th Street as car after car passes us by, not so much as giving us a glance. Recently, I entered the crosswalk and an oncoming vehicle southbound did not slow down. I had to throw my daughter behind me and scream at the top of my lungs for a car to stop in the far left lane. When he did, he actually gave me the finger and told me to get out of the way. My wife and I no longer cross West Avenue at all. It is not the same for my family, let alone the other many families who live in the area, or the many elderly citizens who frequent this intersection. I watch from my balcony as cars fly by, not yielding whatsoever to pedestrians who have the right of way. Now that southbound West Avenue has been increased to two lanes it is more dangerous than ever. Without a stoplight, or a speed bump of some kind, it is without question that it is a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed at that intersection.
I feel as excited about this basic safety improvement as I would for the fanciest Birthday gift! Finally, our concerns were heard and the powers that be show that they actually care…or do they?
Still nothing has happened on 13th Street or 14th Streets. Ms Leslie has informed me that “The final design plans for the temporary signal at 14 Street have been completed and the materials are currently being procured. The light will be installed once the materials arrive. As discussed, these pedestrian features require engineering plans, as well as the coordination with the various agencies.“) . I emailed FDOT a link to some traffic calming devices on Amazon, for $1600 and asked why they couldn’t just buy one of those but I guess they were not amused by that suggestion.
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