Anyone interested in commenting on the expansion of I-395 into a super highway that will further blight our downtown core should attend this meeting! We need to let FDOT know that people come before cars.

I-395 Public Hearing Scheduled

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at the Lyric Theater, 819 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida. The hearing will begin as an open house from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Miami, Florida — The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six has scheduled a public hearing regarding the proposed enhancements to I-395 from the Midtown Interchange (I-95/SR 836/I-395) to the MacArthur Causeway in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at the Lyric Theater, 819 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida. The hearing will begin as an open house from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m.

This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design; and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed enhancements to this segment of Interstate 395. The need for enhancements is based on a combination of substandard traffic conditions, urban planning objectives and the interaction with other planned facility enhancements impacting the proposed project area. Project objectives include the study of the following issues: increase capacity to prevent existing and future traffic congestion, improve safety by alleviating existing deficiencies, explore access issues and establish proper continuity.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement along with other pertinent information developed by the Department will be available for public review on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Tuesday, August 4, 2009 to Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Community Outreach Office, 939 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Miami, Florida. These materials will also be available at the hearing site from 6 p.m. until the end of the hearing. Persons desiring to submit written statements and other exhibits, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the hearing or by sending them to: Vilma Croft, P.E, Project Manager, at FDOT District Six, 1000 N.W. 111th Avenue, Room 6111A, Miami, Florida 33172. All exhibits or statements postmarked on or before September 4, 2009 will become a part of the public hearing record.

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10 Responses to I-395 Meeting in Overtown Tomorrow!

  1. Rog in Miami Gardens says:

    I’m definitely going to try and make it. I am leery of so-called “improvements” to highways because study upon study reveal that expanding road ways only alleviates traffic temporarily. It’s like a self-defeating cycle. The goal should be to usher citizens away from car usage, not to encourage them to continue. But, I will try to attend to see what these improvements are about before I come to conclusions. Thanks for the heads-up, Tony.

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  2. Mike Lydon says:

    Exactly Rog! There is also a real environmental justice component to this one. The cancer rates and pollution within proximity to highways is exponentially higher than in other urban locations.

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  3. Tony Garcia says:

    ROG did you go?

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  4. Erdina says:

    Hi Tony,

    Is there anyway to get the Draft Environmental Impact Statement online?
    Where can I go to get more information on this topic?

    I am a Miami native and I attend the University of Notre Dame. I am taking a course in Environmental Justice and I am looking for a research topic.

    >:)

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  5. Tony Garcia says:

    Hi Erdina, the environmental report is online, but I don’t have the web address handy. I’ll find it and post later today. I would be interested in reading your research paper when you finish!

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  6. Erdina says:

    Hi Tony!

    Any luck on finding that website? I need to submit the proposal for my paper tomorrow!

    I have been searching but I guess I’m not putting in the right key words. Any tips?

    Preferably, I would like to work on an environmental justice case with a draft environmental impact that still open for review, so even if you can’t find the website for the I-395 case, could you point me in the direction of other environmental issues in Miami?

    Thanks!

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  7. Tony Garcia says:

    Hi Erdina, The website that has all the information is:
    http://etdmpub.fla-etat.org/est/#
    Do a search for I-395, then look under the ‘Project Diary’ tab under ‘project Description’. Scroll to the bottom to find the Environmental Impact Statement, along with other documents.
    Let me know if this helps!

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  8. Erdina says:

    Hi Tony,

    THANKS A TON FOR YOUR HELP!
    I was able to make my deadline!

    So my professor liked topic and I finally found the Impact Assessment document.
    The point of the class is to find an environmental issue, assess the impact assessment, get scientific topics and prove why the government needs to alter some of it’s plans.

    I need to read through the assessment for I-395, but I fear that there either won’t be precise information or there won’t be a tangible solution to the problem.

    What do you think? Do you think the environmentally just improvements can be made to I-395 or should I focus on other topic?
    If so, what topic?

    Thanks and sorry for the book!

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  9. Tony Garcia says:

    Hi Erdina, glad to hear that you made your deadline! I think you can make a very compelling environmental argument against the preferred alternative of an elevated highway because it will increase automobile use. The environmental impact statement might be light on data, as FDOT sees little connection between highways and pollution (unfortunately), but there is a very tangible solution to the problem in removing the highway completely and making it an at-grade boulevard, while also proposing the addition of mass transit that will go to Miami Beach (along this same corridor). Look to other articles on Transit Miami about I-395 with renderings of what that alternative could look like.
    The argument for the new highway is future increases in traffic (not current increases). Their plan does not take into account greenhouse gases, neither does it seek to create much needed green space in the downtown core. An at-grade boulevard with more transit options would reduce ghg’s by getting people out of their cars, and allow for an extensive greenbelt from the bay to edge of Overtown – an great opportunity for habitat restoration by using native species.
    Sorry for my book. :)

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  10. Erdina says:

    Thanks Tony!

    This assignment is killing me!
    Our second draft of the proposal is due on Monday. If you give me your email addresses, I’ll send it to you.

    For my proposal, I need to be able to prove that Overtown has already suffered air pollution and the expansion of I-395 will make it worse.
    Do you know where I can find information on Overtown’s current pollution status?
    I tried the EPA’s website, but I’m looking for specifically the level of air pollutants like nitrogen oxide.

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