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File Number: 132026
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File Number: 132026 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: GRADE SEPARATION AT SW 8 ST AND SW 107 AVE ENTRANCES TO FIU Introduced: 10/16/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 10/22/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A8SUBSTITUTE
Notes: SEE 132547 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON SW 8TH STREET IN THE VICINITY OF THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY MAIN CAMPUS, INCLUDING THE SW 8TH STREET CORRIDOR STUDY; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY STATE FUNDING TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THIS AREA; IDENTIFYING THIS ISSUE AS A CRITICAL COUNTY PRIORITY FOR THE 2014 SESSION [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 132002]
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  STATE FUNDING
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Juan C. Zapata, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/22/2013 11A8 SUBSTITUTE Amended
REPORT: NOTE: See Agenda No. 11A8 Substitue Amended, Legislative File132547 for the amended version.

Office of the Chairperson 10/18/2013 Additions

County Attorney 10/18/2013 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 10/18/2013

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON SW 8TH STREET IN THE VICINITY OF THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY MAIN CAMPUS, INCLUDING THE SW 8TH STREET CORRIDOR STUDY; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY STATE FUNDING TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THIS AREA; IDENTIFYING THIS ISSUE AS A CRITICAL COUNTY PRIORITY FOR THE 2014 SESSION

BODY
WHEREAS, Florida International University (FIU) has a student body of 50,000 students, and was the seventh (7th) largest public university by enrollment in the United States in the fall of 2012; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that there are more than 60,000 people [[associated with]]>>on campus at<<1 FIU when students, faculty and staff are considered together; and
WHEREAS, the main campus of FIU, the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, is located at 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Southwest Miami-Dade County, bounded by S.W. 8th Street to the north and S.W. 107th Avenue to the east; and
WHEREAS, S.W. 8th Street and S.W. 107th Avenue are both state roads that are heavily traveled, with the intersection of these two roads handling about 105,000 vehicles per day; and
WHEREAS, despite being the seventh (7th) largest public university, there are traffic signals at the intersection of S.W. 8th Street and S.W. 107th Avenue near the main entrances to the Modesto A. Maidique Campus of FIU; and
WHEREAS, [[previous studies of ]]>>during <>Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting on July 18, 2013, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad indicated<< that [[grade separation, such as overpasses, flyovers or underpasses, were needed at ]]>>he would have FDOT staff research traffic surrounding FIU; and
WHEREAS, <>MPO Governing Board has expressed concerns for some time regarding traffic conditions on SW<< 8th Street [[and S.W.]] >>in the vicinity of FIU, including the intersections at SW 87th Avenue, SW 97th Avenue and SW<< 107th Avenue[[ at the entrances to FIU]]; and
[[WHEREAS, a 2005 Grade Separation Study prepared for the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization includes the intersection of S.W. 8th Street and S.W. 107th Avenue for possible grade separation; and
WHEREAS, this project is on the long range list of transportation improvements in Miami-Dade County, but remains unfunded and needs to be included in the five (5) year Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Plan; and
WHEREAS, during the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting on July 18, 2013, FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad indicated that he would have FDOT staff research traffic surrounding FIU and such improvements; and
WHEREAS, grade separation at the intersection of S.W. 8th Street and S.W. 107th Avenue at the entrances to FIU would provide safety and benefit not only to FIU students, but also to the residents and business owners of the surrounding areas who suffer from extreme traffic congestion; and]]
>>WHEREAS, the Project Development and Engineering study recommended expanding the boundaries to evaluate the traffic impact of this project at other major intersections on SW 8th Street; and
WHEREAS, at the September 16, 2013 meeting, the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the scope of work and budget for the SW 8th Street Corridor Study; and
WHEREAS, the boundaries of the SW 8th Street Corridor Study are SW 8th Street from SW 74th Avenue to SW 122nd Avenue; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of the SW 8th Street Corridor Study is to determine and document the need for corridor improvements and to develop alternative solutions to alleviate traffic flow along the SW 8th Street corridor; and<<
WHEREAS, this Board [[would like to ]]>>strongly supports efforts to alleviate traffic congestion on SW 8th Street, including the SW 8th Street Corridor Study, and would<< urge the Florida Legislature>>, FDOT and the MPO<< to provide the necessary state funding to [[construct grade separation at]]>>alleviate traffic congestion in<< the [[intersection]]>>vicinity<< of [[S.W. 8th Street and S.W. 107th Avenue at ]]the [[entrances to]] FIU>> main campus<<; and
>>WHEREAS, ways to alleviate traffic congestion on SW 8th Street could include mass transportation elements, such as buses, trains and water transportation; and<<
WHEREAS, this Board would further like to identify this issue as one of Miami-Dade County’s critical priorities for the 2014 session,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. [[Urges the Florida Legislature to provide the necessary state funding to construct grade separation at the intersection of S.W.]]>>Supports efforts to alleviate traffic congestion on SW<< 8th Street [[and S.W. 107th Avenue at the entrances to]] >>in the vicinity of<< the Florida International University main campus[[. ]] >>, including the SW 8th Street Corridor Study, as well as study of possible mass transportation elements, such as buses, trains and water transportation.
Section 2. Urges the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization to provide the necessary state funding to alleviate traffic congestion in the vicinity of the Florida International University main campus.<<
Section [[2.]]>>3.<< Identifies the issue set forth in [[section]]>>sections<< 1 >>and 2<< above as a critical County priority for the 2014 State legislative session.
Section [[3.]]>>4.<< Directs the Clerk of this Board to send a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.
Section [[4.]]>>5.<< Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of legislation and funding as set forth in [[section]]>>sections<< 1 >>and 2<< above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item as a critical County priority in the 2014 State Legislative Package when it is presented to the Board.

1 The differences between the substitute and the original item are indicated as follows: Words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted, words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< are added.



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