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The People's Transportation Plan
The People's Transportation Plan (PTP), the half-penny transportation surtax overwhelmingly approved by Miami-Dade County voters in November 2002, included $476 million for public works projects. The PTP funds to be provided to the Transportation and Public Works Department were for major highway and road improvements totaling $309 million, and for neighborhood improvements totaling $167 million.
These projects are outlined in Exhibit 1 of the PTP, with specific major highway and road improvement projects listed under the Board Requested Projects . As of September 2012, approximately $275 million have been expended toward the implementation of the PTP program.
Since December 2005, the Department has been working to implement its new, state-of-the-art Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS). Once fully implemented, the system will:
- synchronize all traffic signals -- more than 2,700 -- in the County
- provide real time video surveillance of signalized intersections
- allow the Traffic Control Center to adjust signal timing in order to increase the number of vehicles able to pass through the County's major roadways
- reduce side-street delays.
Currently, Phases I and II of the project are complete, with all County traffic signals synchronized with the ATMS. The Department is commencing Phase III of the project, which will provide reliable high-speed communication, video surveillance and video vehicle detection to signalized intersections. Traffic signal synchronization is just one of many projects which improve traffic flow and roadway conditions that are being funded by the PTP.
Since the implementation of the PTP program, the Department has been actively developing all PTP-funded projects. As of September 2012, a total of 45 site specific projects, and approximately 1,064 neighborhood improvement projects, have been identified. Substantial progress has been made on 43 of the 45 site specific projects.
More specifically, 26 projects are complete, one project is under construction, eight projects have a completed design and are undergoing right-of-way acquisition, four projects are under design, four projects are being coordinated with a municipality through a Joint Participation Agreement, and two projects are currently in the planning process.
Among the major roadway projects completed: the Miami Gardens Drive Connector from US-1 to the William Lehman Causeway; new access to Country Walk; Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, which featured various roadway and drainage improvements from SW 37th to 32nd Avenue; SW 97th Avenue from SW 40th Street to SW 72th Street; Miami Avenue from SW 15th Road to 25th Road; the widening of Northwest 62nd Avenue from two to four lanes between NW 105th Street and 138th Street; the opening of SW 157 Avenue as a four-lane road from SW 112th Avenue to SW 136th Avenue; SW 62nd Avenue from SW 24th Street to NW 7th Street; and the NW 138th Street Bridge over the Miami River Canal.
PTP-funded roadway projects that will facilitate the movement of traffic and people in the upcoming years include: NW 87th Avenue between NW 154th Street and Miami Gardens Drive; NW 74th Street between the Florida Turnpike and the Palmetto Expressway; NW 137th Avenue from NW North River Drive to NW 79th Street; SW 27th Avenue between US-1 and South Bayshore Drive; and SW 157th Avenue between SW 152th Street and SW 184th Street.
Additionally, the Department has completed the implementation of more than 898 neighborhood improvement projects that include roadway resurfacings, ADA sidewalk accessibility, drainage improvements, traffic signals, traffic calming devices, arterial street lighting, internally-illuminated street name signs and school flashing signals. These improvements have enhanced safety and mobility throughout Miami-Dade County, and have improved the quality of life within our neighborhoods.
Internally-illuminated street name signs have been installed at more than 1,800 intersections, making it easier for motorists to read street name signs. Additionally, street signs are being replaced throughout the County at an approximate rate of 70 intersections a week, with more than 25,000 replaced so far.
School safety is another PTP goal. The half-penny surtax has funded the installation of more than 100 new flashing signals in school zones, and is funding the installation of 300 Dynamic Driver Speed Feedback Signs at schools throughout the County advising drivers of their travelling speed. The PTP is also funding the Safe Routes to School Improvements in a cooperative effort with Miami-Dade Public Schools and the Florida Department of Transportation. These projects improve safe access for children who walk or ride their bicycles to school.
Improving transportation throughout Miami-Dade County is one of the major goals of the PTP. With the Department projects funded with PTP dollars, residents and visitors can look forward to an improved driving experience and reduced traffic delays.
For more information, please contact 305-375-2960 or visit the PTP website.
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