Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, Jr. applauds Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Miami-Dade Legislative leaders in identifying solutions to reduce congestion on the Palmetto Expressway
MIAMI-DADE – At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has worked closely with Miami-Dade legislative leaders to identify significant solutions to meet the congestion needs on the Palmetto Expressway. With safety as the top priority, the solutions include modified access points and revised lane configurations throughout the corridor.
For several months, FDOT has worked closely with legislative leaders as well as local stakeholders to reach a solution that would provide a lasting positive impact for motorists in Miami-Dade County. The planned enhancements will include:
- Adding an additional general-purpose lane in the southbound direction,
- Reducing the managed lanes in the northbound direction from two to one, and
- Creating an access point into the managed lanes from NW 122nd Street.
“Thank you, Governor Ron DeSantis, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Speaker Jose Oliva, Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. and Representative Bryan Avila for your collaborative efforts and responding to the public outcry in Miami-Dade County,” Commissioner Bovo said. “Over the last six months, our residents have continually faced choosing between gridlock or paying for inefficient managed express lanes along the Palmetto Expressway. Since its inception, I led several efforts voicing our commuter’s anguish. I introduced legislation at the Board of County Commissioners which opposed the managed toll lanes on the Palmetto Expressway and urged FDOT to restore the Palmetto to a toll-free expressway. I also later introduced legislation supporting Representative Bryan Avila’s and Senator Manny Diaz, Jr.’s legislation to remove the express lanes along the Palmetto. Today’s announcement is a step closer to giving our residents transportation solutions to enhance their quality of life.”