The Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade County Expressway are planning future improvements to the Palmetto Expressway from I-75 to the Golden Glades Interchange at I-95. The Project Development and Environmental Study, or PD&E, will evaluate lane additions, managed (toll) lanes, safety and bus rapid transit. The Study runs from 2011 to 2014.
The Miami Gardens City Council enacted a resolution to officially express the City’s vision for the Palmetto Expressway. The City’s primary interest addresses the NW 167th Street one-way pair frontage road system, adjacent to the Expressway. The vision for that street was articulated in a special urban design project Mayor Shirley Gibson participated in as part of the 2006 Florida Atlantic University Design Institute. Miami Gardens’ vision includes improvements and enhancements that relate to improved livability including:
• Enhancing access to businesses and our two universities, St. Thomas and Florida Memorial
• Improving neighborhood livability for adjacent residences
• Multi-Use Sidewalks – 10’ width; Curb and Gutter, Bicycle/Pedestrian, landscape buffer between curb and sidewalk
• Crosswalks with Pavers/Stamped Concrete
• Lighting – Pedestrian oriented
• Improved Business Driveways
By formally submitting and requesting that these ideas be incorporated into the Palmetto Expressway PD&E Study, the City will be positioned for future high quality developments.
If you have any questions regarding this project or the PD& E Study, please contact contact Jay Marder, AICP, Development Services Director, City of Miami Gardens at 305- 622-8025 or Dat Huynh, PE, Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation, at 305-470-5217.