Construction was completed today on the 18-Mile Stretch connecting Florida mainland to the Keys, CBS Miami reported, and transportation officials gathered to dedicate the renovated road.
The $330 million project began in January 2005 after more than 15 years of debate over how to ensure the road would be environmentally friendly. The road has one wide lane going in each direction — a concession to those who feared a four-lane road would spur overdevelopment — and wide shoulders for breakdowns and accidents. It was also designed with underpass crossings for wildlife and to restore natural water flow to the Florida Bay. [CBS Miami]