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City seeks solutions for Biscayne Boulevard traffic

March 05, 2014 03:00PM

Biscayne Boulevard traffic

Biscayne Boulevard traffic

As gridlock worsens along Biscayne Boulevard, officials are looking for solutions to decongest the thoroughfare. This week the development authority, city officials, Miami-Dade County officials, the Florida Department of Transportation and others gathered to discuss solutions to the traffic, according to Miami Today.

“We are growing as a community, and, yes, we have traffic, but there are places in Miami that have worse traffic,” Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, said. “We do have the option of public transit… People park out farther and take transit into the core of the city.”

Currently, the transportation department is not considering adding capacity to Biscayne Boulevard, which sees more than 45,000 vehicles on a typical day. But a new construction project might help ease conditions north of downtown.

A road project on Biscayne Boulevard at I-395 will widen the roadway and bridges to provide three eastbound and three westbound travel lanes.

“When vehicles use Biscayne Boulevard during events or when there are multiple events occurring within the same time period, demand often exceeds capacity, resulting in congestion,” said Maribel Lena, a public information officer with Florida Department of Transportation’s District Six office in Miami. [Miami Today]Christopher Cameron