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Broward County Gets A Little Closer To Being Pedestrian Friendly

Daniel Oines
Part of Broward County's TIGER grant money will be used for connecting and adding widened bike lanes.

More than 11 million dollars are heading to Broward County to make roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.


The Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization was granted a special grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, a TIGER grant, otherwise known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.


“We really sky-rocketed in development during the seventies, so it was all about the car during that time," said Peter Gies, regional transportation planner with the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization.


"We focused a lot of our infrastructure on providing nice wide roads that people could travel from one location to another at a very high rate of speed,” said Gies.


This new grant will remedy that by providing funds to widen sidewalks and add bike lanes along six roads in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Oakland Park and Lauderdale Lakes.


Riverland Rd. and Southwest 27th Ave., Hammondville Rd., Powerline Rd., Northwest 31st Ave., and Lauderdale Lakes Greenway will be renovated.


Local governments in the county are providing an additional seven-million-dollars to cover costs.


Gies said the projects should take five to six years to complete.