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Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

Florida State Sen. Manny Díaz has been driving on the Palmetto Expressway since he got his license more than 30 years ago.

Traffic has never been worse, he said. Residents agree.

Now, the Florida Department of Transportation is suspending tolls on State Road 826 and rolling back the express lane program that critics say has created more traffic issues than it solved.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging plans to widen roadways in primary habitat for the endangered Florida panther, the official state animal.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Florida's Department of Transportation announced Thursday an immediate directive for more rail safety measures across the state as well as a new education initiative about rail safety called Operation STRIDE. 

PEDRO PORTAL / Miami Herald

Failures in design, lack of adequate oversight and systematic negligence led to the fatal collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge, federal investigators concluded nearly two years after the deadly incident.

‘Screaming Something Was Wrong’: Feds Fault FIU, State And Contractors For Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 23, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

During a hearing Tuesday on last year’s deadly Florida International University pedestrian footbridge collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a flawed design with “significant errors.”

Top State Engineer Blames FIU And Contractor For Road Staying Open Before Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 9, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

The busy highway under Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge, which crumbled in March 2018 and killed six people, should have been closed while crews were trying to repair cracks in a critical support strut, a top engineer with Florida’s Department of Transportation told federal investigators.

In a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board released on Tuesday, Will Watts, the chief engineer for FDOT, wrote that FIU and its contractor were responsible for asking the state to close Tamiami Trail — but never did.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

There's one drawbridge left along the Overseas Highway, the only road connecting the Florida Keys. As of Sunday, Sept. 8, that bridge will be closed at night for maintenance five nights a week.

Streets of Wynwood
WLRN file

The Florida Department of Transportation is exploring potential new exits off of Interstate 95, directly into Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The proposed exit ramps would lead directly into the heart of the area on Northwest 29th Street, according to FDOT documents seen by WLRN.

In recent years, Wynwood has become one of the largest tourist destinations in the region. But to access the neighborhood, I-95 drivers have to either pass it and get off on the north, near the Midtown area, or on the south, near the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Miami Herald file

By Jim Saunders / News Service of Florida

 

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation are urging a circuit judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new law that overhauls the operation of expressways in Miami-Dade County.

MIAMI HERALD

From the newly approved, record-breaking extension of the Suncoast Parkway to the future Naples-area toll road toward Interstate 4 near Orlando, tollways are multiplying in the Sunshine State.

JOHN VAN BEEKUM/FLORIDA CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING / Miami Herald

There’s a war going on in Florida between the state legislature and environmental groups around the state. At stake is the biggest toll highway expansion the state has seen in more than  half a century. Legislation  has passed to expand the Suncoast Parkway, extend  Florida's Turnpike and create a new toll road connecting Polk and Collier counties. The bill was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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The Weston City Commission Monday night rejected a state plan to build a park-and-ride meant to improve mass transit service from southwest Broward County to Miami, amid mounting public disapproval of the project.

The unanimous vote against the project rescinds the commission’s previous support of the proposal for the $11.4 million park-and-ride lot off Interstate 75 near Weston’s entrance. Members of the commission cited in their decision residents’ concerns that the project is unnecessary and could increase crime in surrounding areas.

A Florida state senator wants to know why the state's Department of Transportation paid a company $3.6 million to drop its challenge to the awarding of another company with a lucrative contract to overhaul Florida's toll road system. 

PUBLIC DOMIAN

A 2017 Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles report found there were 66,000 vehicle crashes in Miami-Dade County that year, of which 32,000 were injuries and 285 were fatalities. That makes Miami-Dade County  among the most dangerous regions in the state when it comes to accidents. That year, South Florida also ranked the 11th most dangerous region for pedestrians in the country. 

Connecting Miami / Courtesy

Many Miami commuters will likely see a change in their route in the near future. 

A massive, $800 million, four-year construction project began Monday, Jan 14, that will affect Interstate-95, Interstate-395 and State Road 836 in downtown Miami. 

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