Florida Department of Transportation

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.

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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. 

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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. 

The Florida Department of Transportation is working on new technology that will detect wrong way drivers on Florida highways. An increase in wrong way collisions has lead to the Howard Frankland Bridge being chosen for the upcoming pilot test.

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Pressure is growing against the private company in charge of handling SunPass fees and millions of Floridians are facing major headaches with the toll system's billing.

Conduent State & Local Solutions, the company SunPass contracts for payment processing, has been experiencing technical problems since June. Thousands of SunPass customers have received inaccurate bills and some have even been double-billed.

Miami Herald

Florida residents will no longer get a free pass traversing most stretches of Florida’s Turnpike or certain local expressways across the state.

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, tolls on a vast majority of Florida’s Turnpike system, all state roads and bridges, and all regional toll facilities will be re-instated.

Florida Department of Transportation

It's intended to connect the MacArthur Causeway with I-95 and the Dolphin Expressway, but a project to improve I-395 has divided Miami-Dade leaders and the Florida Department of Transportation. And with FDOT's selection of a project contractor on Friday, local leaders say the state transportation agency has work to do to bridge an ideological gap.

Turnpike Reopens After Sinkholes Repaired

Aug 28, 2016
CBS4, via Miami Herald

Holes may have sunk part of Florida's Turnpike, but at least they haven't sunk Monday's morning commute.

Emergency repairs concluded around 10 a.m. Sunday to fix two large holes that developed on the southbound turnpike near Northwest 199th Street and Hard Rock Stadium. Florida Department of Transportation officials say a broken water line caused initial depressions in the roadway to develop around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Daniel Oines / WLRN

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.

 

Protesters Push For Chance To Vote On Florida Tolls

Oct 8, 2015
Audrey Armitage

As the Florida Department of Transportation turns a century old, protesters statewide are staging a 100-hour demonstration against raising tolls without voter approval.

Organized by political action committee D.R.I.V.E. (Drivers Ready to Improve, Vote and Empower), the event aims to boost support for an amendment to the Florida constitution that would allow the public to vote on future toll increases.

FDOT

An internal FDOT report shows more and more drivers are plowing past bright yellow “closed” signs and getting into 95 Express when the lanes are technically shut down for accidents or broken-down vehicles. But the Florida Highway Patrol can’t enforce the signs because they’re the wrong color: yellow-on-black  instead of black-and-white.

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