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Extending the 836/Dolphin Expressway over protected wetlands in Miami-Dade County is drawing new scrutiny from South Florida water managers.

Tony Tur

While the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in downtown Miami, you might want to hit the road early to make it home in time to watch it on TV.

The first Democratic debates ahead of the 2020 presidential election are 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center. While it’s not clear which of the 20 Democratic candidates will make the biggest impression on voters, one thing is guaranteed: traffic.

Street racing, vegetable gardens and opioid abuse are among the topics of several bills Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into Florida law Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, DeSantis will sign a bill this morning on the University of South Florida's Office of Veteran Success. 

DAVID SANTIAGO / MIAMI HERALD

As the nation prepares for the first Democratic debates, Miami drivers should prepare for the traffic it will bring.

Although the debates start at 9 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, road closures will begin hours before that.

On both Wednesday and Thursday, Biscayne Boulevard between Northeast 13th and Northeast 14th streets will be completely closed in both directions from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Miami police said. All traffic heading north and south will be rerouted.

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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.

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Driverless semi-trucks could be sharing Florida highways as early as next year, and there will be no requirement that surrounding motorists know it.

Nor will autonomous driving systems need to be tested, inspected, or certified before being deployed under a new state law that takes effect July 1, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Graphic from MIAMI URBAN FUTURE INITIATIVE / Courtesy

A new study looking at how much time people spend stuck in traffic links widespread economic inequality to a lack of access to public transportation.  

Alexia Fodere / Miami Herald

The state Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would dissolve Miami-Dade County’s toll roads agency, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX).

The proposal, sponsored by two Miami Republicans, Rep. Bryan Avila of Miami Springs and Sen. Manny Diaz of Hialeah Gardens, would replace MDX with a new board, which would take over MDX’s five expressways. Current MDX board members would  not be able to join the new board.

Bus Tropical
Katie Lepri / WLRN

Robert Rutherford is behind the wheel at least five days a week, which means that inspiration for a story can hit him at any bus stop.  

The Wilton Manors native is a driver for Broward County Transit and also the author of a blog that documents what he sees in his drives across the county. 

The blog is called Bus Tropical. It's a play-on-words for a subtropical climate (bus spelled backwards is sub).  

A bill that would set a cap on toll roads in Miami-Dade County has passed the full House. Bill sponsor Hialeah Republican Representative Bryan Avila says what the Expressway Authority is not doing its job. 

Why Pedestrian Deaths Are At A 30-Year High

Mar 28, 2019

Across the U.S., 6,227 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2018, the highest number in nearly 30 years. The findings from a Governors Highway Safety Association report show that many of these deaths occurred in big cities like Houston and Miami.

The signs are all over most cities — stretches of road without crosswalks and people needing to walk on roads built for rush-hour traffic. But the real increase, experts say, comes from larger trends: drivers and pedestrians distracted by their phones and a growth of larger vehicles on the road.

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.

Linda Robertson

Cut-through traffic has gotten so bad in one formerly tranquil pocket of Coral Gables that a pickup truck barreling through the neighborhood lost control and rammed into a house, coming to a stop with its nose nudging into the living room. A black skid mark is still visible on the yellow pillar by the front door.

It has come to this in gridlocked Miami: Drivers desperately seeking shortcuts to avoid traffic jams are frightening and angering people who just want to jog, bike, chat or walk their dogs on their own neighborhood streets.

screenshot: Pennyfortransportation.com / Broward County

If you are an average commuter in Broward County, it takes you a little less than half an hour to get to work. Or it may take you almost an hour. The difference is how you get to work.

The usual trip to work in Broward has been steady over the past several years -- running about 27 minutes according to data from the Census Bureau. But if you ride public transit in Broward County the average commute has climbed from 48 minutes in 2009 to 53 minutes in 2016.

Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

During the peak of rush hour in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, anywhere between 1,500 and nearly 2,000 cars are driving up and down Andrews Avenue every hour. 

Add all that up and it looks like up to 22,000 cars travel that section of the city per day, according to data from the Florida Department of Transportation. 

One idea to speed things up is to convert Andrews Avenue and Third Avenue into one-way roads. 

 

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