A new entrance ramp for drivers traveling the westbound SR 836/Dolphin Expressway extension to NW 137th Avenue is now open at NW 107th Avenue. The new ramp gives drivers in Doral an alternative to bypass congestion on the surface roads by taking SR 836 to the far western portions of unincorporated Miami-Dade County.
Previously, drivers wanting to drive the westbound SR 836 extension from the Doral area could only use the NW 87th Avenue entrance ramp as an access point. With the new entrance, drivers have a more direct connection to the most popular and furthest reaching expressway in Miami-Dade County.
“The growth and congestion in the western suburbs has required that we make improvements to our system near the population centers,” MDX Deputy Director/ Director of Engineering Juan Toledo said. “This new ramp is one of several projects that will improve congestion in this area.”
This spring, MDX will begin the reconstruction of the SR 836/NW 87th Avenue interchange which
will include a new entrance ramp to westbound SR 836 from NW 12th Street that will remove traffic from the interchange reducing congestion. MDX is also partnering with Miami-Dade Transit to construct a nearby park-and-ride facility and the shoulders of the expressway are being built to accommodate Miami-Dade Transit buses during peak travel times providing a transit alternative to commuting by car.
The new NW 107th Avenue entrance ramp construction, which was completed in approximately seven months, also included the relocation of an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) fiber optic cable. The ITS uses fiber optic communications to allow traffic agencies to communicate with each other and help report traffic conditions. As part of a separate project contractors will install Dynamic Message Signs on SR 836 to allow important traffic information to be displayed to the public. Drivers will be aware of closed lanes, accidents and delays on the highway so they can adjust their route if necessary.
MDX operates and maintains five user-supported expressways in Miami-Dade County – SR 112/Airport Expressway, SR 836/Dolphin Expressway, SR 874/Don Shula Expressway, SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway, and SR 924/Gratigny Parkway. MDX expressways are funded by toll revenue, which is reinvested back into the community and funds the construction of projects that alleviate traffic congestion, create thousands of local jobs and provide new opportunities to small and local businesses. The agency also gives back a portion of its annual revenue to drivers through the MDX Cash Back Toll Dividend Program.