The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on May 5 approved legislation aimed at reducing traffic congestion and enhancing safety along Old Cutler Road in South Dade.
County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava sponsored the resolution authorizing intersection improvements on Old Cutler Road through the construction of four traffic circles at the intersections of SW 67th Avenue, SW 136th Street, SW 152nd Street and SW 184th Street. The Village of Palmetto Bay led the design work for the traffic circles, which are known to decrease serious accidents while providing more continual flow through the intersection.
The intent of the project is to develop roadway improvements that will make traffic flow smoothly at all the intersections and along the entire roadway network on Old Cutler Road. The proposed improvements will not detract from the historical features of the road and will enhance safety within the municipalities of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.
The proposed traffic circles are intended to reduce the severity and frequency of accidents and are shown to cut deadly accidents at intersections by 70% or more. Traffic engineers expect the flow on Old Cutler Road to improve by almost 50% and improve by two grades along most of the corridor.
“These long-awaited road improvements will bring much needed solutions to the traffic congestion on Old Cutler Road,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “Most importantly, we made progress to enhance the safety for our local residents — drivers, cyclists and pedestrians — thanks to the collaboration we’ve developed between the County and our South Dade cities.”
Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham said, “What a great day for Palmetto Bay and South Dade! The traffic improvements for Old Cutler Road has been nearly five years in the making and will help to reduce commute times not just for Palmetto Bay but for all of South Dade. Thank you to Commissioner Cava, her staff, the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works, Palmetto Bay’s Public Service Director and Marlin Engineering for all their hard work in making this happen.”
The improvements to Old Cutler Road are a key part of the Traffic Solutions Plan that Commissioner Levine Cava spearheaded with community stakeholders in 2018.