Tollmageddon Hits Kendall
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise announces construction of northern leg of their Express Lane widening from Killian Drive (SW 104th street) north to Sunset Drive (SW 72nd street). The highway will be widened from 6 lanes to ten lanes to accommodate new express lanes (aka Lexus Lanes) on the inside portion of the road.
A small but important victory for Roll Back Tolls and the Kendall/Devon Aire community.
Last year Roll Back Tolls was instrumental in organizing a heavy opposition to the Florida Turnpike’s proposal to build an express lane access ramp at the Killian Parkway overpass next to a school and residential homes.
With the help of state representative Frank Artiles and former FDOT secretary Ananth Prasad, a terrible idea was defeated. We continue to thank representative Artiles for listening and representing his constituents. Also, we commend former FDOT secretary Prasad for his access and engagement during this process.
Our group was able to expose that the FTE had done little to no research on the safety and traffic impacts to the Devon Aire K-8 school, surrounding neighborhoods and general West Kendall area.
We are thankful that common sense and logic prevailed in this instance.