The Express Toll Lane Ramp project on Killian/ SW 104th Street has been cancelled! We finally won one for the community!
We want to thank State Representative Frank Artiles and his staff for listening to the Roll Back Tolls and the community. We also want to give a big RBT thank you to FDOT secretary Ananth Prasad for being accessible and listening to our concerns. Read full statement below.
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) today announced the cancellation of the Killian Parkway Express Lane Direct Access Ramps. These direct access ramps are one component of the overall Turnpike Widening Project from Killian to Bird Road in Miami-Dade County.
The Turnpike Widening Project is designed to improve safety, increase mobility and relieve traffic congestion for Turnpike customers. The Killian Direct Access Ramps would have included direct access from Killian Parkway to Turnpike Express Lanes, the coordination of signals, added protected left turn movements and providing exclusive turn lanes separated from the intersection through movements.
Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) works daily with our local partners to identify projects that will create jobs and improve safety and mobility on Florida’s roadways. FDOT recognizes the importance of listening and responding to the concerns of the local communities.”
Throughout the public outreach process on the Turnpike Widening Project from Killian Parkway to Bird Road, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) received a substantial amount of public input on the Killian Parkway Direct Access Ramps. While FDOT’s traffic analysis for the Killian Ramps showed improved traffic conditions for the Turnpike system, the local community voiced concerns that the proposed interchange modifications may impact the traffic surrounding the Devon Aire K-8 School.
Representative Artiles said, “I appreciate Secretary Prasad for listening to the concerns of my community. I worked closely with the Florida Department of Transportation to ensure our community concerns were addressed.”
The Killian Direct Access Ramps did not receive the local support necessary to invest the resources required to move forward and will not be included in the Turnpike Widening Project in Miami-Dade County.
Raena L. Wright
Representative Frank Artiles
13501 SW 128th Street, Suite 115
Miami, FL 33186