The above graphic shows the Turnpike’s plan to modify the Killian Parkway/SW 104th Street overpass of the Turnpike to allow on and exit ramps for their new Express Toll Lanes Project. As indicated, this re-design will only provide access to the north bound driver wishing to use the Express Lanes. This project has already been approved by the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) and is fully funded. Construction is slated to begin in July of 2014. Estimated construction cost is $26 million.
A public hearing was held on on August 6th which we have heard was lightly attended by the public.
Concerns: Lowered pedestrian safety – Increased traffic to already heavily congested area(new signalized intersection) – Quality of life reduction for surrounding neighborhood, school and public park.
As in the past we wonder why so little public out reach was done. Yes, newspaper ads buried in the Neighbors section of the Miami Herald and direct mailings to homes within 300 feet of the project are the bare minimum the FDOT guideline demands. This needs to be updated! And it should reflect the way people consume information in 2013. Hardly anyone in the Kendall area knows anything about this Killian Parkway ramp redo. If the Florida Turnpike Enterprise really wants to inform the toll paying public about it’s plans, it should use the Sun Pass email and text message database to perform a proper outreach campaign.
The people of Kendall are waking up!
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise is holding a public information meeting regarding the Killian Parkway Express Toll Lane Ramp October 3rd at 6 pm. Location: Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th Street. We encourage the community to attend and voice opposition to the project.
If you or your homeowners association would like to get involved, please contact us via-email at firstname.lastname@example.org