New Expressway Proposal for Krome Avenue Is a Horrible Idea

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This way to more gridlock.
Driving on Krome Avenue is a journey through old Florida's last frontier -- a place before suburban sprawl, crippling traffic congestion, and overdevelopment choked our wonderful, incredible ecosystem.

Whenever Banana Republican has to hop from North Dade to South Dade, we take the two-lane road so we can enjoy the blissful scenery surrounding it.

But there is now a move afoot to destroy that serenity.

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), a semi-independent agency that manages the county's tolled highways, is on a mission to expand the Dolphin Expressway west of Florida's Turnpike. One of the proposed alignments could take a north-to-south turn along Krome, over land that is off-limits to more development.

Though the MDX doesn't yet have the funds to begin building the extension, the agency does have $6.9 million in taxpayer funds for an engineering firm to "study" the proposal for the next five years.

MDX officials told the Miami Herald the expansion is needed to provide relief for the far western suburbs of Miami-Dade, where homeowners sit in gridlock traveling east on local roads to get to the turnpike or the Palmetto Expressway. They're even designating Krome a "dangerous" road because its passing lanes increase the chances of head-on collisions.

Javier Rodriguez, executive director of MDX, told the Herald: "It's crazy what is happening out there. We have to deal with an existing problem that we have. How are we going to deal with growth?"

It's a classic scare tactic used by pro-development advocates to continue creating more sprawl in Miami-Dade. The only people who'd benefit are real estate developers, as well as the lobbyists sitting on the MDX board of directors.

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Nurserykrome
Nurserykrome

Environmental concern has to be a top priority for all of us; not less or more than public safety and well being. For all of us who travel via Krome avenue...not strolling to enjoy nature...but as a path to come and go to our farms, it is a crude reality to see deadly car accidents on Krome so often.  We just wonder if we might be next. A four lane Krome is not a sentimental project...it is a must for the farmers in the area. It is also the alternative evacuation road for the Florida Keys. Want better environmental topics...address the quarry mining along the everglades that is punching huge holes on the aquifer promoting evaporation and contamination. The Department of Agriculture was paying $8000 to close small 8" unused wells....compare that to the miles wide craters done during quarry mining !!

Schneezeglobs
Schneezeglobs

PUSHY ARROGANT POS RODNEY BARRETO WHO OWNS LAND AT SW 177 av and 136 St WILL SHILL FOR HIS OWN PROFIT AND GREED PUSH...OR FOR TAX MONEY TO IMPROVE DOLPHINS STADIUM.DEPORT HIM AND THE ILLEGAL ALIENS. NO DREAM ACT AMNESTY CRAP.

Schneezeglobs
Schneezeglobs

PUSHY ARROGANT CUBANO POS RODNEY BARRETO

WHO OWNS LAND AT SW 177 av and 136 St

WILL SHILL FOR HIS OWN PROFIT AND GREED PUSH...

OR FOR TAX MONEY TO IMPROVE DOLPHINS STADIUM.

Did you see how the mug macho scumbag stuck his finger in Michael Putney's face?

DEPORT HIM AND THE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

NO DREAM ACT AMNESTY CRAP.

janemiami
janemiami

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rollbacktolls
rollbacktolls

This is a terrible project.  MDX must be stopped NOW!  Sign the on line petition against their proposed 50% toll rate increase at Roll Back Tolls dot com

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

"The only people who'd benefit are real estate developers, as well as the lobbyists sitting on the MDX board of directors."

The people who live out there and deal will the traffic will also benefit from this.

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

@HarryTheHandyman The expressway will bring more traffic and gridlock, not less.  We should be filling central Miami with skyscrapers, not carving up the Everglades.

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