MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Division of Transportation and Public Works goals to make another intersection within the county safer for pedestrians.
In a digital listening to held on Wednesday, county officers mentioned an ongoing venture in South Miami. They plan to implement a diagonal crosswalk at SW 57 Avenue and SW 72 Avenue.
After spending time there, you perceive why.
As folks drive to their subsequent vacation spot, others stand and wait to stroll to theirs.
“You bought to observe all of the lights and when the strolling man comes again up,” mentioned Joanne Bradley. “Can I am going now? After which to the subsequent step and the subsequent step.”
Bradley waited minutes to stroll to the alternative nook, crossing each streets.
She’s considered one of many counting minutes to do the identical.
With plenty of foot visitors close to companies, county officers mentioned it is one of many causes they need to add a diagonal crosswalk.
And one native enterprise proprietor welcomes the thought.
“Extra secure for purchasers, folks, and neighbors,” Joiani Martin added.
Ready for the strolling sign to gentle up all 4 crosswalks without delay can take time. We saved observe. And greater than six minutes handed earlier than pedestrians obtained the go-ahead.
Most do not wait and dodge visitors.
“Safer streets are extra walkable and bikeable streets, not simply constructed for vehicles but additionally for pedestrians,” mentioned Miami-Dade County Vice-Chairman Oliver Gilbert.
He calls it a mindset. One put into motion on a stretch of Ives Dairy Highway after our tales highlighted residents calling for motion to gradual the dashing to scale back accidents.
“We are able to do issues with street design to decelerate visitors,” mentioned Gilbert. “We are able to do this with signalization and medians. We are able to do this with lots of various things.”
Since our story final month, he is labored alongside the county to evaluate and implement new methods on Ives Dairy. There are greater than a dozen concepts on the desk.
Ives Dairy is likely to be a small stretch of street, nevertheless it spotlights the county’s greater mission.
“Whether or not folks can really feel secure of their home or on the roads is an enormous step for all of us,” Gilbert added.
Commissioner Gilbert calls visitors security a workforce sport. Everybody has a task to play, from the county to the police, together with group suggestions.
However above all, it begins with simply being higher neighbors.
In Wednesday evening’s digital listening to, officers say the venture will probably be accomplished on the intersection close to the top of 2023.