Miami’s neverending battle with traffic has been a consistent burden for generations of South Floridians. Miami’s traffic woes, especially along the downtown corridor of I-95, have become famous across the globe. Some studies rank Miami’s traffic as the 10th worst in the world.
The daily gridlock during Miami’s rush hour can last hours, and despite the cries of Miami’s populace, very few effective measures have been employed to ease Miami’s severe traffic problem. At Cotney Construction Law, our Miami construction litigation attorneys are fed up with Miami’s traffic issues just like you. Fortunately, being stuck in traffic for hours gives you plenty of time to think of solutions. In part one of this two-part series, we will explore some possible remedies for Miami’s malignant gridlock problem.
Syncing Traffic Lights
One of the common complaints among Miami’s citizens targets the programming of traffic lights across Miami’s busiest areas. The lights strung up over Miami’s countless 4-way intersections are constantly battling for green, creating a series of stop-and-go intersections that succumb to traffic build-up as the day goes on.
This citywide project would require diligent planning and flawless execution, but compared to less-cost effective measures like new highways, redirects, and express toll lanes, reprogramming traffic lights to sync up in traffic-plagued areas could have a remarkable effect for a very small amount of capital. When you consider the volume of traffic citations, car accidents, and pedestrian fatalities in Miami, addressing the city’s unruly traffic lights seems like an important first step towards fixing Miami’s egregious traffic problems.
Increase Access to I-95
I-95 is the lifeblood of Miami’s roadway infrastructure. It is the highway that takes virtually everyone in Miami to the place they need to be, but over the years it’s usage has exploded without many upgrades to keep traffic moving smoothly. For example, downtown Miami’s 2nd Ave. is a one way street with three lanes heading two blocks east. Since the third lane is rarely ever used, 2nd Ave. could be converted into a two-way street, with the third lane being redirected to the I-95 ramp. This would alleviate congestion along this busy corridor and allow more cars to enter I-95 unrestricted.
Miami’s traffic problem requires an unprecedented collaborative effort between the government, the citizens of Miami, skilled construction professionals, Miami construction litigation attorneys, and more. Finding solutions to our roadway infrastructure issues in highly populated areas is never easy, but our team of construction law experts are ready to take on the challenge. In part two, we will examine more issues facing Miami’s roadways and the proposed solutions for addressing these issues.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.