Walking Around
12:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Crosswalks For Biscayne Blvd. Pedestrians

A resident who will be affected by the construction on Biscayne Blvd. reviews the plans.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

Hear the radio story by Hillary Lindwall.

The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.

FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.

“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians. 

Design plans include:

  • An upgrade of curb ramps and signals
  • The installation of pedestrian signals on Northeast 15 and 17 Streets
  • A pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Northeast 54 Street
  • New mid-block crossings on Northeast 16, 23, 24, 30, 31, 32 and 74 streets

Project engineer Edwin Mojena mentioned the crosswalks will also include flashing lights that will warn motorists when pedestrians are crossing. 

Mojena said the locations for the crosswalks were chosen based off traffic volumes, accidents and pedestrian incidents.

FDOT will be closing sidewalks and lanes during non-peak hours for approximately four months starting June 2015.