Will I-95 Be Double Decked? FDOT Now Studying Capacity Improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation is studying capacity improvements for Miami’s I-95.

According to a flyer, a planning study for corridor capacity improvements is now being conducted. The study will develop and evaluate improvement concepts and perform planning-level operational evaluations, as a first step for future upgrades of the highway.

A public workshop will be held in Aventura on June 19.

Nearly 300,000 vehicles traveled on I-95 in the area between the Airport Expressway (State Road 112) and the Golden Glades Interchange as of 2015.

Could double deck lanes be a possibility for I-95? FDOT is already considering it for the Palmetto Expressway, where vehicle volume is above 200,000 per day. Another double deck stretch is being built on the Dolphin Expressway.

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Anonymous

I dunno, maybe build the coastal link to remove cars from the current road instead of building more capacity? induced demand.

Anonymous

Cities that have great public transportation still have horrible traffic. NYC, DC, LA, etc. There will always be millions of people who will continue to drive and that is why this is a great plan and I for one hope that it becomes a reality. The solution has and always will be to have both, great public trans and more capacity for cars on the roads.

Anonymous

Miami has way more capacity for cars than other great cities of its size.

UrbanPlannerBMW

Your logic can be easily reversed: NYC, DC, LA all have major freeways/expressways/tolled bridges but traffic continues to worsen despite decades of public investment.

Now, consider that NYC did not build a single new subway station between 1975-2007, LA Metrorail (1993) is younger than Miami’s (1984), and DC’s system doesn’t allow for suburb-to-suburb travel. Yet, despite this, they have seen increased ridership and walkable development emerge along their lines while FDOT is about to spend $850 million dollars on “capacity improvements”

So, idk — maybe we should stop building capacity, fund Coastal Link and get on with it. Period!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I don’t know why you are being downvoted. It’s true. DC allegedly has one of the best public transit in the country and traffic there is worse than it is here. Get over it folks. Extending metrorail will not magically solve the traffic issue.

Anonymous

Amen i’m from miami but live in DC. DC has a great subway system and a bus system that runs all the time. But traffic is 3 times worse in DC than in Miami. But miami has potential to build a train system second to none..

Anonymous

Double Deck? I think Miami should invent a triple-decker highway system…

Anonymous

Lol

Anonymous

What the heck.. stack it four high.

Anonymous

I for one feel so superior driving on a double deck looking down at all the single deckers…mere peasants!!

Anonymous

The masses

Anonymous

That’s ridiculous. I think a double decker with bacon is a good compromise.

Polo

When are the idiots in office realize that double deck highways are not the long term solution for the 21th century transportation needs facing South Florida?

Anonymous

too many trips to china and dubai where they are building massive car based cities (but with mass transit!)

Anonymous

And empty buildings.

Anonymous

Don’t worry, later on down the years they’ll realize the folly of it and spend millions knocking it down.

Anonymous

Yes. This is backward thinking and its best (or worse)

Anonymous

They’re repugnants! Don’t you know repugnants are anti mass transit? Their motto: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Anonymous

Waste of money

Anonymous

It will pay for itself in no time. Creates jobs. Alleviates traffic. Aids in hurricane evacuation.

Abso!ute no brainer. Do it!

Afi k. James

We need infrastructure here.

Anonymous

Guys this is all part of the SMART plan. They will build SMART lanes for
express buses like on the 836. Those should be ready in about 2-3 more years.

-Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

2-3 more years will the length of the “study”

Anonymous

But first, a few more “fact finding” trips to China.

Anonymous

Our Republican Governors and the leadership of the FDOT, Florida Department of Tolls, simply refuse to invest in Florida’s new generations’ future. The perpetuation of the 1960s automobile dependency will never end, unless we stop electing old conservative politicians at all levels.

Anonymous

L.A is gridlock and has a democrat majority at local and state level.

Anonymous

LA is 10 times bigger than Miami.

Anonymous

There you go, letting facts get in the way of a good accusation…

Anonymous

No metropolitan L.A is only twice the size of metropolitan Miami. This I-95 proposal is going through alot of other municipalities than Miami alone.

marc

How about population wise?

Anonymous

That is population wise. Size wise metro LA is something like 4-5x the size of Miami. Miami is more dense.

Anonymous

MIAMI population 463K; LA population 4MM. that’s 10 times!

Anonymous

Not true.

Anonymous

comments on this site – about a year or two ago – were so much better … now its as if bots have taken over saying predictable political things and its boring to read. articles are still good though.

Anonymous

Well, you do have the option of not reading them.

Anonymous

May be this is more important than the issues are typically discussed in this forum.

Anonymous

LA also gives its residents the choice of riding mass transit

Anonymous

You mean, you are being prevented from getting on the metro-rail?

Anonymous

Look buddy….the Metrorail doesn’t come to the doorstep, and I’m too good to ride buses.

Productive people should be taxed more so the parasites can ride in the style they demand.

Anonymous

Try to look at it from a different angle.
How much would you pay to be able to drive alone in your personal vehicle at the speed limit during rush hour? Now add that to the amounts all other drivers would pay who refuse to ride public transit.
That’s what the subsidy should be to public transit to induce all those other drivers to get the eff out of your way.
Everybody’s happy.

Anonymous

I’m from So Cal, and I can tell you the mass transit in LA is a joke.

Anonymous

I lived in NYC for 23 years. I saw the subways go from terrible to pretty decent. Unfortunately they’re back to not so good thanks to former Gov George Pataki who ended state support of the transit system so now they’re drowning in debt.
Road construction and maintenance are a huge automobile subsidy. If public transit competed evenly, we’d have a great system here in South Florida, it could happen.

Anonymous

Relatively-speaking, for its size, LA’s mass transit is sad, even with expansion. It pales in comparison to the extensive streetcar system they had until the 1960s.

Anonymous

Probably initiated by repugnants way back when.

Anonymous

Those LA freeways were built long before democrat’s controlled the local and state levels. The car-dominant mess was created long ago, including the removal of LA’s extensive rail system that was already in place.

Anonymous

It’s not just Republicans. It’s old baby boomer Democrats as well who only pay lip service to public transportation. Remember, Miami-Dade is the largest blue county in Florida and maybe even in the entire south.

marc

It may be blue but its politicos are mostly conservatives.

Anonymous

… ran by up state red neck I mean red state politicos!

Anonymous

Hush they just want to live in their fantasy world where a blue majority will fix everything while ignoring the plight many blue majorities are in.

Anonymous

No their not.. we know our savior Trump who said, “only I can fix things” will get the job done.

Anonymous

When was the last time Miami Dade and City of Miami elected a non Republican Mayor?
20 + Years of Bush, Scott, and now
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuuXzyjh_Vo

Anonymous

No wait
Better yet
Blame the Russians.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Unless our Governor is Russian

Florida was “built on automobiles,” DeSantis said on the campaign trail in July.

“I don’t think doing, like, a train is going to be the answer to it,” he said about Florida’s traffic congestion. “I think we’re basically an automobile-centered society. Until that behavior changes, I do think we need to work on building and expanding our roads.”

Anonymous

One. Desantis is a Republican

Two. Desantis is a Conservative

Remember, Republican Conservative’s are already of the opinion that thinking is a Liberal conspiracy.

Anonymous

I agree. Anti science.

Anonymous

Well he’s right to an extent, unfortunately. The key words here are “until that behavior changes.”

Anonymous

This is exactly how they think.

Anonymous

Then why live here if you have a problem with the politics? If you don’t like the Governor, there are plenty other States with a Democratic Governor who will gladly take your very high taxes that you will be paying.

Anonymous

Nah.. I would rather live in this state in one of the least affordable cities in the USA to rent housing in.

Anonymous

San Francisco, California called.

Anonymous

I choose to drive when I feel like it…I walk most the time and occasionally use the MetroMover.
It’s called Freedom.

Dependant people cry and whine for other people to pay for their preferred transportation type.

Anonymous

So why can’t people who prefer a better mass transit train system be concerned about reducing vehicle emissions before it’s to late?

Anonymous

Why not “high-rise deck”? 30-40-50 floors of highways!! ….how about having a better infrastructure and public transportation so that people will want to leave theirs cars home?! Too advanced thinking for Miami or less remunerative for the politicians?🤔

Anonymous

How about building oodles more residential around the mass transit stations Miami has?

Anonymous

We ha e those in Miami. Some parking garages in the downtown, brickell and edge water vertical suburbs have 20 levels of parking. Takes 15 min just to get to ground level.

Anonymous

That’s literally retarded

Anonymous

If only they had as much zeal and desire for another option: rail / Metromover expansion, intelligent light rail development and better bus management. But no. We have to increase the road system.

marc

This will cost a ton of money but watch how easily it gets pushed through.

Anonymous

Sorry but you are wrong. It can be financed and toll funded. Little long term burden for taxpayers. Only those that choose the elevated road pay the toll.

Anonymous

Let’s double-deck everything. Why has Port Miami not considered double-decking?

Nutzy

Not a bad idea. Like a ship elevator. Have you patented it yet?

Anonymous

Becase they don’t have shore power.

Anonymous

The amount of triggered people will be hilarious.

Anonymous

We must call James Wolf District 6 Secretary (305) 470-5197 and our commissioners to stop this crap!!!

Anonymous

What part specifically is crap?

Interested

Quick guys, we need to figure out what to do with all that toll money!

Anonymous

That’s easy – install more toll booths!

Anonymous

Step 1:
Step 2: Toll Booths
Step 3: Profit

Anonymous

Just close half the entrances and capacity will double.

Anonymous

Miami’s doomed.

Anonymous

Nahhh.. Trolleys will save us.

Olivia NJ

In the 20 years I have been living here not once have I seen either the 836 or MIA NOT under CONSTRUCTION. A HUGE pain for drivers but hey, someone at these construction companies (and the “facilitators” that get them these projects) is definitely making sure to laugh it up all the way to the bank. The corruption is so blatantly obvious. Instead of completing the long-term construction project, they make sure and do the one that’s only going to last a couple of years max before it needs upgrading again. One of the negatives of living in Miami for me (amongst many positives, may I add).

Breezer

Aren’t we gonna be under water soon anyway. So why bother? It will look cool hundreds of years later under water though, I’m sure the fish will love it.

Anonymous

Other cities have tried this. It doesn’t work. Send the mayor to Bangkok for a week.

Anonymous

When they’re done building this expressway it better have shore power!

Wang

Lets just skip the intermediate steps and lets build that quadruple Decker we all know we’re gonna get. With a double Decker on top of it dedicated for trolleys and bus corridor. And some new spurs into Brickell, Wynnwood, Edgewater and Park West. Heck lets just approve some Lexus spurs straight into condo buildings.

Nutzy

Went to the workshop. Turns out they’re NOT planning to double deck it. Too expensive. Plan is to add a third express lane each direction and improve ramps and interchanges.