Last night’s meeting with FDOT regarding the upcoming Brickell Avenue resurfacing project went pretty badly. Transit Miami reader Ned does a wonderful job summarizing the meeting.
“That was a miserable meeting. Few things in life are as frustrating as taking time out of your life, to plead for sanity, to people without power to effect change, representing a bureaucracy on autopilot. There is no sense that FDOT even knows which problems a reconstruction of Brickell Avenue should solve. Their proposal does not appear to target substantive improvement in any of the myriad problems with the design of the roadway (unless perhaps its drainage?). It is obvious that the agency has no strategy in place to identify, evaluate and implement inexpensive, innovative, proven effective techniques for mitigating roadway contention among various modal users. Indeed, implicit in the whole presentation is the sickeningly 70s refrain that roads are exclusively for cars.
What is perfectly clear is that FDOT is not capable of designing a kick ass Brickell Avenue even if they wanted to. There is no more powerful indictment of that futility than for this agency to seriously propose the project as it is currently designed. It is completely irrelevant to the needs of the community. I almost feel sorry for FDOT. They are too dumb to know what to do and too proud to do what they’re told. They build the same roads today that they did 50 years ago, but can’t figure out why it doesn’t work anymore.
Miami cannot afford more bungling from FDOT. This city must have a modern infrastructure to survive, and after decades of neglect, we are now beyond the tipping point. People and businesses are staying away or leaving on the basis of Miami’s ineffective transportation network. The car monoculture is every bit as bankrupt as GM was that built it.
I would support a statewide, five year trial referendum, granting localities the option to vote, by a super majority, for a no build alternative and tax refund on FDOT projects. As it is, FDOT is not accountable for their design decisions and have no incentive to pursue alternatives. As acute as the need on Brickell Avenue is, it is better to do nothing now and hopefully something good later on, than to waste millions doing practically nothing now and nothing later either.”
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