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Should it come as a surprise to us that the Florida stretch of I-95 is the most deadly stretch of interstate in the United States? As The Daily Beast reported a few days back, Florida is home to not only the deadliest stretch of highway along I-95, but also the third most deadly segment (I-4) and the 15th deadliest segment (I-75). With a total of 765 fatalities along the 382 mile corridor between 2004 and 2008, I-95 racks up 1.73 fatalities per mile. Not far behind, I-4 and I-75 report 1.58 and 1.14 fatalities per mile in the same period, respectively, according to data from the National Highway Safety Administration (an obvious misnomer given these sobering statistics).

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Attention commuters and Broward residents: FDOT is trying (once again) to force highway expansion down your throat. You have an opportunity to come out and voice your opinion at a workshop sponsored by FDOT. They call it an ‘alternatives’ workshop, but what they really want to do is spoon feed you the alternative that they are going to follow through with - unless enough people come out and tell them otherwise.

SR-93/I-75 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Financial Project Number: 419343-1-22-01

Limits:  SR 826 in Miami-Dade County then along I-75 to I-595 in Broward County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 4 has scheduled an Alternatives Public Workshop for the above referenced project. This project is currently in the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) phase. The Alternatives Public Workshop will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Broward County Southwest Regional Library, located at 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines. Attached is a Workshop Location Map.

The Alternatives Public Workshop will be an open-house forum where all viable alternatives that have been developed will be on display. The goal of the workshop is to collect and evaluate the public’s comments on these alternatives before selecting a preferred alternative.  For additional project information, please visit www.I-75Vision.com.

Your attendance is encouraged and appreciated. If you require further information concerning this project, please contact me at (954) 777-4425 or toll free at (866) 336-8435 ext. 4425. You can also write to FDOT District 4 Office, 3400 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309, or email ray.holzweiss@dot.state.fl.us.

This is a chance for light rail to connect the western Broward suburbs to the I-595 rapid transit corridor currently in the design phase. Unfortunately, FDOT wants to just expand the highway and pay lip service to transit by saying that it might accommodate bus service some time in the future because they don’t see a need right now. Interesting, if there is no need, then why expand the highway? Come out tonight, from 5:30-7:30 pm, and let FDOT know that you want more transit options now (not some time in the distant future).

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We recently took the above photograph on a drive east from Naples on I-75. Amidst the beautiful views of the everglades grass and pristine wildlife (That we erroneously paved a road across in the 1920s to disrupt the flow of water in the Everglades in order to facilitate automobile movement) we come across the very large and disturbing view of the Bank Atlantic Center and rising TAO Condos, just on the water’s edge (or swamp, whatever). Honestly, whose bright idea was it to build dense population structures in suburbia on the edge of a pristine sanctuary? Its just bad urban planning…

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