New bike lanes, walking paths set for west side of Miami Lakes

Community By David Snelling, Reporter Wednesday, September 2, 2020

      It’s got a clunky name but will bring safe and smooth paths for walkers and bicyclists when the Miami Lakes Park West Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Project is completed in 2028.

     The town won a $1 million federal grant for the project to be built along Montrose Road (NW 82nd Avenue) and Balgowan Road, from Miami Lakes Drive south to Ardoch Road.

     The goal is to reduce traffic and improve safety.

     The governing board of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization approved the grant on Jun.18 and the work will be included in Florida Department of Transportation’s pipeline for fiscal year 2022-2026.

     Sidewalks, bicycle and pedestrian paths, signals, traffic calming devices and lighting are also covered by the grant.

    Miami Lakes applied for the money in February because roads on the west side lacked such infrastructure, town spokeswoman Clarisell De Cardenas said.

     The project will also improve mobility for those traveling between homes, jobs, businesses, recreation, education and public transportation, she said.

   Construction is scheduled to begin in 2026.

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