Miami Beach commissioners on Wednesday approved a new lane configuration for Alton Road as part of a project to reduce flooding.
The Florida Department of Transportation gave the city three plans to chose from.
Commissioners chose the third alternative, which makes sidewalks three feet wider and adds a 17-foot-wide median.
All three plans kept 11-foot-wide travel lanes, with eight-foot-wide parking spaces on either side, without shrinking sidewalks.
FDOT made the three drawings after neighborhood residents complained about earlier plans. The neighbors said the old designs would have led to speeding throughout their neighborhood and that the state-proposed nine-foot sidewalks were too narrow. They said bike traffic on Alton Road was problematic and would prefer it be routed elsewhere, like along West Avenue.
FDOT’s original plan had two center 11-foot-wide lanes, an 11-foot turning lane in the middle, two 14-foot-wide outer lanes with shared bike lanes, and nine-foot-wide sidewalks on either side of the street.
“Option 3 is the option that will address most of the concerns,” Richardson said.
Daniel Iglesias, a district roadway engineer with FDOT, said the project deals with Alton Road between Fifth Street and Michigan Avenue, especially between Seventh Street and Lincoln Road.
All three of the plans eliminate bike lanes altogether.
Some details of the plan still need to be fleshed out, including the details of the median strip.
State Sen. Senator Gwen Margolis, D-Miami Beach, said FDOT has “bent over backwards” to make this project possible.
“It’s been great to be able to the suggestions of the community and turn it around and help the community,” she said.
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