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Doral mayor: Plans are in the works to improve traffic

Doral Mayor Luigi Boria said last week that the city will push a plan to improve the transportation systems and alleviate traffic congestion.

The plan contemplates the construction of new streets and bicycle lanes, as well as promoting the use of the local trolley system, Boria said Thursday in a public workshop held at City Hall.

“What we are seeking is that people make more use of public and mass transportation so that there can be fewer cars on the streets,” Boria said. “This, together with building new streets, will allow traffic to open up. That is the main goal.”

At the workshop, consultant Joseph Corradino, of the Corradino Group, said that more than 69,000 vehicles enter Doral daily. He added that more than 47,000 people live in the city and that each homeowner has at least one vehicle.

Doral’s head of public works, José Oliva, said the widening of 97th Avenue between 70th and 74th Streets will begin this year and will serve as an alternate route to the congested 107th Avenue in the west of the city.

About this project, Boria said the city will initially fund its cost of $1 million but that, once it is finished, the Miami-Dade County will reimburse the city.

“This work of nearly half a mile of road will help unclog 107th Avenue,” Boria said. “Many trucks use that avenue on their way to the garbage dump.

Oliva also said that technical studies will begin this year to develop 62nd Street between 99th and 102nd Avenues. Other road projects by state and county entities include the 25th Street Viaduct (Elevated Bridge) connecting with the Palmetto Expressway and 82nd Avenue connecting with the Dolphin Expressway.

Another part of the plan contemplates developing new bicycle lanes. Oliva said these lanes are being planned in residential areas such as 52nd Street between 97th and 107th Avenues, and on 102nd Avenue between 41st and 58th streets. Currently, Doral has eight miles of bicycle lanes, Oliva said.

According to the plan shown by Corradino, the city has the goal to develop 24 miles of bicycle lanes and it is exploring the possibility of establishing bicycle rent stations like those operating in Miami Beach.

Oliva added that a reevaluation will also be made of the current trolley service that moves about 26,000 passengers annually.

In October, the Doral Council agreed to search for a new provider after county inspectors temporarily suspended the service despite the fact that it was the result of “minimal problems,” such as the malfunctioning of the horn in one bus and emergency lights in another, according to city authorities.

Oliva said the city is already in the process of putting together a bid solicitation. Since 2008, the Doral trolley service has been managed by Keolis Transit America. In the last five years Doral has paid the firm more than $3 million for the service.

The next workshop about transportation improvement in Doral will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, also at City Hall.

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