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Bal Harbour to study traffic


Special to the Miami Herald

Bal Harbour will invest in a study that could help the village’s traffic issues.

Thee Village Council agreed on March 12 to conduct a study that will look into traffic woes on Collins Avenue from Harbour Way to 88th Street.

Police Chief Mark Overton said the study is vital for the village’s traffic problems.

“This study is critical to the task of creating a comprehensive traffic mitigation plan. This level of analysis has never been done, and is vital to developing traffic light synergy and synchronous flow of traffic,” he wrote in an email. “Moreover it will allow the police department to identify choke points, from a date and time perspective. The department is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure that every aspect of improving traffic flow efficiency is examined.”

Village Manager Jorge Gonzalez said traffic has become an issue in Bal Harbour.

“When the chief started, immediately we were concerned and we noticed around peak and post holiday season that traffic isn't getting better,” Gonzalez said.

The study could start in the next three weeks and will be conducted by Advanced Transportation Engineering Consultants at a price tag of $32,000. But nearby city Surfside could possibly chip in, Gonzalez said.

The study will help determine certain adjustments, such as the timing of traffic lights.

“The traffic lights need to be adjusted to meet the demands of peak traffic congestion and roadway usage in order to maximize the flow,” Overton said. “All systems need to be working perfectly based on vehicle volume.”

Depending on the outcome of the study, there might be a need of a phase two, which could “develop automated traffic plans that could be implemented in order to synchronize the traffic signals based on date and time patterns” Overton said.

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