Six mid-block pedestrian crosswalks with button-activated flashing beacons are being installed along Biscayne Boulevard north of downtown as part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Enhancement Project.
The new crosswalks will be located near Northeast 15th Terrace, Northeast 23rd, 25th, 30th, 32nd and 74th streets.
The project also included new street signs, repaving and re-striping the street at those locations, as well as a new crosswalk at Biscayne and Northeast 54th Street.
The transportation department deemed the new crosswalks necessary because of the increase of development and population growth along Biscayne Boulevard, an FDOT project spokeswoman said.
“The new crosswalks are a balance between modes of transportation,” Public Information Specialist Heather Leslie said. “They make it safer for pedestrians to cross the road. They also make it more inviting for pedestrians to walk to area businesses, work or just for leisure.”
The crosswalks’ affect on Biscayne Boulevard traffic flow depends on how often pedestrians push buttons to activate the flashing lights, Leslie said.
The flashing beacons will require north- and southbound vehicles on Biscayne Boulevard to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross east and west.
In 2011, three crosswalks were installed on Biscayne Boulevard in Northeast Miami. Two public meetings were recently held to discuss installing the new ones
The new crosswalks, which are not yet functioning, are in addition to existing traffic signals that already regulate heavy traffic flow along Biscayne Boulevard.
Traffic enforcement for pedestrians and vehicles in the area is handled by Miami police, Leslie said.