Collins Corridor Project Working Group (41st to 63rd)
Chair:Alicia A. Casanova
Current Projects: Safety and other issues from 25th thru 41st streets; Traffic Operations Analysis from 41st thru 63rd streets; Street Roadway Improvement Project from 58th to 63rd Street.
Members: Deborah Lake, Robert Rabinowitz, Mike Kowalczyk, Mike Daly, Mark Bisnow, Susanna Santoro, Chloe Laws, Eda Valero-Figueira, Scott Feinerman, Susy Pazos, and Elisa Charters
Traffic Congestion on Collins Ave. between 41st and 63rd Streets
MBNA members are extremely concerned with the recent traffic congestion on Collins Avenue. Both Northbound and Southbound lanes have been at a standstill for several weeks during rush hours. The situation was aggravated when right turn on Collins Ave to westbound 41st street was reduced once again to one lane. There are two projects on 57th and 63rd streets that are also causing traffic jams northbound on Collins Ave. MidBeach Residents, employees, contractors and visitors are extremely frustrated. A solution needs to be found! Below are some self-explanatory videos and photos:
February 3, 2022 PUBLIC MEETING - FDOT Collins Avenue Planning Study for 41st thru 63rd street
COLLINS CORRIDOR STUDY (Collins Ave. from 41st to 63rd Streets) LINK TO MBNA'S "COLLINS CORRIDOR PROJECT STUDY" PAGE The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is evaluating and planning for a multimodal improvement project along State Road (SR) A1A/ Collins Avenue from W 41 Street to W 63 Street, in the City of Miami Beach, Florida. The purpose of the study is to identify, develop, and evaluate multimodal improvements addressing existing and future mobility for all modes of travel including pedestrian, bicycle, motorists, and transit. This study will address the possibilities to repurpose the service road, improve walkability, increase the overall comfort for all users, and connect users within and beyond the study area.
Community Design Workshop presented by the FDOT regarding the Collins Avenue Corridor Project (from 41st thru 63rd Street) took place on Wednesday, August 18th at the Blue Diamond Condominium. (Below are photos. Video of the presentations will be posted as soon as their available.)
As part of the initial phase of the Study, the FDOT had two "Walking Audits" that took place on Wednesday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, May 19th at 5:30 p.m. Stakeholders joined City and FDOT Officials and Agents/Consultant Staff on a walk through Collins Avenue to identify areas of concern and make recommendations. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION AND MAP ROUTE.
Please view the FDOT's video and slideshow of photos taken by the MBNA during FDOT's "Walking Audits" that took place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and on Wednesday, May 19th at 5:30 p.m.
"WALK-THROUGH" took place on TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021 This 2.5 hour walk-through served to assess the corridor of Collins Ave from 26th to 44th to identify the sidewalk issues and potential pedestrian safety issues as well as possible short-term and long-term solutions to those issues. The walk included representation from the following FDOT District 6 offices: Design, Traffic Operations, Construction, Planning, and Maintenance. Representation from the City of Miami Beach were also be in attendance. Tiffany Gehrke Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator & ADA Coordinator Planning & Environmental Management Office Florida Department of Transportation, District 6 Adam Leigh Cann Building 1000 NW 111th Ave Room 6111 Miami, FL 33172 Office ph: (305) 470-5308 Email: Tiffany.Gehrke@dot.state.fl.us
The MBNA has been advocating for the following:
Safe, separated Bicycle lanes (not unsafe "sharrows") to be prioritized throughout the City of Miami Beach, including Indian Creek Drive southbound and Collins Ave. northbound in this section and both southbound and northbound from 41st street thru 63rd streets (and hopefully beyond.)
ADA compliant sidewalks throughout entire stretch.
Additional Pedestrian Crossings.
Revised design of loading zones and adequate turning lanes.
Click link below to view slideshow of FDOT Meeting that took place on May 24, 2021, regarding Collins Ave. project from 26th thru 44th Streets:
TRAFFIC OPERATIONS ANALYSIS (Collins Ave. from 41st to 44th Streets) Commissioner Micky Steinberg requested a study to evaluate keeping two permanent turn lanes Westbound on Collins Ave. at 41st Street past the Indian Creek Drive construction project. Please click on link button below to view the Traffic Operations Analysis. RESERVE THE DATE: A "COLLINS AVE WORKING GROUP MEETING" is being scheduled for Wednesday, March 31st, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom, to discuss this project.
The on-going speeding up and down Collins Avenue and 37th street, the effects of construction trucks blocking the street ends, and the constant u-turns being done by drivers mid-block, are creating a hazard to area residents. Several Condo reps are requesting for the City to create additional access on other streets.
On the morning of Tuesday, March 9th, CMB staff met with MBNA Board Members and Residents from Beach House 8, Caribbean and Mosaic Condominiums, to discuss the maintenance of traffic (MOT) plan on Collins Ave. between 35th and 41st street and Indian Creek Drive from 26th to 41st streets. CMB is putting together a comprehensive plan to address the numerous traffic issues affecting our neighborhood.
ROADWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (Collins Ave. from 58th to 63rd Streets) The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is developing the design for a roadway improvement project on SR A1A/Collins Avenue/Indian Creek from 5800 Block to SR 907/63 Street, in Miami-Dade County. (Recording of FDOT Meeting with details of this project will be posted soon. )
Speeding/Drag Racing on Collins Ave. The Collins Avenue Working Group Members are very concerned with vehicles speeding and drag racing on Collins Ave, especially from 46th thru 63rd Streets. This is a serious safety concern that needs to be addressed by City Officials and enforced by the Miami Beach Police Dept.
Need for safe protected/separated Bike Lanes. The MBNA is advocating for safe, separated Bicycle lanes (not "sharrows") to be prioritized throughout the City of Miami Beach, including Indian Creek Drive southbound and Collins Ave. northbound.