Our MBNA Members have a lot of questions so on this page, we will post questions and any answers received from City/State Officials regarding the different projects that affect our community. We encourage our members to ask questions and share the responses with us via email so that we can post these and stay informed.
SR A1A / COLLINS AVENUE
QUESTION: What is the minimum width a traffic lane can measure on A1A/Collins Ave? ANSWER: Collins Avenue has a context classification of C-6 Urban Core, which means that 10’ wide travel lanes are generally appropriate if the design speed is 35 MPH or below. Given the importance of transit in the corridor, the curb lanes should probably be 11’ in width. More information on context classification is available in the FDOT Context Classification Guide. Many design questions are addressed in the FDOT Design Manual, commonly referred to as the FDM, and the basic lane width guidance for different contexts is in Table 210.1 on p. 3 of FDM Section 210 (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT)
QUESTION: What is the minimum required width of a curb gutter on Collins Ave? ANSWER:Roads and streets with design speeds below 45 MPH typically use a Type F curb, which has a 0.5’ wide curb attached to a 1.5’ wide gutter pan; that appears to be what your photo on the left (with the narrower curb) is showing. (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT)
QUESTION: For legal u-turns, what is the minimum number of vehicle stacking spaces required? ANSWER: The length of a left turn or U-turn bay is a function of the number of vehicles expected to make the movement; higher volume turning movements require longer turn lane length.(responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT). (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT)
QUESTION: What are the yellow/black square signs next to the speed blinking warning signs on Collins Ave. called? ANSWER:They're called “advisory markings”. The black/white signs are called “regulatory.” (responded by Dan Hardy, Principal - Renaissance Planning)
QUESTION: How many feet are required for the "zebra" bike lane delineators? ANSWER: FDOT does not have the zebras on our approved product list. Currently, Central Office is working to get the ZICLA zipper on the APL. This feature is a little over 11 inches. (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT)
QUESTION: How soon is the FDOT projected to approve the visible "green paint" on separated bicycle lanes on both Indian Creek Drive and Collins Ave/A1A? ANSWER: FDOT Central Office is not currently working on approving green paint for entire bicycle facilities. Central Office holds the position that the green should only be placed in conflict zones to highlight those areas. I’ve discussed this with Central Office on multiple occasions (and will continue to discuss it), and they stand firm on the use of the green only in select areas such as driveways, bus bays, and keyhole lanes. (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT)
QUESTION: What is the minimum width required for a protected/separated one-way bicycle lane on Collins Ave? ANSWER: Section 223..2.4 of the FDM states that separated one-way bicycle lane widths should be 7 feet preferred (6 feet minimum). A two-way separated facility should be 12 feet (minimum of 10 feet). (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT) QUESTION: What is the minimum distance required between a separated bicycle lane and a vehicle lane? ANSWER:The same Section 223.2.4 cited above notes 3 feet of separation between a separated bicycle lane and an adjacent parking lane, or 2 to 6 feet if adjacent to a vehicular travel lane, depending on the type of separation (paint, bollard, etc.) (responded by Tiffany Gehrke, FDOT)
We are currently waiting for responses to the questions below that were requested via email on May 28, 2021. Email response from Vanessa Vazquez: Thank you very much for your email and sharing your concerns with us. We are working on gathering responses for you on the below, some of which fall under the purview of other departments. We will do our best to provide you all the responses by Wednesday, but given the holiday on Monday and some staff taking today off, we may be delayed on some of the items. The fences in #2 have been removed - thank you for bringing to our attention. As always, we appreciate your partnership and we wish everyone a nice Memorial Day weekend! Sincerely, Vanessa Vázquez, MSPPM Neighborhood Affairs Coordinator MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Tel: 305.673.7000 x6135 | Cell: 786.599.6543 | www.miamibeachfl.gov MB magazine | MBTV | MBRadio1670AM | E-subscribe to News & More QUESTION: Esteban Porcelli, an MBNA Board Member, expressed a very valid point regarding the foliage that is reducing the size of certain areas of the Beachwalk. What is the plan to address this situation? QUESTION: What is the timeframe for completion of the paver street numbers that are still missing? (I believe there are at least four missing.)ALSO.. we want to bring back the subject of having the City create small aluminum (uniform) address numbers to be placed behind all condos and Hotels; (like they have in Surfside and Bal Harbour.) This is urgently needed in straightaway areas where there is not street access. As we've been stating for a long time, it's important for Beachwalk users to be able to identify their location in case of an emergency. Having each property owner install their own signage would create an eyesore. QUESTION: New sections of Beachwalk don't appear to have sand between the pavers and we've been noticing a lot of loose pavers. Also some areas are missing tiles. Is this in the works? QUESTION: We know that two benches were recently installed behind the 53rd street park and we understand these were donated. We continue to advocate for at least two concrete rest benches that are needed in areas without street access. We've identified a couple of shaded areas behind private condominiums (see one below) that we can pursue but want to confirm if this is acceptable before we begin this process. QUESTION: When will the installation of video surveillance cameras be completed? QUESTION: When will the missing palm trees on the Beachwalk be replaced? QUESTION: MOST IMPORTANTLY... MBNA Members are extremely concerned about the large number of cyclists and electric vehicles speeding on the Beachwalk. I have a video recording of one of our Diamond Residents who was run over by a speeding bike and ended with a concussion at Mount Sinai. I'll be glad to share the video. She allowed me to share the report below. We have a few ideas that we'd like to share since this is a critical safety issue we're facing. In the meantime, we need a lot more police/patrol enforcement.
Collins Ave. from 25th thru 41st Street
QUESTION: Why did the new MOT implemented on May 19, 2021, prevent vehicles from making a southbound turn on Collins Ave and 37th Street? ANSWER: The team has reviewed the project records and has been unable to locate a commitment to provide a left turn from 37th Street to southbound Collins Avenue. We apologize for any miscommunication or misunderstanding. All recollections indicate that the major concern at this intersection, from your building and others, was the occurrence of illegal U-turns. The MOT was designed to address the safety concern with illegal U-Turns observed on Collins Avenue and 37th Street, which had been the source of many complaints. The design that is in place with the center delineator island cannot accommodate the left turns out and meet the intended mitigation for the illegal U-Turns. While we understand that this is more circuitous and inconvenient for those wanting to go southbound, we heard the concerns of the community and addressing the safety issue was the priority in the design.
In a project of this nature, while we make every effort to mitigate and minimize the inevitable inconveniences to our residents and visitors, there are limitations dictated by safe and prudent operations. I’m sure you will agree and have experienced in the corridor, that the accommodation of conflicting traffic movements ultimately results in increased traffic impact. The challenge in any MOT design is to balance the needs for safe traffic flow while reducing, to the extent possible, the impact to movement and mobility. We believe that while this solution does cause some additional inconvenience to you and your neighbors, the plan generally creates a good balance between safety and mobility.
Nonetheless, the team is currently evaluating the addition of a north to southbound U-Turn, to be located north of 37th Street, in order to lessen the impact to residents and visitors. As always, the team is happy to discuss this concern further, as well as any other concern you may have. We look forward to the continued dialogue, and a speedy completion of this project.
APRIL 2, 2021 Email from Vanessa Vazquez: Please see below the responses from the respective departments regarding the Indian Creek traffic plan. As you know, we are hosting a Public Meeting on April 13 (invitation attached) where we will go into the below in greater detail and answer any additional questions you may have.
Allowable South-Bound U-turn at 35th
These changes will be implemented with the new MOT (Maintenance of Traffic plan); currently under review.
Allowable North-Bound U-turn at 37th
The request was for sign not allowing northbound U-Turn on Collins Avenue at 37 Street. This sign has been installed, see picture attached. It is not on the wrong side of the road, it is installed based on FDOT standards as it cannot be installed in the middle of the road in the turn lane. There is not sufficient space for it to be installed in the middle of the road, it will be hit by vehicles, causing damage to both.
Allowable South-Bound U-Turn at the 3900 block
These changes will be implemented with the new MOT; currently under review.
Date for MOT change from 26-41 with one lane north and one lane south rather than from 31-41
The updated MOT is being reviewed by FDOT and our Department of Transportation. Once it is modified and approved it will be implemented, which we expect towards the end of April.
Date for when 26-41 would be opened, since the community was informed that this would occur sooner than the construction from 31st south to 26th.
It is anticipated that the project will be completed April 2022.
Please confirm that in February 2022 the Indian Creek Drive and Collins Avenue roadway is expected to be completed.
We expect the Indian Creek Drive Project will be complete in April 2022.
Please confirm North of 41st is a separate MOT.
The Indian Creek Project does not have an MOT north of 41 Street.
What are the dates and status for the MOT north of 41st on Collins?
This MOT belongs to an FPL project, which is scheduled to start the asphalt restoration on Tuesday, 4/6, and complete it by Friday, 4/9.
What is the status of the CVS project? How much longer will it impact 41st Street East Bound MOT?
The MOT belonging to KVC on the northern side of 41 Street has been removed from the public right of way. However, a portion of the travel lane has been occupied so the two buildings on each side of 41 Street can receive their deliveries, services etc.
Have you seen the project police officer? We are getting mixed reports about their presence.
We have two off duty officers working along the corridor and are working on adding one flag person. The off duty police officer travelling the length of the project enforcing traffic and violation issues. The officer will occasionally stop at locations such as 41 Street and Indian Creek. The flag person will direct traffic while the traffic light is on flashing red.
Loading zone on 37th Street. Has that been finalized? See picture attached of the difficulties this area has with loading zones.
GENERAL ISSUES OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS
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