Hastings Tours Broward MPO Infrastructure Projects
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after touring transportation and infrastructure improvement projects prioritized by the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO):
“As our region prepares for the future, we need to continue making our streets safer and more easily travelled. The project locations I visited today showcase Broward’s long-term vision for making our roads more accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians as part of an important initiative to connect 300 miles of streets with new bike lanes, sidewalks, crossings, and lighting. Our residents should know that they have a great team working tirelessly to make Broward a better place for everyone who lives or visits here. I am pleased to work closely with the MPO to ensure the needs of our county are met and supported by federal resources whenever possible,” said Hastings.
”I want to thank Congressman Hastings for touring these important transportation projects in his District,” said MPO Executive Director Greg Stuart. “Rep. Hastings has been a strong advocate for increasing transportation funding in Washington and we appreciate his hard work and engagement on transportation and infrastructure issues.”
The MPO currently has programed $5.21 billion dollars’ worth of projects in Broward County, including projects that Hastings helped secure funding for. All of the projects are part of the Broward MPO’s Complete Streets Initiative. The goal of Complete Streets is to create a network of bicycle and sidewalk facilities in order to safely connect destinations and allow residents to safely and efficiently reach their destination.
The tour included visits to:
The Nob Hill Soccer Club Park/Sunset Strip Project – The Sunset Strip project was a $3.6 million dollar project funded entirely with federal funds. Completed earlier this year, a 4.4 mile segment of Sunset Strip was transformed from a four-lane road to a two-lane road with buffered bike lanes and wider sidewalks that enhance mobility and provide additional safety benefits for residents. This project is complete and open to traffic.
NW 31st Avenue/MLK Avenue Project – The 31st Avenue project is a $10.9 million dollar project. The project will add five-foot bike lanes in each direction and narrow lane width to promote both vehicle and bicycle improvements. The first 6.5 mile segment, running from Riverland Road to Commercial Boulevard, is currently under construction, and was funded entirely with federal funds programmed by the Broward MPO. The second segment, approximately 1.7 miles, runs from Commercial Boulevard to McNab Road, and was a project awarded as part of the MPO’s 2016 TIGER Grant application. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Project – The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. project totals $7.3 million and is funded in part by a 2016 TIGER Grant award (approximately $3.8 million (is funded at the federal level.). The one-mile project will add seven-foot buffered bike lanes in each direction, reconstruct sidewalks to ensure they meet ADA standards, add lighting, and improve drainage. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.
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Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.
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