After more than six years of uninterrupted construction to improve Miami-Dade’s westernmost road, the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Krome Avenue improvement program has been completed for $ 260 million.
On Friday, FDOT announced the completion of the 11th and final project in the program, which began in February 2015.
“The projects deal with safety, floods, water quality, economic competitiveness and the preservation of the existing pavement,” said FDOT project manager Jonathan Fundora, adding that FDOT programs with similar projects to improve Kroma Avenue have been underway since 1999.
The latest and final part of the current program, a $ 16 million one-year Horizon Contractors project that included the construction of a new facility that allows trucks to bypass Homestead’s historic city district, was completed 42 days ahead of March 30, staff said. FDOT.
The project also included a number of infrastructure improvements, including new drainage, signals, signage and lighting; road reconstruction, widening and rehabilitation; and sewer upgrades.
Overall, the Krome Avenue program stretched 36 miles in western Miami-Dade from Okeechobee Road Southwest of Pembroke Pines to Palm Drive in Florida.
The length of the project segments ranged in length of 2.4 kilometers north of the Tamiami Trail and a seven-kilometer connection between the Tamiami Trail and Kendall Drive. Project costs ranged from $ 13 million to $ 59 million.
Works along the full length of Kroma Avenue are included:
■ Extending the path from two to four lanes.
■ Reconstruction of roads and shoulders.
■ Construction of new bridges over canals C-6, C-4 and C-102.
■ Upgrading traffic signals.
■ Construction of new non-motorized, multi-purpose trails.
■ Align intersections.
■ Improving existing traffic and pedestrian signals according to applicable standards.
■ Adding plastic poles through the corridor between the lanes to the north and south “to increase awareness and discourage passage”.
■ Installing a 40-foot median in some parts.
■ New guardrails, drainage systems, lighting, markings and pavement markings.
“Pavement widening has been crucial to ensure safer, more efficient commuting for drivers in the area, and the multi-purpose trail provides a special trail for cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Fundora said.
The FDOT contractors hired for the project were General Asphalt, Halley Engineering, Horizon Contractors and Odebrecht Co.
Construction, engineering and inspection consultants on the project were Aecom, Calvin Giordano & Associates, The Corradino Group, H. Rodriguez Consulting Engineering, RK&K Engineers and Solid Consulting Engineering.
The FDOT staff supervising the project were Mr. Fundora, Hector Fung, Andres Berisiartu, Claudio Diaferia, John Garzia, Ivan Hay, Lazaro Mesa and Jacqueline Sequeira.