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Miami-Dade Wants to Add 13 Miles to the Dolphin Expressway

The extended tollway would cut beyond the Urban Growth Boundary into the Everglades.
October 2, 2018, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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According to Jay Koziarz, "a controversial plan to extend the Dolphin Expressway through the Everglades to West Kendall was OK’d by Miami-Dade commissioners on Thursday by a 9-4 vote."

The project will add 13 miles of tollway on land located beyond the Urban Development Boundary established to protect this corner of the Everglades.

Despite the decision by Miami-Dade commissioners to approve the preliminary plan for the extended expressway, there's still a lot of ground to cover before the project is ready to break ground. Koziarz explains:

Despite winning over the majority of commissioners and appearing to be a forgone conclusion, the project still needs to secure state, federal, and Department of Environmental Resources Management permits. Meanwhile, the county’s new “sexy highway” could potentially face some not-so-sexy lawsuits. Stay tuned.

Another article written by Jenny Staletovich just before the commission's vote digs into the lack of a solid route plan for the project. "In a legal notice published in advance of the hearing last week, the county included a map depicting an eastern route. Commissioners’ application packet, however, contains a map with the route to the west," writes Staletovich. Opponents of the project seized on the lack of detail and transparency as the commission considered the plan.

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Published on Friday, September 28, 2018 in Curbed Miami
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