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Reversible lanes in Doral area on the road

Written by on October 30, 2018
Reversible lanes in Doral area on the road

A Department of Transportation and Public Works study of the feasibility of reversible traffic lanes in the Doral area is nearly done.

The department recommended that the county consider reversible lanes on Northwest 25th Street from the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike to State Road 826 and Northwest 36th Street from the Homestead Extension to State Road 826 back in August 2017.

Department Director Alice Bravo told Miami Today then that the study would “probably” require another six months. Over a year later, the study is expected to be completed this month. The finished study is to be presented at an upcoming Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization’s Transportation Committee meeting.

The feasibility analysis outlined the operational analysis, conceptual plans and cost estimates to construct both corridors. If the analysis finds that reversible lanes are recommended, the county would then need to allocate funds for a full design and a construction period, which could take up to two years.

The recommendation to try reversible lanes came after the county Transportation Planning Organization completed a traffic study in September 2016 to evaluate the use of reversible lanes along major roadways based on volume, geometry and number of lanes.

A reversible lane is used to increase a roadway’s directional capacity during daily peak travel times by shifting the flow of traffic to serve the greater demand. The system signals traffic to flow in one direction during one period of time in a roadway lane, and then reverses it to the opposite direction, depending on where traffic is stalled.

No date is set on when the study will be done or when construction could actually start.

2 Responses to Reversible lanes in Doral area on the road

  1. Oscar

    November 1, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I attendgd Georgia Tech in Atlanta in the early 1970’s. Some of the roads had reversible lanes. None of the streets were divided highways. Lane direction was controlled by traffic lights. The system was satisfactory. I have visited Atlanta many times since then and all reversible lanes have been discontinued.
    Miami Dade Commission has one commissioner who represents West Miami that wants reversible lanes for SW 8th Street in West Miami.
    The county has studied this issue multiple times over the years, and it is not feasible. These studies are a waste of money and will not provide a viable solution.

  2. Art Acuna

    November 3, 2018 at 1:32 am

    This was tried on South Dixie Highway many years ago and discontinued. It appears to have been unsuccessful.