State finishes six-year, $260 million Krome Avenue upgrade
After more than six years of non-stop construction to enhance Miami-Dade’s westernmost thoroughfare, the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) $260 million Krome Avenue improvement program is finished.
FDOT on Friday announced completion of the 11th and final project in the program, which began in February 2015.
The projects “address safety, flooding, water quality, economic competitiveness and preservation of the existing roadway,” FDOT Project Manager Jonathan Fundora said, adding that FDOT programs with similar projects to improve Krome Avenue have been in the works since 1999.
The latest and last piece of the current program, a one-year, $16 million project by Horizon Contractors that included building a new facility allowing trucks to bypass Homestead’s Historic Downtown District, finished 42 days ahead of schedule on March 30, FDOT personnel said.
The project also featured a variety of infrastructure improvements, including new drainage, signals, signage and lighting; roadway rebuilding, widening and restriping; and sewer upgrades.
Altogether, the Krome Avenue program spanned 36 miles of roadway in West Miami-Dade from Okeechobee Road southwest of Pembroke Pines to Palm Drive in Florida City.
Project segments ranged in length between a 2.4-mile stretch north of Tamiami Trail and a seven-mile link between Tamiami Trail and Kendall Drive. Per-project costs ranged from $13 million to $59 million.
Work along the full length of Krome Avenue included:
■Widening the road from two to four lanes.
■Reconstructing roadways and shoulders.
■Building new bridges over the C-6, C-4 and C-102 canals.
■Upgrading traffic signals.
■Constructing new non-motorized, multi-use trails.
■Enhancing existing traffic and pedestrian signals to current standards.
■Adding plastic poles throughout the corridor between northbound and southbound lanes “to increase awareness and discourage passing.”
■Installing a 40-foot median in some parts.
■New guardrails, drainage systems, lighting, signage and pavement markings.
“Widening the roadway was critical in providing a safer, more efficient commute for drivers in the area, and the multi-use path provides a dedicated trail for bicyclists and pedestrians,” Mr. Fundora said.
Contractors FDOT hired for the project included General Asphalt, Halley Engineering, Horizon Contractors and Odebrecht Co.
Construction, engineering and inspection consultants on the project included Aecom, Calvin Giordano & Associates, The Corradino Group, H. Rodriguez Consulting Engineering, RK&K Engineers and Solid Consulting Engineering.
FDOT personnel who oversaw the project included Mr. Fundora, Hector Fung, Andres Berisiartu, Claudio Diaferia, John Garzia, Ivan Hay, Lazaro Mesa and Jacqueline Sequeira.