The Kendall Parkway:
Imagine The Possibilities
The Kendall Parkway:
Imagine The Possibilities
The Kendall Parkway is a new north-south multimodal transportation corridor west of 167th Avenue from the Tamiami Trail to SW 136th Street which connects to SR 836 at 137th Avenue and NW 12th Street.
The southwest area of Miami-Dade County has been the fastest growing area of the County with no additional major transportation infrastructure proposed to serve the 600,000 residents and businesses in the area. The Turnpike and the Palmetto Expressway alone cannot address the existing demand or the projected capacity needed to provide mobility in this area. Residents spend an hour to an hour and a half each way in their daily commute.
With the Kendall Parkway, residents will access this new expressway within minutes of leaving their homes, significantly reducing their daily commute. The biggest benefit is that traffic will split east and west between the Kendall Parkway and the Turnpike significantly reducing the congestion on all arterials and neighborhood roads between these two facilities. This means that instead of travelers intruding into neighborhood streets to avoid congestion, it will be easier to travel through the main roads. This technically gives the neighborhood back to the residents of the area. The Kendall Parkway will benefit all commuters and residents in the area whether they use it or not.
The Kendall Parkway is proposed as a multimodal transportation corridor that will include Xpress Technology (XT) Lanes to be used for express bus service that will connect to the SR 836 express bus service to commence early next year. This means that for the first time, residents of West Dade and West Kendall will have travel options in addition to their cars. The Kendall Parkway will offer commuter the ability to take an express bus from West Kendall all the way to downtown in the special lanes that will offer a fast and reliable service. The Kendall Parkway will also include multimodal hubs near the Kendall Executive Airport and Kendall Drive. These hubs will include parking facilities, transfers to other transit lines, and boarding platforms in the Kendall Parkway’s median. These platforms will be weather protected and climate controlled and designed to serve additional modes in the future, such as light rail or heavy rail. The Kendall Parkway corridor is also reserving an envelope for potential future rapid transit service by Miami-Dade County. This express bus service on the Kendall Parkway will be a southwestern extension of the bus express service that MDX will operate on SR 836 starting next year with potential destinations at the Airport and Downtown. This service will initiate at the Dolphin Station/Park and Ride west of the Turnpike and north of NW 12th Street to open later this year.
The Kendall Parkway will also include a 14-mile nature trail for biking, jogging, walking and sightseeing, which also serves as a buffer to the urbanized area. The design of the trail will harmonize with the areas it traverses. It will run along the right of way of the expressway, but will be fully separated from vehicular traffic. This nature trail will include access points from residential areas along the trail.
Miami-Dade County submitted an amendment to the Comprehensive Master Plan incorporating a new transportation corridor (Kendall Parkway) within its plan. This is a necessary step in the planning process for this project. On September 27, 2018 the Board of County Commissioners adopted the Kendall Parkway into its Comprehensive Development Master Plan. This was a major win for all those residents that support the project and voiced this support in person, sent emails in support of the project to the County Commissioners or provided support cards that were presented to the Commissioners during the hearing.
We will ask for the community’s participation and support once again for the final public hearing in West Kendall on the Project Development and Environment Study. This is the planning study that has been on-going for 4 years and many of you have participated either in the Kick Off, Corridor or Alternatives Workshop meetings as well as in a Citizens Advisory group. Once we have the date which tentatively will be at the end of the year and the location we will post this on this website and send an email to anyone that has or will register in this page. Once the public hearing has taken place and the study wrapped up it will move forward design and permitting by local, state and federal regulatory agencies and then eventual construction.
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