Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Commuter surprise - Miami-Dade County Installed a 4-way stop on 87th Avenue at 144th Street

Love it or hate it, but the County installed a four-way stop on 87th Avenue at the intersection of 144th Street. The new 4-way stop signage went up during the morning to mid-day hours of Tuesday, November 19, 2019. It is good news that Miami-Dade County has stepped in to address this intersection.
This is a dangerous intersection. It is nearly impossible to cross or turn at this intersection safely. 

PRO: It will make it easier and safer to turn left or cross 144, but ...
CON: it is a four way stop, rather than a circle. This mean drivers can run these signs and T-bone other vehicles. 

NOTE: The free standing center stop sign is temporary - placed there to educate and provide additional visibility that there are new stop signs until drivers get used to the fact that the signs are there. You can also expect painted stop markers (the broad white stripe) to be added in the near future. 

BACKGROUND: There was once a traffic circle slated for this corner, budgeted for the 2018-2019 budget year. 3 of the current members of the village council voted for the budget that included the proposed traffic circle. This new (current) council VOTED DOWN this traffic circle in 2019.  I am told that the Village Council voted 5-0 in favor of the 4-way stop at a recent meeting (I am working to verify). 
SPECIAL NOTE - the index to resolutions only lists resolutions that were APPROVED. You won't find a resolution that failed - those are not posted - thereby limiting the record. 

Reliving history. Does anyone recall the Mangowood 4-way stop issue at SW 82nd Ave at 148? This led to resolutions and numerous town hall meetings - and a WLRN Article - "Is It Possible To Have Too Many Stop Signs? Depends On The Alternatives, Palmetto Bay Residents Say" by Kate Stein, September 28, 2016 - for full background, please review a relevant prior post, from September 30, 2016, WLRN covers traffic town hall - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - significant background is provided in the related prior posts.

1 comment:

  1. “Is It Possible To Have Too Many Stop Signs?“

    Yes, and they are rapidly reaching that maximum.