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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:June  5, 2019
 



SUBJECT:A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, APPROVING THE PROPOSED ALTON ROAD SHARED-USE PATH CONCEPT ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF THE MIAMI BEACH GOLF CLUB FROM CHASE AVENUE TO MICHIGAN AVENUE, AND ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF OLD ALTON ROAD BETWEEN 43 STREET AND CHASE AVENUE, AND FURTHER RECOMMENDING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE FUTURE MOUNT SINAI BAYWALK AND THE EXISTING UNDERUTILIZED PATH ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE JULIA TUTTLE CAUSEWAY.

RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission accept the recommendation of the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee to approve the concepts proposed for Alton Road between 43 Street and Michigan Avenue.    

 

BACKGROUND

 

The adopted 2016 Miami Beach Transportation Master Plan was built on a mode share goal and modal prioritization strategy, which places pedestrians first; transit, bicycles, and freight second; and private automobiles third.  

 

As a Priority 1 project, the Miami Beach Transportation Master Plan recommended an analysis and implementation of separated or protected bicycle facilities adjacent to the Miami Beach Golf Club in Middle Beach from N. Michigan Avenue to Chase Avenue.  Shared-use paths serve both pedestrians and bicycles and are commonly found along parks and golf courses, separated from the adjacent roadway. 

 

The Alton Road Bicycle Alternatives Analysis and Implementation Study evaluated the Alton Road corridor comprehensively from 63 Street to Michigan Avenue and recommended improvements to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity.  Attachment 1 depicts a map of the study area. 

 

Key community outreach meeting dates and interagency coordination included: 

May 12, 2017 – Notice to Proceed

August 7, 2017 – Public Meeting #1

-       Key comments:  General public support

September 19, 2018 – Meeting with Parks and Recreation and Miami Beach Golf Club

September 26, 2018 – Field Review

October 16, 2018 – Public Meeting #2 (Combined w/ Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared-Use Path)

-       Key comments:  minimize hardscape, buffer homes and recreational users from golf balls, keep the view of the golf course

December 10, 2018 – Transportation, Parking, and Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee supported the project.

December 18, 2018 – Public Meeting #3 (Combined w/ Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared-Use Path)

-       Key comments:  the Alton Road Shared Use Path concept was supported, and additional time was needed for Chase Avenue and 34 Street.  

February 19, 2019 – Public Meeting #4 (Combined w/ Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared-Use Path)

-       Key comments:  support was reiterated for the Alton Road Shared Use Path and its continuation north to the intersection of 43 Street and Alton Road, and a preferred alternative was chosen for the Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared Use Path.  

March 13, 2019 - City Commission referral to NCAC.

 

The proposed concepts were also vetted extensively with internal city departments, Miami Beach stakeholders, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

 

The City Commission has previously approved, in concept, the future North Bay Road Neighborhood Greenway to serve as the alternate north-south bicycle connection between Alton Road from 43 Street to 63 Street. In addition, the proposed Biscayne Waterway Bridge and Surprise Waterway Bridge cross sections were approved by the City Commission on March 13, 2019 via Resolution No. 2019-30744 to provide the necessary connections for the North Bay Road Neighborhood Greenway. The typical sections provide for bicycle lanes on the bridges.  The costs for these bridge facilities are anticipated to be part of the future FDOT Alton Road project.  In addition, the Transportation Department is evaluating the potential for improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the future as part of the planned FDOT Alton Road project, pending the resolution of the preferred Alton Road typical section comprehensively addressing street elevation, tree preservation, and mobility.

 

The Alton Road section from Michigan Avenue north to 43 Street is the subject of this agenda item.

ANALYSIS

Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are important for Alton Road because they increase resilience and improve connectivity and safety.  Resilience will increase as more people walk and ride bicycles to go where they need to go.  This will reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and align with Miami Beach and Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact goals. Connectivity will improve because the proposed Alton Road Shared-Use Path will connect to a series of paths around the Miami Beach Golf Club and the future North Bay Road Neighborhood Greenway.  Safety will significantly improve along Alton Road as the existing substandard or non-existent bicycle and pedestrian facilities are replaced with new and improved facilities.  Also significant is the creation of safe routes between Mount Sinai Medical Center and the neighborhoods south of 41 Street.

 

Michigan Avenue to Chase Avenue, along Alton Road (Phase I)

The existing substandard bicycle facility along this segment consists of a northbound unbuffered, unprotected bicycle lane.  There is also no sidewalk on the east side along this segment.  The proposed facility is a shared-use path consisting of a buffered, bi-directional bicycle lane and pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of Alton Road.  Angled parking would need to be implemented at Miami Beach Golf Club parking lot to accommodate the proposed bicycle facility, reducing parking spaces from 131 to 124.  Miami Beach Golf Club is open to expanding the existing parking footprint slightly to maintain 131 parking spaces. 

 

The estimated construction cost of the Alton Road Shared-Use Path from Chase Avenue to Michigan Avenue along the golf course and the parking lot modifications is $3 million. 

 

Chase Avenue to 43 Street, along Old Alton Road (Phase II)

There are no existing bicycle facilities along this segment.  Between Chase Avenue and Garden Avenue, there is a sidewalk on the east side of the road.  Between Garden Avenue and 43 Street, there are sidewalks on both sides of the   road.  The proposed facility adds a buffered, bi-directional bicycle lane on the east side of road.  This route is especially important because it provides a safe route between Mount Sinai Medical Center and the neighborhoods south of 41 Street. 

 

Relocation of four (4) on-street parking spaces is needed near the intersection of Old Alton Road and 41 Street to accommodate the proposed bi-directional buffered bicycle facility.  Relocation of the existing Citibike station on 39 Street to the west side of Old Alton Road south of 39 Street could replace two (2) of these parking spaces.  An additional two (2) new parking spaces have been identified on the west side of Nautilus Drive to mitigate the parking impact; however, 3 or 4 existing Gumbo Limbo trees on the swale may need to be removed to accommodate this replacement parking. 

 

Along Old Alton Road between 43 Street and 41 Street, relocation of the 14 on-street residential parking spaces and four (4) metered on the east side is needed to accommodate the proposed buffered bi-directional bicycle facility.  The P61 Lot at the northeast corner of Old Alton Road and 41 Street has the capacity to accommodate this parking, according to the 2015 Walker Parking Analysis.   The P61 lot has 49 spaces, with an evening occupancy of less than or equal to 69%.  As proposed, 35 parking spaces would maintain current operations and 14 would be used for replacement residential parking spaces.  At 69% occupancy, there would be an evening vacancy of 15 parking spaces, enough to accommodate the 14 relocated residential on-street parking spaces.  It is not feasible to relocate the four (4) metered on-street parking spaces in this area.

 

The estimated construction cost of the proposed buffered, bi-directional bicycle lanes along Old Alton Road from 43 Street to Chase Avenue is $1.8 million.

 

Attachment 2 provides additional detail regarding the proposed Phase 1 improvements described above.

 

Mount Sinai Baywalk and Julia Tuttle Causeway

The future Baywalk project is proposed to be located along the west side of the Mount Sinai property.  The Baywalk could potentially be extended underneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway east bridge and connect to the existing underutilized path along the south side of the Julia Tuttle Causeway.  This concept would require further study and coordination with both Mount Sinai and FDOT.  Costs would be developed as part of a future study. 

 

Funding and Implementation

The total cost of Phases 1 and 2 is estimated to be $4.8 million.  The 2018 G.O. Bond Program (Project # 20 - Protected Bicycle Lanes and Shared Bike/Pedestrian Paths) includes $170,000 for design in Tranche 1 and $1,200,000 for construction in Tranche 2.   Funding from Half-Cent Transit Surtax (PTP) and Local Option Gas Tax is being requested through the capital budget process.   Additional funding is being sought through the FDOT's 2019 Transportation Alternatives Grant Program. 

 

The Administration will work with FDOT on the timing of the shared-use path project and FDOT’s future Alton Road project from 43 Street to Michigan Avenue (currently anticipated to begin construction in 2022) to coordinate the design and construction of the two projects and achieve cost efficiencies during the construction phase of the proposed Alton Road Shared-Use Path.

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission accept the recommendation of the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee consisting of the following:    

 

-    A shared-use path along the west side of Miami Beach Golf Club between Chase Avenue and Michigan Avenue;

-    A shared-use path along the east side of Old Alton Road between 43 Street and Chase Avenue; 

-    Further evaluation of extending the future Mount Sinai Baywalk underneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway east bridge and connecting to the existing underutilized path along the south side of the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

 

Upon City Commission approval, the Administration will initiate the design phase using existing G.O. Bond funds programmed for this project.  

KEY INTENDED OUTCOMES SUPPORTED
Ensure Comprehensive Mobility Addressing All Modes Throughout The City

Legislative Tracking
Transportation

ATTACHMENTS:
Description
A1 Project Map
A2 Project Information