The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission approve the resolution.
The Venetian Causeway is the primary route for bicyclists and pedestrians between the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami. In 2015, pedestrian and bicycle counts showed that 166 pedestrians and 112 bicyclists used the causeway between 6:00 AM and 9:30 AM and 210 pedestrians and 156 bicyclists used the causeway between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.
Over the past years, staff has observed vehicular traffic increase on the Venetian Causeway. This increase may be attributed to the increasing demand and congestion on other primary causeways (I.e., MacArthur Causeway and Julia Tuttle Causeway). However, the Florida Department of Transportation traffic count station on the Venetian Causeway does not have any data beyond 2015 due to prior and ongoing construction projects along this causeway that have disrupted travel patterns over the last couple of years.
Currently, the section between East Rivo Alto Drive and West San Marino Drive consists of six (6) crosswalks across Venetian Way. Three (3) of these crosswalks are signalized (East Rivo Alto Drive, East DiLido Drive, and East San Marino Drive). The remaining 3 crosswalks are not signalized and are only equipped with static pedestrian crossing signs.
In February 2017, the City received an email from the Venetian Islands Homeowners Association reporting safety issues with the crosswalks. Staff has conducted a review of these crosswalks and found no issues with the signalized crosswalks; however, given the traffic in the area and the width of the roadway cross-section, further enhancements to the unsignalized crosswalks may be warranted. Currently, the City has installed portable “Yield To Pedestrian” signs on a pedestal in the middle of the 3 unsignalized crosswalks. Staff also conducted night-time observations of the crosswalks and found one street light was not working. This malfunction has been forwarded to the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) for repairs.
The Venetian Causeway is a roadway facility under the jurisdiction of Miami-Dade County. All traffic engineering modifications, including crosswalks, must be evaluated and approved by Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (MDCDTPW) prior to implementation.
This item was discussed at the May 19, 2017 NCAC meeting. The NCAC passed a motion directing staff to explore the implementation of Internally Illuminated Crosswalks (LED Crosswalks) at the following three (3) unsignalized intersections along Venetian Way:
1) West Rivo Alto Drive
2) West Dilido Drive
3) West San Marino Drive