I-195 is a vital limited access facility in Miami-Dade County carrying approximately 130,000 vehicles daily. It provides a direct connection to Miami International Airport (via State Road 112 [SR 112]) from Interstate 95 (I-95) and the densely populated areas of Miami Beach. The corridor provides interchange access to several neighborhoods recently experiencing significant growth including the Design District, Midtown, and Wynwood in the City of Miami.
The mobility and safety needs uncovered included
- More direct access to the I-95 express lanes for areas along I-195 east of I-95
- Improvements within the I-195 Midtown Interchange areas (at N Miami Avenue and at Biscayne Boulevard)
- Determine the feasibility of a separated bicycle / pedestrian path along the Julia Tuttle Causeway connecting between the City of Miami and City of Miami Beach and,
- Determine the need for long term improvements within the SR 112/Alton Road Interchange area in the City of Miami Beach.
BCC developed a list of prioritized short-term, midterm, and long-term improvements to address deficiencies in mainline operations as well as within the arterial network of intersections surrounding the interchange ramp terminals. In performing the study BCC evaluated the purpose and need of the project, performed travel demand/traffic operations modeling and analysis, conducted refinement and analysis of conceptual alternatives, coordinated with various stakeholders as well as developed alternatives and recommendations for the consideration and implementation. This project is well-positioned for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study which is the next phase in the project development process.