87th Avenue Bridge Task Force

Task Force Position Paper

Click the link below to read the final Position Paper developed by the 87th Avenue Bridge Task Force, as well as the PowerPoint Presentation prepared by the members.  Both documents were presented to the TPO Governing Board in advance of its meeting on March 18, 2021.

Conflict Assessment Meetings (Between Miami-Dade County and the Village of Palmetto Bay)

Task Force Meeting Summaries

Palmetto Bay Actions

On Monday, March 22, 2021, the Palmetto Bay Village Council held a Special Council Meeting to invoke the Conflict Resolution Procedure with the Miami-Dade County TPO.  Click the link below to read the meeting summary and a related statement from the Village Attorney on the matter:

TPO Actions


On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) held a meeting to approve the SW 87th Avenue Bridge Project.  Below, is a summary of the meeting outcome.

Meeting Videos

Background

On February 2nd, Commissioner Cohen Higgins brought forward an item before the Board of County Commissioners urging the County Mayor and Commission to move forward with the construction of a bridge over the C-100 canal at SW 87th Avenue from SW 164th Street to SW 163rd Terrace. 

The County's resolution also called for the appropriation of $3,100,0000 in funds from unencumbered road impact fees and to identify other funding sources as necessary to implement the project.  The next step is for the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) to consider the item at its next Board meeting.  Following the County's action, Mayor Cunningham scheduled a Special Council Meeting on February 8th where the majority of residents spoke in opposition of the bridge and where the Village Council took action in furtherance of the community's desires.  

Commissioner Cohen Higgins requested in a letter sent on February 5, 2021 to the municipal Mayors of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay four names from each municipality to create an 8-member committee to be known as the Community Connectivity Committee. The committee is to meet virtually and engage in meaningful discussion to provide insight on the opposing viewpoints for the TPO's consideration.

Mayor Cunningham Addresses the SW 87th Avenue Bridge

February 11, 2021

Mayor Karyn Cunningham talks about the county's latest action to bring back the construction of a bridge at SW 87th Avenue over the C-100 canal and encourages residents to remain involved to ensure that Palmetto Bay's quality of life is not negatively impacted.  Click below to watch the video.

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87th Avenue Bridge Task Force

On February 22, 2021, following the first two meetings of the county-created committee, Mayor Cunningham announced that she would be withdrawing her appointees from the committee citing concerns over lack of guidance and support to the members, including any legal direction from the county.  

Mayor Cunningham announced the new 87th Avenue Bridge Task Force created by Village Manager Nick Marano, continuing Palmetto Bay's engagement in the process with support and assistance from the Village.

The Task Force is a group created by Village Manager Nick Marano and has been assigned the task to continue discussions on the bridge project and develop a position report for Palmetto Bay.  This report will be presented to the Transportation Planning Organization during their March meeting for consideration by its Board which may approve or reject the project.


Task Force Membership

The members of the task force are the same as the original appointees by Mayor Cunningham to the Community Connectivity Committee.  

  1. Marcelo Zinn
  2. Carmen Baker
  3. Joseph Miorelli
  4. Alan Farquharson

Related Transportation and Traffic Studies

Village of Palmetto Bay Reports