Squeaky neighbors get City's attention
Due to complaints about the lack of pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Mary Street, Mr. Cruz-Casas says the city will improve pedestrian walkability by working with Miami-Dade County to build a crosswalk across the north leg of the intersection at Mary, Oak and Tigertail. They are hoping to have this completed by end of June. Mary Street was designated to be a bicycle-priority street, which had "sharrows," which I assume are those drawings on the street which indicate the fact. It's a pretty narrow street, but I guess it is the main artery to get from Bird Avenue to the Center Grove by bicycle.
The sharrows were removed during street renovation, and neighbors what them back, they say that there existence there calms traffic and slows speeders down. One major issue is that Mary Street has become a truck route, with trucks speeding up and down all day long, according to neighbors. Neighbors claim that Mary Street should be a quiet, residential street and that it is not a thruway, but since I have been a kid, I have always used Mary Street as a thruway to get from the Center Grove to Bird Avenue; Mary along with Virginia Street and 32nd Avenue.
As for the crosswalk at Oak, Mary and Tigertail, Cruz-Casas says, "The current geometry of the intersection does not allow for a safe crosswalk along the east leg. We will evaluate a different intersection configuration as part of a comprehensive traffic calming plan."
Residents will work with the City and County on the whole issue. A meeting will be set to discuss it all.
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