79th Street PD&E
Miami-Dade County, FL
Curtis + Rogers Design Studio, Inc. was retained by Stantec to render services for the Florida Department of Transportation, for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) for SR 934/NE/NW 79 Street from West of I-95 (13 CT) to the end of SR 934/1 Way PT. Also, subsequent design alternatives to evaluate corridors improvements will follow in coordination with the Complete Street context classification initiative.
Gathering existing roadway characteristics – relating to sidewalk materials, parking areas, percentage shaded sidewalks and presence of furnishings within corridor, and opportunities for activities commensurate with Complete Streets initiative were mapped.
Since the area is prone to coastal flooding, existing environmental characteristics in relationship to flood risk and located in a high risk zone to storm surges was also undertaken in order to assess sea level rise and climate change. To identify opportunities or lack thereof to provide more canopy and infiltration areas to inform the next stage on the PD&E process; the roadway design alternatives were documented through mapping and metrics. Identification of the costal floodplain, storm surges and sea level rise water elevation. Furthermore, the related opportunities for additional canopy and infiltration areas to mitigate the flooding are assessed and related to reference sections. This was a very innovative and resilient approach to asses a corridor at a very preliminary planning stage setting a new threshold for this kind of project.