One in three Florida residents live in the southeast region comprised of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. In 2006, Miami-Dade was the 8th largest county in the United States (2.4 million), Broward was the 15th largest county (1.8 million) and Palm Beach was the 29th largest county (1.3 million). The 2000 Census indicated that these three counties made up the nation’s 7th largest metropolitan region with a population of approximately 5.5 Million. The 2010 Census indicated that they were now the 4th largest metropolitan area in the US.
Hundreds of facilities make up our region’s transportation network; facilities that carry freight, auto, and transit traffic. To develop this network, the region critically looked at the intended uses and functionalities of the existing and future facilities to determine what is regional.
This assessment considered technical components as well as the Long Range Transportation Plan’s goals and objectives to ensure compatibility and consistency. Ultimately, four criteria were crafted to guide the final selection of facilities: covering roadway, rail and hub. The four criteria definitions and sources are described in detail below.
Regional Interstate and Expressway Facilities
Definition: Interstate, Freeway/Expressway and all other Principal Arterials
Source: Draft 2010 Functional Classification for FDOT Districts 4 and 6, May 9, 2013
Planned Roadway Extensions
Definition: Adopted future Principal Arterial physical extensions
Source: 2035 LRTP CFP for Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County MPOs
Definition: SIS and Emerging SIS Corridors, Hubs, Connectors, Railways and Waterways
Source: FDOT Central Office SIS facilities, April 2013
Principal Arterial Connections
Definition: Minor Arterials connecting to Interstates, Freeways/Expressways, and/or SIS Corridors; other key regional corridor connections to complete the network; extension of Principal Arterials that cross the Intracoastal for evacuation purposes.
Source: Draft 2010 Functional Classification for FDOT Districts 4 and 6, May 9, 2013; FDOT Central Office SIS facilities, April 2013; and Adopted Countywide Evacuation Routes – Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County.
The following project list reflects regional projects of major significance based upon:
- Within the regional network
- Capacity projects identified for construction phases
- Over $5,000,000 total construction allocations