Drivers in Miami-Dade County must confront their most despised stretch of road every day with nerves and soles of steel.
Whether it’s Kendall Drive, Biscayne Boulevard or U.S. 1, the gauntlet of stops and starts is ruled by moronic traffic lights that cause a recurring condition among hapless commuters:Unsynchronized-signal stress syndrome. Symptoms include elevated blood pressure, fear of leaving the garage and brake-foot fatigue.
For decades, traffic flow — or the lack thereof — on greater Miami’s grid of streets has been controlled by lights that seem to turn green or red on a whim and in complete disregard for their peer lights. It’s like a dance troupe performing without a choreographer.
The chaos triggers not only headaches but also long queues, blocked intersections and gridlock.
The thickening of Miami-Dade’s paved arteries has been exacerbated by an outdated signalization system that has not kept pace with changing traffic volume and patterns in a county where the population has grown by 244,568 — or nearly 10 percent — since 2010.