Miami-Dade’s mayor flies to Tallahassee this week to fight a state takeover of local toll roads, and he says an early victim of the proposed legislation would likely be a planned extension of the 836 expressway into West Kendall.
“One of the major issues I have with that bill is the fact that it may stall that project for some time,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who also serves as the appointed chairman of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. The toll board of state and county appointees, best known as the MDX, collects tolls on the 836 and four other expressways. “The people of West Dade need that relief now.”
The proposed 13-mile toll road through Miami-Dade’s western suburbs may end up a prime front in the fight over the MDX’s future, since the local lawmakers trying to dismantle the agency say they don’t want to hurt the planned highway, either.