Speaker Oliva Welcomes FDOT Action on the Palmetto Highway to Address Severe Congestion Issues

The Speaker Expects and Looks Forward to Seeing These Improvements Completed Quickly


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Today, Speaker Jose Oliva released the following statement after the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced scheduled improvements to the Palmetto Expressway specifically designed to address severe congestion in the area.


The planned enhancements will include:


  • Adding an additional general-purpose lane in the southbound direction,

  • Reducing the managed lanes in the northbound direction from two to one, and

  • Creating an access point into the managed lanes from NW 122nd Street.


Upon learning of the announcement, Speaker Oliva said, “Congestion is one of the top quality of life issues in Miami. The area in and around the Expressway are particularly congested – and chronically so. We must be more proactive in anticipating traffic needs and planning for growth and today’s announcement is a giant step in the right direction. I thank FDOT for their action today and thank my colleagues – Senator Manny Diaz, Representative Bryan Avila especially – for their hard work and perseverance as well as Governor DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez for their support for this project. We stand ready to cut thru roadblocks and red tape to get this project moving and I look forward to working with FDOT to make that happen.”


Per the FDOT announcement: “The plan is anticipated to deliver a regional infrastructure network that will provide greater mobility options in Miami-Dade County. Additionally, FDOT will begin rulemaking to reduce the minimum toll rate from $0.50 to $0.00. FDOT is in the process of finalizing the anticipated timeline for completion of the modifications and more details will be released as soon as they are available.”


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