|Award Winner: Medium Project – Innovative Management|
|SR 25 (Okeechobee Road) Depressed Section Project
“It was truly a partnership, truly was a way to move traffic quicker through our community, help the business community, not only in the City of Hialeah but for the entire South Florida area.”
State Road 25 (Okeechobee Road) is a major east/west corridor in Miami-Dade County. An active Florida East Coast Railroad grade crossing between West 12th Avenue and West 19th Street in Hialeah, with up to 26 train crossing per day, created substantial traffic congestion. FDOT partnered with the railroad, Miami-Dade County Transit, the city of Hialeah, and other parties to remove the bottleneck by depressing the highway under the train tracks. The $37 million project rebuilt a quarter-mile section of SR 25, adding one new lane in each direction in addition to sinking the road to allow trains to pass overhead. Significant improvements in traffic flow on this important corridor have been realized thanks to the project’s completion.