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Visitors crawls at MM 84.5 on Windley Key following a water primary break on the southbound lane of U.S. 1 in Islamorada in March. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

The next is a press launch from Monroe County on the U.S. 1 Arterial Journey Time and Delay Examine. Discover extra in-depth protection within the Aug. 24 Keys Weekly newspapers.

The Monroe County 12 months 2030 Complete Plan and Land Improvement Code (LDC) require all proposed growth and redevelopment going down inside unincorporated Monroe County don’t end in a discount of the carried out stage of service necessities. 

The excellent plan and LDC have established minimal stage of service (LOS) requirements for roads, notably U.S. 1, which is a part of the Florida Division of Transportation State Freeway System.

The LOS commonplace is carried out via a overview of growth proposals making certain that the transportation services wanted to serve growth shall be in place when the event impacts happen.

The U.S. 1 Arterial Journey Time and Delay Examine (examine) is completed by the county’s skilled visitors engineering advisor who conducts a longtime systematic visitors monitoring program to observe visitors volumes and journey speeds of U.S. 1 in addition to on every of the 24 examine segments on U.S. 1. This overview has been performed yearly since 1992 and each two years since 2013.

Through the years, there have been timeframes the place sure segments of U.S. 1 have skilled a slowing of visitors speeds however usually not for U.S. 1’s general complete arterial size. In 2019 the draft examine indicated that the general LOS for the complete size of U.S. 1 had fallen from a C to a D grade, however the county’s skilled visitors engineering advisor had issues over parts of the methodology that had been outdated and asserted must be up to date. Because of this, the Monroe County BOCC didn’t undertake the 2019 draft examine and re-engaged the U.S. 1 LOS Process Power to judge the county’s skilled visitors engineering advisor’s concerns. 

The duty power advisable a number of updates to the methodology, which the BOCC adopted in February 2021 (Reso. No. 064-2021). The up to date methodology was used to finish the 2021 examine, which was adopted and integrated and is utilized by Monroe County for growth overview.

The 2023 draft examine has been accomplished using the up to date methodology and signifies that the general LOS for the complete size of U.S. Freeway 1 has fallen from LOS C to LOS D, and there’s no reserve capability for extra journeys. In keeping with the accepted insurance policies and laws within the complete plan and LDC, this might imply that the county could not allow new growth, apart from single-family properties, except the proposed growth’s visitors impression is mitigated.

Workers confirmed with the county visitors engineering advisor that the FKAA water primary breaks and repairs that occurred throughout the dates of knowledge assortment had been accounted for within the examine calculations and outcomes. The information is collected throughout the identical timespan every time.

With the draft examine indicating an general LOS D on U.S. 1 with a median velocity of 44.7 miles-per-hour, an applicant would want to work with the county and FDOT to determine mitigation and enchancment tasks to attain and keep compliance with the carried out LOS, represented by a median velocity of 45 mph.

The 2023 draft examine requires approval by the Monroe County BOCC, after which skilled employees will incorporate it into the Biennial Evaluation of Public Services Capability Report, which is often introduced for adoption on the October or November BOCC assembly, and would then be used for growth overview.

The Monroe County BOCC will focus on the 2023 draft examine on the usually scheduled Sept. 20, 2023, BOCC assembly.

The 2023 Degree of Service and Capability chart. CONTRIBUTED

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