FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – It’s simple human nature to look for solutions to problems. It is not unusual for drivers to think they know how to fix local traffic ailments. If you live along Southeast 17th Street and think you have a solution, now is your opportunity to offer it up.
City planners know that residents have much to tolerate. Between traffic congestion and cruise ship crowds, the neighborhoods can be anything but friendly to travel. Planners are openly listening to suggestions given by residents, and did so at a meeting last week. So what would the community like to see?
For starters, they would like port and airport traffic moved around the corridor. Less development would be a welcome change, and working alongside the county planners may be beneficial to all. People also suggested adding signage to some streets, creating a bike route and ways to stop trucks from double parking. Officials plan to take these suggestions to heart, and they will return in February with proposed strategies to make the area less congested.
While the city planners are happy to listen to suggestions, they also urge residents to shift their mindset. Instead of driving, look for alternate forms of transportation. Cycling and public transport are both viable options and would cut down on congestion. The city has made promises to do what they can, but the need the help of residents to establish and implement real solutions.
In the end, everyone will benefit if a viable plan for dealing with the traffic nightmare of the corridor can be put into place.