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The City of Fort Lauderdale is making improvements to SE 15th Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard to improve mobility along the street and to improve the quality of life for the Colee Hammock neighborhood.

The project is part of a larger mobility plan project within the Colee Hammock neighborhood and along Las Olas Boulevard between SE 11th Avenue to SE 15th Avenue (temporary demonstration).

The goals of the project are:

  • Increasing the quality of life in the Colee Hammock neighborhood by reducing cut-thru traffic and traffic speed along local streets.
  • Improving pedestrian safety on SE 15th Ave between Broward Blvd and Las Olas Blvd.
  • Reducing traffic congestion and supporting mobility to/from the downtown and the beaches.

Construction began May 2017 and will be completed by September 29, 2017.

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Project Updates

The City of Fort Lauderdale broke ground Monday, May 1, 2017, at the intersection of S.E.15th Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard intersection.

Accomplished:

  • Began work on SE 16th Avenue and 2nd Court.
  • Temporarily raised intersection of SE 16th Avenue and SE 1st
  • Installed ADA ramps, curb, and sidewalks on SE 16th Avenue and SE 1st
  • Installed temporary crosswalk and stop striping at SE 15th Avenue intersections.
  • Began work on SE 16th Avenue and 2nd
  • Began work to install traffic diverter on SE 16th Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard.
  • Acquired a temporary easement on the SW corner of Broward Boulevard and SE 15th Avenue to construct a large turning radius for truck traffic to make it easier to make the right-turn.
  • Began construction on the SW corner of Broward Boulevard and SE 15th Avenue on July 31, 2017.

Accomplished:

  • Completed pedestrian infrastructure and increased safety by installing ADA ramp upgrades across SE 2nd Street and SE 1st Street
  • Partially raised intersection on SE 2nd Street and 15th Avenue
  • Restored sidewalk along SE 15th Avenue
  • SE 15th Ave corridor was reopened to traffic on Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • Construction of Colee Hammock traffic calming improvements on SE 16th Avenue and SE 1st Street began on June 26, 2017.
  • Temporarily raised intersection of SE 16th Avenue and SE 1st Street.

Accomplished:

  • Constructed additional southbound left turn lane from S.E. 15th Avenue to E Las Olas Boulevard to facilitate traffic movement;
  • Replaced disintegrating and aging drainage pipes to upgrade stormwater infrastructure;
  • Installed new drainage structure to reduce ponding at the intersection;
  • Installed American Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades across Las Olas Boulevard and S.E. 15th Avenue to increase pedestrian infrastructure and safety;
  • Temporarily restored the asphalt; and
  • Restored sidewalk

Project Information

  • Reduces traffic congestion and speeding
  • Enhances neighborhood character
  • Improves pedestrian safety, connectivity, and accessibility
  • Helps minimize blocking of intersections
  • Increases on-site stormwater retention
  • Contributes to City’s resiliency by upgrading disintegrating underground stormwater pipes
  • Helps achieve Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale
  • Dedicated left-turn lanes to decrease travel delays and reduce vehicle queuing
  • Signal modifications
  • Larger turn radius
  • Raised intersections
  • Curb extensions
  • Traffic Diverters
  • Restriping travel lanes, on-street parking, and on selected intersections.
  • High-visibility crosswalks
  • Signage for vehicles
  • Asphalt design treatment in select intersections
  • Traffic Calming – The combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. </br>
    Source: Florida Department of Transportation, Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards

    • Examples: Raised intersections, lane narrowing, curb extensions, textured pavement, pavement markings, traffic diverters (include a curbed closure which prevents movements at intersections and can significantly reduce cut through traffic), etc.

We are Working on

  • Adding a dedicated left turn lane from SE 15th Avenue onto Broward Boulevard and from SE 15th Avenue to Las Olas Boulevard
  • Making signal modifications to allow for new turning movements and facilitate better traffic flow
  • Fixing the turn radius for trucks turning onto SE 15th Avenue from Las Olas Boulevard, and Broward Boulevard onto SE 15th Avenue
  • Creating safer pedestrian crossing opportunities at all intersections along SE 15th Avenue
  • Removing the stop sign along SE 15th Avenue at SE 2nd Street, reducing the crossing distance with curb extensions, and adding pedestrian push bottom lights to enable crossing
  • Installing new stormwater infrastructure and upgrading aging stormwater pipes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is this project?

The Las Olas Boulevard Safety and Traffic Calming project is a Community Investment Plan (CIP) project that includes a series of multi-modal improvements along SE 15th Avenue between Broward and Las Olas Boulevards, traffic calming within the Colee Hammock neighborhood, and temporary multimodal improvements along Las Olas Boulevard between the Himmarshee Bridge (SE 11th Terrace) and SE 15th Avenue.

The CIP project was created after completion of a traffic and pedestrian safety study in 2013. The study had three goals: 1) to reduce cut-thru along local streets in the Colee Hammock neighborhood, 2) to increase efficiency of moving traffic on SE 15th Avenue and supporting mobility to/from the Beach, and 3) to increase safety and multimodal mobility opportunities along Las Olas Boulevard.

What are the proposed improvements on SE 15th Avenue?

The traffic and pedestrian safety study recommended making improvements along SE 15th Avenue that improves the traffic flow while balancing the quality of life in the Colee Hammock neighborhood. This should reduce cut-thru along other streets within the neighborhood because SE 15th Avenue should work better for all modes. This will be accomplished through a series of improvements. They are broken out by intersection below.

What are the proposed changes within the Colee Hammock neighborhood?

Once construction of the improvements along SE 15th Avenue is complete, people will find that SE 15th Avenue will operate more effectively and will become the preferred route, alleviating cut-thru on the neighboring streets in Colee Hammock. Beyond what is outlined above in Question 2 for the traffic calming treatments along SE 15th Avenue (raising the intersection, “, there are several improvements being planned in the Cole Hammock neighborhood to minimize cut-thru and to reduce speed. These include:

  • Raised intersections on SE 16th Ave at SE 2nd Court and SE 1st Street; and
  • Curb extensions are proposed on SE 17th Ave at SE 1st Street,

Travel lanes, on-street parking spaces, and intersections will be delineated with striping. This will encourage people to: slow down and stay within the travel lanes, park away from required sight distance, and reduce the crossing distance at intersections

  • on SE 12th, SE 13th Ave
  • and the (east- west) streets between SE 12th Ave and SE 15th Ave: SE 2nd Court, SE 2nd Street, and SE 1st Street,.

Traffic diverters are proposed to prevent vehicles from making restricted movements.

  • Las Olas Blvd and SE 16th Ave, SE 17th Ave; and
  • Alleyway north of Las Olas Blvd on SE 17th

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Contact Us

If you have questions, comments requests, or would like us to provide an update to your group about the project, please give us a call or fill out the contact form below.

Note: All inquiries submitted through this contact form become part of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s public records.

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Tara T. Crawford
Project Public Information Officer
(954) 641-5670
info@lasolastrafficandsafetycip.com

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