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Plan To Extend 836 Expressway Headed To Court

Miami-Dade County transportation planners want to extend the Dolphin Expressway beyond the urban boundary shown here along Southwest 157th Avenue.
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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A proposed extension of the 836 expressway in Miami-Dade County is headed to court.On Monday, two environmental groups each filed lawsuits over plans to extend the expressway 14 miles south into the Kendall area.


Read more: Does Miami-Dade's 836 Expressway Proposal Fit Into The Regional Climate Plan?


The extension is intended to help relieve congestion that strands southwest Miami-Dade commuters in traffic for hours at a time. But the groups behind the lawsuits, the Tropical Audubon Society and Friends of the Everglades, are part of a coalition worried about impacts to the Everglades ecosystem and restoration projects.


If the highway goes ahead as planned, it will cross the county's urban development boundary -- an imaginary line intended to protect the Everglades from urban sprawl.


Read more from our news partner, the Miami Herald.

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