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Why Not A Bridge?

This piece was originally published by The Miami Herald on February 9, 2018.

Miami-Dade has a traffic problem, no doubt. And it’s incumbent upon county officials to take all reasonable measures to alleviate that problem. The letter writer who defended Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava blocking approval of the proposed bridge across the canal to connect Southwest 87th Avenue in Palmetto Bay (“Right decision,” Feb. 4), got it wrong.

To say that improving traffic flow will only encourage more traffic disregards the fact that if more cars are using one route, then there is a corresponding reduction of traffic using other routes.

And after twisting logic, she then concludes with no evidence whatsoever that the bridge wouldn’t create any measurable traffic relief. Really?

The head of Miami Dade Transportation Planning concluded that the bridge would indeed ease traffic congestion and recommended building it.

Commissioner Levine Cava effectively blocked the bridge because she represents Palmetto Bay and is trying to court voters in her district.

I just hope that voters remember when Commissioner Levine Cava runs for mayor that she put the voters of her district above the common good of the county.

JOHN S. SCHWARTZ, MIAMI

Learn more about the Southwest 87th Avenue bridge project.