Yes, the $32 million, 28-month reconstruction of Alton Road has begun.
And yes, getting the Florida Department of Transportation to change direction on a plan bid and begun may be impossible.
But….a group called the Alton Road Reconstruction Coalition has assembled a thoughtful ploposal for rebuilding Alton Road to accommodate pedestrians, bikers and commuters with a concept that promotes good air and green space.
The folks behind the plan, led by a group of neighborhood associations, advocate for wider sidewalks, a hike and bike trail on the west side of Alton, a lower Alton Road speed limit and narrower lanes to slow traffic, more shade trees and a center median.
The coalition Facebook page lists a series of public meetings to make the case, including a May 22 Miami Beach Land Use meeting where a lower speed limit (30mph instead of 35) will be pitched. There’s also a coalition meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Seymour, 945 Pennsylvania.
The coalition website outlines the plan in detail — what looks right in the FDOT plan and what doesn’t.
So yes, construction has begun. Can the course of action be changed?