Tamarac, FL (June 19, 2020) – Tamarac residents have paid Broward County’s penny surtax for transportation since it went into effect in January 2019 and will soon start to see the benefits. Tamarac just received approval for approximately $4 million in funding for projects throughout the community.
The independent oversight board that evaluates and recommends projects recently evaluated projects for its first cycle of funding and gave the green light to five Tamarac projects. Those recommended projects received final approval from the Broward County Commission on June 18.
“Alleviating traffic congestion is a high priority in Tamarac. These funds will be used to address immediate needs, identify concerns and plan for the future,” said Tamarac Mayor Michelle J. Gomez. “In light of today’s economic concerns and the effect of the pandemic on the City’s budget, we want to do all we can to maximize the value that our residents receive from their investment into this County initiative.”
The largest City of Tamarac project up for approval was the approximately $2.8 million Mainlands 1 – 5 Rehabilitation and Maintenance (R&M) project. Because it’s an R&M project, it required Tamarac’s City Commission to pass a resolution of support, which it did in a 5-0 vote.
The project encompasses removing existing asphalt and providing new asphalt for deteriorating roadways in the Mainlands 1 -5 communities as well as ADA curbing, concrete removal, the maintenance of traffic and pavement markings, and restoration.
“The Mainlands communities are some of our oldest and most charming communities, and they need to be kept up,” said Vice Mayor Marlon D. Bolton, who represents Tamarac’s District 1, where the Mainlands communities are located. “I am very pleased to see them among the first to benefit from the surtax.”
The City also requested $528,902 to install traffic calming devices in various neighborhoods throughout Tamarac, $445,817 for an emergency traffic control device in front of Fire Station 15 on Hiatus Road, $135,000 for bicycle safety and connectivity projects and $120,000 for a multi-modal planning study. This study will analyze existing transportation data system deficiencies within the City’s transportation network to recommend strategies to resolve or mitigate these issues. It will address congestion issues and provide the framework for a comprehensive vision for Tamarac’s transportation system.
ABOUT THE CITY OF TAMARAC
Tamarac covers a 12-square mile area in western Broward County and is home to more than 65,000 residents and approximately 2,000 businesses. Ideally situated, Tamarac provides easy access to highways, railways, airports and waterways, and a wealth of cultural and sports activities. Tamarac’s median age continues to grow younger and the population more diverse, as people recognize the City as a great place to spend their lives. For more information visit www.Tamarac.org.
Elise Boston or Sue Zeiler
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