written by on December 6, 2022
  • miamitodayepaper.com


Silver Bluff traffic is restricted to keep the neighborhood safe

As new traffic signs go up along Southwest 17th Avenue in Miami, residents of Silver Bluff will benefit from a reduction in rush-hour traffic coming from US 1.

The city commission voted last month to request that Miami-Dade County authorize permanent signs to restrict traffic on certain streets during morning and evening rush hours in the Silver Bluff neighborhood. No-left-turn signs will go up at all intersections on Southwest 17th Avenue between US 1 and Coral Way to restrict westbound traffic through the residential neighborhood.

Signs will prevent commuters from cutting through Silver Bluff between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The resolution directs the city attorney and manager to coordinate with the county to install signs and enforce the new restrictions.

Additionally, the city’s resolution requests that the county also authorize no entry signs for Southwest 24th Terrace off Southwest 17th Avenue. Signs will be posted on the west lot line of commercial property on Southwest 17th Avenue, on the north and south sides of the roof. This would prevent motorists from cutting through residential roads while allowing entry to commercial property.

There are about five left-turn signs on Coral Way from Southwest 24th Terrace to Coral Way, or Southwest 17th Avenue running to Southwest 22nd Street. These signs will aim to redirect rush hour traffic from Silver Bluff, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods.

Silver Bluff is between Southwest 27th and 12th Avenues, bordered by US 1 to the south and Corral Way to the north. The neighborhood covers just over half a square mile and consists primarily of single-family homes.

The Town of Silver Bluff was incorporated in 1921 and existed as a municipality for four years until annexed by the city in 1925. erosion by water.

Housing development west of US 1 grew rapidly during the extended period following World War II. Single-family ranch-style homes from the 1920s mixed with vintage, quaint Mediterranean-style residences filling the streets of Miami’s trendy subdivisions like Silver Bluff.

At the time of its establishment, Silver Bluff’s population was estimated to be between a few hundred and 1,000 people. As of 2019, an estimated 7,000 people lived within its boundaries, a mere fraction of the city’s roughly half a million residents.

As Miami’s population continues to grow, restricting commuter traffic through Silver Bluff could help preserve the neighborhood as a relaxing enclave for families as it has been for nearly a century.

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