Old Tamiami Trail Removal Project 2020

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The Everglades are a federal park, but it’s private contractors who are getting the money to engineer its revitalization, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Just take a look at the signage to the left side of the entrance to Shark Valley and Everglades National Park. It reads: “Old Tamiami Trail Removal. Miami-Dade County. Ryan Southern Inc.”

Ryan Southern Inc. is a longstanding construction firm listed as the General Contractor for this project which consists of removing 5.5. miles of old roadbed, and in part of lifting Tamiami Trail into above-ground bridges under which can flow the historic fresh waters of accumulated rain, Lake Okeechobee flow, and what surfaces from the underground aquifer system that runs all the way from the north to the south of the state of Florida.

Not listed on this sign is the involvement of Florida Power and Light (FPL) and their cooperation in getting rid of old power lines to make this all possible.

Some of the bridge work has already been completed, and it is already working! All you have to do is drive over the beautiful Shark River Slough, which is coming back to watery life before our very eyes.

The owner of the project is listed as the South Florida Water Management District. Interesting.

The rest of the signage reads :

Governing Board:Chauncey Goss – Chairman
Scott Wagner – Vice Chair

MEMBERS (obscured by shrub)

South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

General Contractor
Ryan Incorporated Southern
1700 South Powerline Road Suite H
Deerfield, FL 33442

Gannet Fleming
2475 Mercer Ave #107
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Sub Contractors
Treecycle Land Clearing Inc.
5019 90th Terrace
Lake Worth, FL 33467

Stoner Associates Inc.
4341 SW 62nd Ave
Davie, FL 33314

CDR Environmental Services LLC
430 Alamo St. SE
Palm Bay, FL 32909

By Jacob Katel

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