MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami’s Palmetto Expressway isn’t called the ‘Crawlmetto’ for nothing. Anyone who drives in South Florida knows the traffic is mind-numbing, but there is some good news from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis regarding all of that congestion.

Gov. DeSantis announced a plan Monday that will be implemented by the Florida Department of Transportation designed to ease the gridlock on the heavily traveled SR 826 route.

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Planned changes include:

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  • Adding an additional general-purpose lane in the southbound direction.
  • Reducing the express lanes in the northound direction from two to one.
  • Creating an access point into the express lanes at Northwest 122nd Street.

“Leaders in Miami-Dade, including Speaker Oliva, Senator Diaz and Representative Avila, expressed concerns to me about congestion on the Palmetto Expressway and I tasked Secretary Thibault with working with these legislators to develop a solution,” said Governor DeSantis. “I’m glad that progress is being made and I appreciate the Department’s responsiveness to legislators and their constituents.”

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Officials say a timeline for the project and its completion will be released shortly.