For the quarter of a million people who use the Dolphin Expressway every day, the sight is impossible to miss. Gigantic concrete pillars stretch high above the road, making commuters on the already-elevated expressway feel small. A fleet of construction equipment surrounds the supports. To commuters passing by, the emerging infrastructure feels as tall as a downtown building.

This is the start of an unprecedented project in Miami-Dade: the county’s first double-decker highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) are combining resources to alleviate chronic traffic near downtown. Alumna Darlene Fernandez ’06 is the executive director of MDX. She is one of the leaders helping to make this project and a multitude of other transportation innovations around Miami-Dade County happen. She was hired as head of MDX in March, making her the first woman to hold the position.

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