The state Department of Transportation has taken back management of a project to close the Dadeland Gap, constructing the last 1.2 miles of the M-Path near Dadeland Mall. As presented to the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee on Wednesday night, the idea of the trail crossing the mouth of the Snapper Creek Expressway at grade level has been dropped. From the path's present southern end at SW 67th Avenue, the route will start along U.S. 1 (S. Dixie Highway), turn west at the expressway and pass beneath it to reach SW 70th Avenue.
A county contractor started building the south end of the new stretch several weeks ago, leading to a crossing of North Kendall Drive at the crosswalk next to U.S. 1.
When the Gap is closed, the M-Path will connect with the South Dade Trail to provide a continuous off-road route from Downtown Miami to Florida City.