- Broward County completed Phase 2 of its Green Lights traffic synchronization program, retiming 470 intersections in addition to the original 480 intersections retimed the year before, for a total of 950 intersections. Travel delays and vehicle stops were reduced between 10 percent and 42 percent, which contributed to a reduction of an estimated 8.8 million gallons of fuel and 660,000 tonnes of community-wide GHG emissions annually.
- Water and Wastewater Services upgraded its online bill payment system to provide more secure access and display real time payment history including pending payments. Customers can also view current account balances which are updated nightly.
Effective management of a community’s public infrastructure has a direct impact on the quality of life residents enjoy. Regional services provided by Broward County include the construction and management of government facilities, maintenance and modernization of traffic management systems, planning and implementation of highway, roadway and neighborhood improvement projects, and provision of waste disposal, water and wastewater services.
Facilities Management and Construction Management divisions have partnered with Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department and other County agencies to help develop and implement projects that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions that are both cost effective and will reduce the amount of energy used over the long term. Additionally, new construction projects continue to make extensive use of USG-LEED green technologies to minimize Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Construction of a new 741,000-square-foot, 20-story Broward County Courthouse began in August 2012, with completion scheduled for 2015. The courthouse tower is LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design) and part of a long-awaited new judicial complex which will include 500- and 1,000-car new parking decks and renovations to the existing East Wing and Midrise facility.
The design of a new $28 million maintenance facility for Broward County Transit on Ravenswood Road in Dania Beach was completed and construction has begun. The new facility will accommodate the fleet’s 60-foot articulated buses, and include a fueling station and covered bus wash.
Grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was used to complete hazard mitigation on several buildings, including the Public Safety building and the east wing of the Broward County Judicial Center. Improvements include impact resistant glass to protect against hurricane force winds. An $11.5 million hazard mitigation grant project is also underway at the Main Library, with completion scheduled for early 2013.