At a city commission meeting, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provided an update about various traffic and traffic safety concerns to the city commission.

One very important issue that must be addressed in the City of Wilton Manors is vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist safety along Powerline Road.

Wilton Manors will be working with FDOT and the City of Fort Lauderdale to perform a “road audit.” During this road audit, residents, engineers, and city representatives will literally walk Powerline Road to discuss issues facing those that travel along the road via bike, car, bus or on foot. One key focus of this road audit is to gather input from residents who live near or frequently utilize Powerline.

In addition to being a recognized accident “hot spot,” there is an obvious need to address the inappropriate use of bicycle lanes.  Motorists and commercial vehicles frequently treat bicycle lanes like turning lanes or parking spots — posing a great safety risk to those residents who cycle on Powerline.

The entire audit process should be starting soon and take approximately two months to complete. After the two-month audit period, a presentation will be made at a city commission meeting outlining a plan for improving road safety conditions along Powerline Road.

As a city commissioner, I am interested in hearing from anyone who has concerns about Powerline Road or suggestions on how to make it safer. If you email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., I will ensure your comments are shared with FDOT staff during the road audit process.

I look forward to improving road/pedestrian safety along Powerline Road and other streets in our city. After addressing the unsafe conditions on Powerline, I hope we can begin to address NE 26th Street, which has serious issues with its sidewalks that pose safety risks for our residents, especially those with disabilities.

- Chris Caputo

Wilton Manors City Commissioner