The 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act directed the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to evaluate what additional modifications to the Tamiami Trail roadway are necessary beyond the features currently being constructed under the authority of the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park. The purpose is to restore ecological connectivity between Everglades National Park and the Water Conservation Areas and to restore more natural water flow to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. The National Park Service worked alongside a Project Delivery Team consisting of federal, state, and local agencies to formulate and evaluate a series of project alternatives.
Everglades National Park is pleased to announce the completion and public release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Tamiami Trail Modifications: Next Steps project. The preferred plan identified in the FEIS would add an additional 5.5 miles of bridging beyond the present 1 mile bridge. When coupled with other planned restoration projects, the additional bridging would provide unconstrained flows of water to Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park. The resulting increased water volumes and improved flow distribution are expected to promote conditions conducive to the survival of myriad species of fish and wildlife.