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MacArthur Ramp Closure: Getting to SoBe Will Be a Catastrophe for the Next Month

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photo by Captain-tucker via Wikimedia Commons
It'll be a few weeks before you see the MacArthur look this empty.
Even on the slowest of rainy weekday afternoons, getting to South Beach via the MacArthur Causeway requires the Zen patience of a yogi to survive the thousands of tourists gawking at Biscayne Bay and frantically weaving between lanes. It's about to get much worse.

The flyover that deposits traffic onto northbound Alton Road is set to close for repairs Sunday, much to the surprise of city commissioners and residents.

The ramp closure is part of FDOT's two-year Alton Road improvement project, which has already snarled traffic along South Beach's main north-south artery on the bay side.

The agency says the flyover needs repairs and has pledged to reopen the ramp within 30 days, with escalating fees to the contractor if the work runs over.

Still, news of the closure caught commissioners by surprise. They slammed the traffic agency at a meeting last night, echoing what most residents shouted when they heard the news over the weekend.

"You're going to make the residents miserable," Commissioner Deede Weithorn said, according to the Miami Herald.

FDOT says it notified the city two weeks ago, but commissioners complain they never got the news.

"It's going to be a traffic problem," Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said, CBS4 reports. "Fashion Week is coming up. I think it's going to be a nightmare."

Whomever FDOT notified, residents certainly didn't get much information about the project. Here's the full notice the city sent residents last Friday:

Notice the key questions left unanswered: What kind of detours? How will traffic lights help mobility?

Last night's meeting did little to assuage those concerns. FDOT conceded the repairs will increase commutes to the Beach by "two to four" times. The Herald also has a few details about how a median will be removed to add another lane to traffic.

But the best idea of all might be to pump up your bike tires, get your kayak out of storage, or perhaps hire a rickshaw -- anything to avoid the MacArthur until September.

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34 comments
Mike Montero
Mike Montero

Most misleading headline by NT in a day or 2. Kudos!

Yesenia Soto
Yesenia Soto

And traffic I'm sure will now be diverted to Julia Tuttle. Kill me!

Rigo Hernandez
Rigo Hernandez

Yeah, saw Amanda's post today. Not looking forward to the delays. Thanks though.

Sean R Sullivan
Sean R Sullivan

ontop of that getting to 195 is a pain because of the construction on alton..

Chuck Strigl
Chuck Strigl

I know someone who knows someone and they are saying it could be longer then double the time.......

j.pollo
j.pollo

Look at the photo above. See the other two bridges? Use them.

PalmIslandResident
PalmIslandResident

The lack of coordination between FDOT and City of Miami Beach adds an enormous strain of stress of all commuters of the causeway but there is yet a another adverse effect of equal, if not higher priority to Palm-Hibiscus-Star residents who are forced to be gridlocked within the same nightmare traffic imposed by this closure along with every week-frying egg 9-5 worker who all look to get a drink at sobe through this same route.  This is a outrageous slap in the face of all high value tax payers in this association who are not getting access for something well paid.  The timing on behalf of FDOT couldnt be worse with the convergence of events happening this month at Sobe.  It is left to us Palm and Hibiscus residents will try to work with the Mayor of MB to put into place an immediate plan enforced by MBPD to allow island residents an "expedited lane" that will facilitate our movement out of the gridlock into our homes.  The placement of one of our off-duty officers that already are employed on the island at the causeway may be in order.  

Nmb Chamber
Nmb Chamber

Never mind South Beach we have North Miami Beach!!!

carlosmiller
carlosmiller

So essentially MB officials are upset that road closures will go into effect to improve road conditions as opposed to shaking down citizens as they do during Memorial Day Weekend.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Locking them in and letting them destroy themselves.

Aldo Suarez
Aldo Suarez

these people are ... yet they don't think that Sobe needs another method of transportation aka MetroRail, Honestly after spending an hour or more seating on the MacArthur and fighting to get a parking spot who feels like doing anything anymore.. this is STUPID!

internetinternet
internetinternet

Do the residents and visitors of Miami Beach want to continue to drive in Biscayne Bay saltwater that backs up into this intersection during high tides?   Years ago somebody posted a picture of a new Maserati that was totaled due to this rust, please find those pictures and post them.  One month of traffic delays to save your city is not much of a hardship.  The photos of Miami Beach flooding are used worldwide by climate change organizations.   City will start to see a rapid decline in property tax values and be in  massive financial trouble in a few years.  Everybody knows this.  Miami Beach is a sinking ship. 

https://belleisleblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/as-belle-isle-drainage-work-proceeds-we-need-to-know-is-your-car-rusting/


Jorge Dinov
Jorge Dinov

Thank god im in vacation. Enjoy your traffic guys!!

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

This just shows how stupid the transportation situation is in Miami, especially to the beach. You close one small ramp, the whole region erupts in panic. No region will thrive in the 21st century with such extreme car dependence as Miami-Dade. 


kareemtabsch
kareemtabsch

@cpchester You make it sound like extreme car dependence is unique to Miami-Dade when in reality its the norm for the majority of the country.  Albeit we need a major transportation overhaul but as some one who uses that flyover daily, the short notice and seemingly unclear plan is cause for concern.  

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

@kareemtabsch All true, however many other transit-starved cities are at least meaningfully addressing the issue. 

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