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Get Ready for Another SoBe Trafficpocalypse: Westbound MacArthur Closed This Morning

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via @KellyNBC6's Twitter
The cause of this morning's shutdown: An accident on the MacArthur.
Update: According to his social media posts, JoJo Nicolas, the former Miami Hurricanes football player involved in this morning's horrific crash on the MacArthur Causeway, had been partying at South Beach nightclub Mansion.

Hey, South Beach drivers, still celebrating the news that the Alton Road construction might finish seven months early and give you reprieve from the exhaust-choked hell you've endured driving to work for the past year?

This morning should sober you up pretty quickly. For the second time in three days, all the westbound lanes on one of the causeways are closed following an accident. Prepare for chaos!

Update: The crash, which happened around 5 a.m., involved former UM football player Jojo Nicolas, whose Lexus ended up wedged beneath the back of a semi-truck. Nicolas was severely injured, the Miami Herald reports.

On Sunday afternoon, a rollover accident smack in the middle of westbound I-195 shut the Julia Tuttle Causeway for hours and left traffic snarled from South Pointe Park up to the 79th Street Causeway.

This morning, it's a car versus semi-truck accident on the MacArthur Causeway. (The Miami Herald has a photo gallery of the wreck -- it's a bad one.)

via @KellyNBC6's Twitter
It doesn't help at all, of course, that the ongoing construction on Alton Road has already created a 24-hour bottleneck along West and Dade avenues while the only viable north-south artery for Miami's most popular tourist neighborhood is buried under construction equipment.

If that project does help the persistent flooding problems along Alton, it will be a worthwhile sacrifice.

But still, it's almost as if the brutal delays of the past year have been trying to send Miami residents a subtle message.

Something about more visitors than ever vying with a booming resident population on overclogged roads? A hint that life might be better for everyone with a little light-rail link between downtown and Miami Beach?

Nah, that's probably just our imagination. Back to bitching about the accident on the MacArthur, everyone!

Update: Thought you'd beat the jam by sneaking up Collins Avenue toward the Julia Tuttle Causeway? Wrong move:

Update 2: The MacArthur is set to reopen shortly, as of 11 a.m.:

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14 comments
grahamtedesco
grahamtedesco

What a tasteless article...this kid was in a horrific accident, is in critical condition, and the author uses that to bitch about traffic?

Should be ashamed of yourself. That goes for the people compounding it with their braindead traffic comments as well.

How about the slightest sign of sympathy for the kid and his family?

Mary Lezcano
Mary Lezcano

This was a nightmare and so was the detour back up collins to the julia tuttle.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................the solution people is TWO words.."PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION" = period

Melissa Ginsberg
Melissa Ginsberg

Christian Garcia just saw you posted something about this

Carlos Caycedo
Carlos Caycedo

The driver of that car was former university of miami football player jojo nicholas

Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

West bound in the morning is cake. Now if it was Eastbound, well shit would be crazy! Wake up stupid people in cars, your not the only person on the road!

Europa Delicatessen Deli
Europa Delicatessen Deli

I drove by there this morning right after it happened! It was a horrible Scene! It was either speeding under some influence or speeding while texting or all together!

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman

Usually when there's a collision(there's no accidents). Someone or many people are hurt or dead. Stop being selfish & blaming others . Oops my mistake , that's Miami.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................IF it weeds out the stupid and dangerous then its survival of the best drivers leading to LESS crashes...the HURT or the DEAD are usually the BLAME so it all works out

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