Friday, November 7, 2003
FTAA: Traffic Disruptions
Proposed Route Or Area Of Closure
The area between Biscayne Boulevard (S.R. #5) and South Miami avenue/ N.E. 6 Street to S.E. 7th Street.
Approximate Times Of Detours And Detours
The Miami Police Department will commence partial street closures at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 16, 2003. Complete closures will occur on November 19, 2003. Closures prior to November 19th will be as needed and as conditions warrant. We anticipate re-opening all roadways by 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2003.
Southbound-State Road #5 Detour: Detour signs will be setup on Biscayne Boulevard at N.E. 12th Street. Southbound traffic will be diverted west on 12th Street to N.E. 2 Avenue. The detour will point south on N.E. 2nd Avenue. At N.E. 6th Street, the traffic on 2nd Avenue will be detoured west to N.W. 1st Avenue. At 1st Avenue, the detour will point south on 1st Avenue to N.W. 2nd Street. Motorist will have the option of continuing south on 1st Avenue or turning left on 2nd Street to get back on southbound Miami Avenue. Motorist will also have the option of crossing the Miami River from S.W. 2nd Avenue. The traffic flow deviation from North Miami Avenue at 6th Street is in the interest of security around Federal buildings.
Port of Miami, Bayside Market Place and the American Airlines Arena traffic will be allowed to continue south on Biscayne Boulevard. Should a problem arise, and Biscayne Boulevard becomes un-passable, an alternate route for these locations will be the previously announce detour on N.E. 2nd Avenue. A left turn on 5th Street from Biscayne Boulevard or 2nd Avenue will permit access to these locations. 5th Street will remain open at all times. Traffic east on 5th Street will be allowed to go north or south on Biscayne Boulevard. The entrance to the Port of Miami will remain open at all times. Local traffic will be allowed in all parts of Downtown except those areas designated as RESTRICTED. Restricted Areas will require a pass or identification to enter.
Should southbound traffic on Miami Avenue become too congested, an intermittent mandatory detour will force all traffic on 6th street to continue west to N.W. 2nd Avenue, then south across the 2nd Avenue Bridge. When Miami Avenue clears, traffic will be allowed south across the Miami Avenue Bridge.
Northbound State Road #5 Detour: Northbound traffic on Brickell Avenue will be detoured west on 7th Street to South Miami Avenue. At South Miami Avenue traffic will be detoured north across the Miami Avenue Bridge. Miami Avenue will be converted into a two-way traffic to south 1st Street. At south 1st Street, all traffic will be force to go east on S.E. 1st Street to S.E. 1st Avenue. All 1st Street traffic will be diverted northbound on 1st Avenue. Vehicles traveling north on N.E. 1st Avenue will be able to access U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard) from any street north of N.E. 6th Street. Motorist desiring to go to Bayside, Port of Miami and the American Airlines Arena will be permitted to travel east on 5th Street to access these points. A checkpoint will be established at 5th Street and N.E. 1st Avenue.
The alternate route for northbound traffic, should it become necessary, will be to send S.W. 7th Street traffic west to 2nd Avenue and north across the 2nd Avenue Bridge. This change will be utilized whenever Miami Avenue becomes backed up and traffic is not moving.
Periodic adjustments will be made to the traffic flow depending on the circumstances and traffic volume.
Exit Ramps from I-95: The exit ramps from I-95 to Biscayne Boulevard and Miami Avenue will be closed from 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 17th, 2003 to Saturday, November 22, 2003. The Florida Highway Patrol will handle all closures on I-95. We anticipate opening the ramps by 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2003.
Should an emergency exist, the area bordered to the west by Miami Avenue, the south by the Miami River, the north by East Flagler Street and the east by the Bay will be closed. People will only be allowed out of the area.