Heavy traffic continues to frustrate drivers in downtown
DOWNTOWN MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- With big crowds comes big traffic tie ups, road closures and backups. Drivers and area residents in Downtown Miami should expect delays.
Bumper to bumper, heal to heal, just about everywhere you look in Downtown Miami there's traffic this weekend. "I knew it was going to be bad, but I was afraid to come down here, so I took a chance," said Yosi Gola.
It's the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival and downtown is packed with thousands of people in colorful clothes ready to party.
But the traffic is to be expected, so some people were not complaining. Instead, they are taking the high road and rolling the windows down and enjoying the show. "I just enjoy the music and enjoy the day," said Dan Vonlehmoen.
There is waiting around in the mess, though. "We do see more people using the public transportation, which is definitely a plus," said Miami Police Officer Kenia Reyes, "because you're able to get here on time and leave on time."
Residents who live in buildings nearby are fenced into their own property. "Unless we have a band, we can't access the pool and the parking," said Sophie Valalik, "it's top notch now with the special decal you have to put on the car."
Even though Ultra is almost over, thousands more people will come into downtown Saturday night for Alicia Keys. "There's going to be a lot more people coming into the area later on this evening for that Alicia Keys concert," said Reyes.
And there's more. Just south of downtown, the heavy traffic is expected to flow out of Key Biscayne as tennis fans flock to the Sony Open.
If you have to actually drive down to the area, be aware that southbound drivers on Biscayne Boulevard will be diverted onto Northeast Second Avenue and northbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes and moved to southbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard at First Street.
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