I-395 Eastbound Closed Due to Structural Damage (Update: It's Back Open)
At the moment, drivers have a single direct option to get to South Beach: The Julia Tuttle Causeway. With the Venetian Causeway still days away from reopening after a nine-month closure to fix structural problems, a portion of I-395 between the Palmetto Expressway and the MacArthur Causeway experienced structural problems of its own this morning, leading to its eastbound lanes being temporarily closed.
Update: The road has now been reopened.
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Luckily, the overpass' problems are minor. According to Local 10, a bridge joint became loose around 7:40 this morning. At least four cars suffered flat tires, while others had undercarriage and rim damage.
The incident happened just west of Biscayne Boulevard.
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Workers are fixing the problem and hope to have the situation under control and the bridge open by afternoon rush hour.
However, the South Beach Food & Wine Festival kicked off in Miami Beach at 1 p.m. today, intensifying the traffic woes.
Drivers heading to Miami Beach are urged to avoid the Dolphin Expressway/836 eastbound and use the Airport Expressway/112, I-195/Julia Tuttle, or the JFK/79th Street Causeway instead.
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