Anyone who's tried to drive through South Beach in the past year can tell you that Alton Road has been a construction-induced nightmare: snarled bumper-to-bumper traffic and nearly impossible pedestrian access to shops and restaurants. Good news! The work on Alton is nearly done. But that means th ... More >>
On March 15 a Miami-Dade metrobus, travelling east across the Venetian Causeway near the old Miami Herald building, suddenly got stuck. The weight from the bus had opened a hole in the structure, and engineers later discovered that a portion of the bridge had fallen loose. A month later, in the wa ... More >>
In a fight between a man and the interstate highway system, one would expect the man to always lose. Artist George Sánchez-Calderón, who's been engaged in such a conflict all year, always figured he'd lose too. "But it's a fair argument to say, like, you should or could have this guy stay here," h ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains what's wrong with race relations in Miami-Dade. African-Americans in Miami don't get a fair shot at anything. It's sad ... More >>
There are two types of drivers in Florida: snow birds who drive 15 mph under the speed limit, and everyone else who pretty much ignores the speed limit. Despite that, Florida still has a speed limit maximum of 70 mph. A bill to raise the limit to 75 mph in some areas narrowly passed the Florida Ho ... More >>
State Sen. Aaron Bean has a dream. It's a dream so kitschy it makes socks with sandals look classy. A dream so sick it could be stolen from only one place: South Carolina. Bean wants to string a giant fake suspension bridge over all the interstates leading into our fair state. Two 30-foot towers wo ... More >>
If you're a Miami Beach resident who, say, has a job on the mainland, coming home from work tonight will be the last time you can use the flyover that connects the MacArthur Causeway to Alton Road for about a month. As part of the Alton Road reconstruction project, the Florida Department of Transpor ... More >>
Oh, hahaha. Silly Florida. Look at those idiots. They can't even spell their own state's name correctly on their own damn interstate signs. Listen, you snobby fuckers, this time it wasn't actually our fault. It was Arkansaw's.
Every right-thinking American who's not a local municipal bean counter knows that red-light cameras are a total scam. Numerous studies have suggested they actually make intersections less safe, and last month a Tampa TV station even found proof that Florida had covertly changed the rules to allow sh ... More >>
Remember the traffic nightmares a few years back when workers were tearing up and reconstructing a portion of Biscayne Boulevard through Omni and Midtown? Well, it's South Beach's turn now. The Florida Department of Transportation begin a 28-month project to refurbish Alton Road in South Beach today ... More >>
In a few hours, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff will announce a mysterious new lawsuit they promise will have a "profound" impact on Overtown, Omni and downtown Miami. What could it be? New regulations for Ultra Music Fest? Stricter controls on police? JETPACKS FOR EVERYONE? ... More >>
A bakery truck crashed into a column of an I-95 overpass leading to westbound State Road 84 early this morning, causing a major traffic backup that lasted well into the morning rush hour.The truck, which belongs to Tracy Bakery in Palmetto Bay, was left hanging from the overpass for several hours wh ... More >>
Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® 2012 issue June 12 online and June 14 in newsstands.Best Public Works Project Miami Intermodal ... More >>
Does your daily commute take your through the interchange of the Dolphin and Palmetto Expressways? Well, we're sorry for your daily dose of traffic torture, but there's some good news. The Florida Department of Transportation will pay you up to $75 a month to carpool. It's true!
Ultra Music Festival is taking it to the streets. Literally. A few blocks of northbound lanes on Biscayne Boulevard will be closed starting Thursday night through early Monday morning. Plan your route accordingly, and as a favor to yourself and the drivers who can't avoid it, consider staying out ... More >>
Next week, Miami New Times is publishing a guide to the eight of the worst public works projects in Miami-Dade, where bureaucrats and elected officials take pride in wasting millions in taxpayer dollars on crap residents have little-to-no use for. As we reveal each one of these boondoggles on Rip ... More >>
via Miami Bike SceneDon't expect to see one of these badboys on Collins anytime soon.Miami Beach traffic is already hell -- especially on Collins Avenue, where the lack of left-turn lanes combined with miles of buses and cabs waiting to get into tiny art deco hotel driveways equals nightmarish gr ... More >>
Driving through South Florida is about to get a little more expensive. Toll roads operated by the Florida Department of Transportation will see toll raises put in place by June 30, 2012. That includes the Florida Turnpike, the Sawgrass Expressway and Alligator Alley. Express lanes on I-95 and roa ... More >>
Florida's high-speed rail plan is official dead -- done in at the hands of Rick Scott. But the governor giveth as he taketh away. Scott says the state will pick up the tab on funding a project to dredge the Port of Miami, allowing it to handle larger ships. Scott says the project will create 30,0 ... More >>
Can't all Holidays just get along? It's that time of year again. Yep, that time when conservatives and cranky Christian organizations start moaning about "the war on Christmas," claiming that businesses and organizations' decision to either ban holiday decorations all together or favor generic wi ... More >>
Miami-Dade CountyTrucks waiting at the Port of MiamiTrucker Jose Martinez heads to the Port of Miami every day on his 40-foot white Freightliner. By the time he gets downtown, traffic is a breeze. "It's like going from the bed to the kitchen," he says.Twenty years ago that wouldn't have been poss ... More >>
via Gif PartySometimes Bureaucrats really do just love breakfast food, sometimes they don't (Parks & Rec joke, woo!)Every political reporter in the state of Florida might have to deal with strong cravings for IHOP for a while now, as the inexplicably stupid political scandal now known as Waff ... More >>
Kyle MunzenriederAn empty and slightly damp Biscayne Boulevard.A rare sight at the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 35th Street today: no traffic.That's because southbound Biscayne is blocked off between NE 33rd and 36th streets following a water main break caused during reconstruction a ... More >>
via flickr ccSuha Monem makes a mean falafel sandwich. As the head chef at Oriental Bakery & Grocery -- and the owners' daughter -- she has spent most of her life surrounded by pita, lamb, and tahini. After one Yelper tried her grub at the Coral Way shop a couple of years ago, he proclai ... More >>
The Venetian Causeway is scheduled to be closed for most of May while it undergoes maintenance. While this is an inconvenience for motorists who regularly use the bridge, it could pose major safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists who rely on the causeway as a safer means of traveling between t ... More >>
Good news! Last week, we wrote that the City of Miami is looking at places they can refit to be accommodating to bicycles. The Bike Blog plugged a few ideas, in particular Coral Way, which is up for resurfacing soon – a great opportunity to add bike lanes. It seems that Miami agrees:
As reported in the Herald (which is so stingy with its online news that the link will be dead by tomorrow - what's up with that?), a majority of Miami Beach City Commissioners voted in the city's neighborhoods committee not to recommend a plan that would put bike lanes on Alton Road and instead endo ... More >>
For over a year now, eager entrepreneurs have lobbied the Miami Beach city government to allow pedicabs – bicycle rickshaws for hire – to operate on the Beach. Similar outfits are already busy ferrying people around in other South Florida cities – Fort Lauderdale, most notably – but, so far, ... More >>
It may not be time to take out the aged scotch yet, but you can at least crack a celebratory cerveza this weekend, thanks to a ruling this week from the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee that said bicycle groups have the right to sue the Florida Department of Transportation for failing to ... More >>
Rides: Sorry for the late notice on this one, but: Tonight, the Emerge Miami’s Critical Mass will be riding bikes at Shark Valley in the Everglades. Meet at Coconut Grove Metrorail stop at 6:00, or at Shark Valley at 7:00. If you’d like to stay closer to home, the other Critical Mass (the pun ... More >>
It’s a posh address for the uber-wealthy, home of the Rodeo Drive of Miami and wintering spot for the likes of Viagra pitchman Bob Dole. Bal Harbour is also an unlikely home to a feud over public beach access, pitting surfer-types against mega-developers and bureaucrats.
palm this tree For decades, Biscayne Boulevard was a regal stretch of road, a tropical gateway to paradise. Visitors were greeted with smooth asphalt, clean family-friendly motels and towering palm trees. Today, of course, it's mostly commuters that flow into Miami via Biscayne, and they are as ... More >>
In Northwest Miami-Dade there's a long, lonely stretch of Florida's Turnpike that goes 65 blocks without a single exit. From NW 41st to 106th Street, there are no bathroom breaks, no gas station cappuccinos, and a ten-mile turnaround for the distracted driver who misses an exit at either end. Wi ... More >>
The bridge is often up in Miami's poshest and fastest-growing neighborhood
Venetian Islands residents complain that the county has sent their causeway on the road to ruin
Which will kill you first: Commuting regularly across I-395 in the pitch blackness, or holding your breath until the DOT fixes the streetlights?
Today it's an ugly headache. Someday it will be a beautiful source of pleasure. But tomorrow it's still going to be an ugly headache.
U.S. Rep. William Lehman snags $2.5 million in federal money for bike paths in his Dade district - and cyclists aren't taking it sitting down