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.)
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?
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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.: