Sony Open

Sony Open tennis tournament fans asked to allow for more drive time

Sony Open organizers are asking fans to leave with plenty of time for the popular tennis tournament that begins Monday.

With the Bear Cut Bridge to Key Biscayne partly shut down, drivers should allow for more travel time than usual to the Crandon Park Tennis Center.

While the bridge continues to have four auto traffic lanes — two eastbound to Key Biscayne and two westbound toward the mainland — the lanes have shifted and are narrower. Pedestrians and cyclists will be asked to stick to the outermost westbound lane, which is closed to auto traffic.

“Miami-Dade County has worked diligently to find a viable solution for allowing four lanes of traffic flow in each direction over the Bear Cut Bridge,” said tournament director Adam Barrett, said in a news release. “Our goal is to help patrons prepare for a safe and timely arrival by allowing ample travel time to Key Biscayne.”

As in years past, fans who park on Virginia Key will be able to board free shuttles to the tennis center. The shuttles will run continuously during the day and up to an hour after the completion of the last evening match.

The tournament continues until March 31. Qualifying matches take place Monday and Tuesday, with main matches beginning Wednesday.

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