Miami Beach and state highway department take steps to relieve Art Basel traffic

12/03/2013 4:58 PM

12/03/2013 5:07 PM

Miami Beach hopes to ease traffic generated by the ongoing Art Basel fair by deploying a free trolley service and partially reopening Alton Road.

Miami Beach has partnered with the city of Miami and the Miami Downtown Development Authority to provide a free trolley with service to Midtown and the Miami Beach Convention Center. The trolley will run every hour, on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec 7. On Sunday, trolley service ends at 8 p.m.

The state has also agreed to reopen Alton Road from 17th Street to Michigan Avenue whenever possible, according to a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman. It has been partially closed as the state agency (also known as FDOT) improves the roadway. A city press release said the state agreed to reopen the street, the closure of which has been controversial, after a meeting with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach.

FDOT has also agreed to pay for an extra police officer to direct traffic during Art Basel, said spokeswoman Heather Leslie. She noted the state continues to work on optimizing traffic signals during this time.

Miami Beach has also installed traffic cameras that will allow the police department to monitor traffic in real time, and adjust flows as needed, according to the city.

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