Drivers heading into Miami Beach this weekend will need a full tank of gas — and patience. Starting Friday evening, nighttime traffic in South Beach’s entertainment district will be restricted.
Drivers heading into Miami Beach will encounter a DUI checkpoint on the MacArthur Causeway east of the Palm and Hibiscus Islands intersection from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Traffic on the MacArthur Causeway will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and the same will be done on the Julia Tuttle Causeway if traffic gets too thick. Police will use license tag readers on both to identify and pull over drivers with outstanding offenses.
Drivers on the Venetian Causeway will be asked for residential identification but will not be turned away.
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Once on South Beach, drivers heading to the entertainment district will be funneled into a one-way loop that flows north on Collins Avenue from Fifth Street to 15th Street and south on Washington Avenue over the same 10 blocks.
Collins will be altered 24 hours a day from Friday morning until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Washington will be one-way from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ocean Drive will be closed to all traffic until Tuesday morning.
Miami Beach residents will have easier access than tourists will. Proof of residency will be requested from people who try to enter these residential areas:
• South of Fifth Street between Alton Road and Euclid Avenue.
• Between Fifth Street and Lincoln Road from Washington Avenue to Alton Road.
• Between Dade Boulevard and 41st Street from Alton to Collins Avenue.
However, city spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez said motorists without residential IDs would not be refused entry.
This story has been updated to reflect changing traffic patterns in MIami Beach.