Miami-Dade County

Thinking of driving on U.S. 1 in Coral Gables early Saturday? Read this.

A pedestrian crosses the street at U.S. 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue in this file photo. Farther south down the highway, Miami-Dade plans a pedestrian overpass.
A pedestrian crosses the street at U.S. 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue in this file photo. Farther south down the highway, Miami-Dade plans a pedestrian overpass. skaestle@miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade will shut down U.S. 1 at Coral Gables after midnight on Friday to let workers connect a new pedestrian overpass linking the east side of the highway with the University Metrorail station, the county announced Monday.

The closure of the busy north-south highway is slated to start at midnight Friday and continue until 6 a.m. Saturday. Traffic will be detoured at Augusto Street and South Alhambra Circle for those six hours, the county said.

Miami-Dade announced the closure Monday, along with the following detour routes:

▪ Drivers on northbound US 1 can: Turn left on South Alhambra Circle, turn right on Ponce De Leon Boulevard. Then turn right on Augusto Street, turn left at U.S. 1.

▪ Drivers on southbound US 1 can: Turn right on Augusto Street, turn left on Ponce De Leon Boulevard. Then turn left on South Alhambra Circle, turn right on U.S. 1.

The $6 million project, funded by a mix of county, state and federal dollars, fulfills a longstanding request by the University of Miami to find a safer way for its students to cross the highway to the shops and restaurants on the other side. A county study found 1,300 people a day cross U.S. 1 there.

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