Miami-Dade County

Traffic Watch: Lane and ramp shutdowns this week on I-95, 826, 836

Roadwork this week is expected to snarl traffic on several highways, including the Palmetto Expressway.
Roadwork this week is expected to snarl traffic on several highways, including the Palmetto Expressway. EL NEUVO HERALD

Commuters this week will face challenges on Interstate 95, State Roads 826, 836, 874 and West 21st Street in Hialeah.

One lane on the northbound I-95 ramp to Florida’s Turnpike and westbound State Road 826, the Palmetto Expressway, will be closed nightly between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Thursday and overnight from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Crews working on the 826 frontage roads project will close various expressway entrance and exit ramps and detour traffic between Northwest 154th Street and 57th Avenue through Thursday, and again on Sunday from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Multiple ramp closures will take place on 836 (the Dolphin Expressway) for electronic toll collection equipment installation. Among them, the entrance ramps to eastbound State Road 836, from northbound and southbound Northwest 12th Avenue will be closed through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each night. Other ramps also will be closed in similar fashion at Northwest 27th Avenue, 57th Avenue, 42nd Avenue and 107th Avenue.

Beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, southbound traffic on State Road 874 (the Don Shula Expressway) will be realigned temporarily north of the turnpike interchange to facilitate ongoing widening of Florida’s Turnpike from north of Eureka Drive to south of Killian Parkway. Southbound lanes on 874 will be shifted to the east and the connector ramp to the southbound turnpike’s exit to Southwest 152nd Street will be shifted north of its current location. Electronic signs will advise drivers on 874 about the new exit point to Southwest 152nd Street. The new traffic alignment is anticipated to remain in place until spring 2016.

The Florida Department of Transportation is also starting construction this week on West 21st Street in Hialeah from West Fourth Avenue to Palm Avenue. The project, which will cost about $95,000, will last roughly three months and includes repaving and re-striping the roadway.

Meanwhile, the FDOT Miami office is planning two new projects along I-95 from Northwest 8th to 79th streets.

Construction is expected to begin in September 2017 at a cost of $70 million. The work will involve repaving, upgrading bridge railings and drainage, and installing electronic message signs and ramp signals.