President Donald Trump is expected to announce his Cuba policy in Miami Friday afternoon — but one thing already certain is the traffic jam that awaits drivers in downtown and around the airport.
Major roads are likely to be shut down for the president’s motorcade to and from the event, which is scheduled at the Manuel Artime Theater, 900 SW First St. in Miami, early Friday afternoon. Air Force One was expected to land at Miami International Airport after noon and return to D.C. later Friday.
Roads around Miami were already showing signs of increased security for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Florida International University on Thursday for a conference on Central American policy. Pence, who was accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, gave the keynote speech at the event and was to remain in Miami through Trump’s speech.
Some road closings have been announced for Friday, including Northwest 33rd Street between 91st to 97th avenues in Doral. West Flagler Street from N. River Drive to 12th Avenue and Southwest 1-2 Street from 8th Ave to 12th Ave will also be closed Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., though more closings may be announced to meet the president’s or vice president’s security needs. Those heading to the airport Friday can also expect slowdowns on State Road 836 — the Dolphin Expressway — as Trump arrives and departs from MIA, as well as possible delayed flights to accommodate Air Force One.
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Some Miami-Dade bus routes could also be affected. Metrorail and Metromover announced that some routes might stop intermittently for up to 30 minutes to accommodate the president’s and vice president’s visits.
Friday marks Trump’s first visit to Miami since becoming president — the last time he passed through was in September several weeks before the election. But he has made several stops north at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach since his inauguration, where he has hosted foreign presidents and dignitaries.