Dolphin Expressway commuters, brace for yet another major traffic shift.
Starting Monday at 5 a.m. you’ll have to take a different exit to get to West Flagler Street and NW 87th Avenue, if you are driving west on the Dolphin Expressway, also named State Road 836.
The change is the latest traffic pattern modification in the ongoing $560-million project to overhaul the massive interchange linking 836 with State Road 826, the Palmetto Expressway, near Miami International Airport (MIA).
Currently, drivers on westbound 836 who are headed to West Flagler and 87th Avenue exit ramps stay on the right lanes of the highway, go past the 72nd Avenue exit ramp and then look for their respective exits.
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“Starting Monday, drivers on westbound 836 will now have to exit at the 72nd Avenue ramp and then bear to the left to access a new temporary ramp lane that will take them to 87th Avenue and West Flagler Street,” said Oscar González, a project spokesman.
The change, which could be postponed by inclement weather, will be in place for about five months and will enable workers to carry out other project work including demolition of a bridge.
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