Commuters on the Dolphin Expressway, also known as State Road 836, will get a week’s reprieve from a planned traffic flow shift.
Traffic engineers were gearing up for the change to start Monday at 5 a.m., a move that would have forced drivers to take a different exit to get to West Flagler Street and NW 87th Avenue, if driving west on 836.
But on Friday, project spokesman Oscar González said the shift had been postponed until next weekend because of rain Thursday afternoon disrupted workers’ plans to prepare the roadway for the traffic shift Monday.
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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Once the shift takes place, drivers on westbound 836 will 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 González.
The change 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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