Miami-Dade County

Traffic watch: Most roadwork taking a holiday for Christmas stretch

Even Santa might have some trouble traversing a few highways in Miami-Dade this holiday week.

While most of the construction that detours Miami-Dade drivers will take a welcome break for Christmas Day through the holiday weekend, drivers still need to plan for a few hang-ups on State Road 836 as workers continue to put new automatic tolling equipment into place.

Detours include:

▪ Two lanes on eastbound and westbound State Road 836 at Northwest 57th Avenue will be closed for toll-gantry work from 11 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and again 11 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

▪ Two lanes on northbound Northwest 17th Avenue at State Road 836 will be closed for the installation of signs.

The good news?

Most other road and ramp closures on 836, including detours on Northwest 27th Avenue, are taking a brief break after Dec. 23.

No lane closures or detours are scheduled for the various construction projects on Florida’s Turnpike.

Some construction will continue on Interstate 95 from the Golden Glades north into Broward — part of the express-lanes project — will continue during the holidays, but lane closures are suspended until Jan. 5, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

And in the holiday spirit, several streets in Coconut Grove will be closed for the 33rd King Mango Strut parade. Grand Avenue between McFarlane Road and Southwest 32nd Avenue will be closed 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Other area road closures during that stretch for the parade: Commodore Plaza, Fuller Street, and Main Highway between McFarlane and Abitare.