An already congested area of Northeast Miami-Dade near Aventura will get even worse beginning this week.
That's because the intersection of Miami Gardens Drive and the Florida East Coast Railway will be closed for construction beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday and last through 6 p.m. Nov. 4. The railway is just west of Biscayne Boulevard.
The work, being done by All Aboard Florida, the parent company of Brightline and MiamiCentral, is needed for the future Brightline passenger rail service.
The $3-billion, high-speed rail service that will connect West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami is scheduled to begin by the end of 2017.
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Aventura police warned drivers that the closure will impact commuters. To go to Aventura from Miami Gardens, drivers will either have to go north or south before they hit the train tracks. They won’t be able to cross over the tracks to get to Biscayne Boulvard from Miami Gardens Drive.
For those drivers on Biscayne, wanting to head west, they will either have to use Ives Dairy Road or Northeast 163rd Street.
“Heavy traffic is expected,” police said in a release. “Please allow plenty of extra time for morning and afternoon commutes and plan on using alternate routes during this time period.”
For more information on Brightline visit www.allaboardflorida.com.