Ultra fans may move to the music in downtown Miami. Drivers? They’re pretty much stopped in their tracks.
While organizers urge people heading to the annual festival at Bayfront Park to use mass transit — Metromover, Metrorail and buses — Miami police are preparing for added congestion.
“We definitely encourage those going downtown this weekend to pack patience and be advised there are some traffic diversions,” said Kenia Fallat, a spokeswoman for Miami police.
Take note of these changes on the road:
▪ Beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, all southbound traffic along Biscayne Boulevard will be forced to turn right onto Northeast Fourth Street and head west to Northeast Second Avenue to continue south.
▪ The southbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard will be used for northbound traffic from Southeast First Street to Northeast Fourth Street, where all the northbound traffic will be redirected to the regular lanes.
▪ All side streets will remain open during the electronic dance music festival.
▪ The traffic pattern will return to normal Monday. Fallat said officers will be deployed throughout the area to assist drivers. “We anticipate large crowds, but we are prepared” she said.
Tri-Rail is offering extended train service every night of the festival.
The special northbound Tri-Rail train will depart at 1:35 a.m. from the Miami Airport Station, after the arrival of the last scheduled Metrorail train. For more info, visit, http://www.tri-rail.com/ultra.