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Late night commuter? This may help you avoid a traffic headache

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More signs are going up on the highway — and that means more overnight closures.

Northbound and southbound lanes on Florida’s Turnpike will be shut down between Bird Road/SW 40th Street and Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Monday through Thursday.

So late night commuters may want to have a backup plan.

The northbound turnpike will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, and there’s potential for the lanes to be shut Tuesday and Wednesday if the work is not finished.

Traffic heading north will be detoured to exit at Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street (Exit 20). Drivers can then get back on the highway at Bird Road/SW 40th Street.

The southbound turnpike lanes at Bird Road/SW 40th Street will be shut down from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. They could be closed Thursday as well, if work is not complete.

Drivers will have to exit at Bird Road/SW 40th Street (Exit 23) and then can get back on at Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street.

The closures could change if it rains.

For more information, call 800-749-PIKE or go to www.floridasturnpike.com.

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Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.

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