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Think driving to downtown Miami is bad now? Four years of construction starts Monday

Rendering of the planned “signature bridge” over Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, part of the reconstruction and redesign of I-395.
Rendering of the planned “signature bridge” over Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, part of the reconstruction and redesign of I-395. Connecting Miami

Trying to get into or pass through downtown Miami using I-95 sometime in the next four years? Get ready for possible delays beginning June 30.

These delays will be caused by the construction of the “Connecting Miami” project.

The five-year, $802 million reconstruction of I-395, double-decking a section of State Road 836, repaving a stretch of I-95 and building a “signature bridge” over Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami will necessitate lane closures, traffic pattern shifts and detours.

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Rendering of the planned double-decking of a section of State Road 836, part of the five-year, $802 million “Connecting Miami” reconstruction project. Connecting Miami

It begins on Sunday night, when the entire southbound I-95 ramp to eastbound I-395 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m Monday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

This is only the beginning of closures coming to the ramp so that construction of new bridges and a new mainline I-395 can begin.

Starting July 1, one lane on the southbound ramp will be closed for the next four years. You read that right — it will stay closed until mid-2023. The lane closure will extend to just east of Northwest First Avenue.

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In need of a detour to avoid the impending traffic? Here are some directions:

Continue south on I-95, exit at Northwest Eighth Street (Exit 3B)

Turn left on Northwest Eighth Street, continue east on NW Eighth Street

Turn left at Biscayne Boulevard to access the A1A North/Miami Beach ramp

NOTE: I-195 — the Julia Tuttle Causeway — can also be used as an alternate route to access Miami Beach

During the morning of July 2, traffic on the eastbound I-395 ramp connector road from east of I-95 to North Miami Avenue will be shifted to the south side of the road.

In order to implement this traffic shift, one eastbound I-395 lane will need to be closed from east of I-95 to Biscayne Boulevard on June 30 and July 1 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The final closure, for now, comes during the night of July 2. The single lane ramp from northbound I-95 to eastbound I-395 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the next day.

If you want to avoid the ramp, here is a detour:

Exit at the Northwest Second Street ramp (Exit 2B)

Continue north on Northwest Third Avenue, then turn right on Northwest Eighth Street

Continue east on NW/NE Eighth Street

Turn left on Biscayne Boulevard to access A1A North/Miami Beach



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