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Obama’s Miami visit to affect traffic Friday afternoon

File photo of southbound traffic on I95.
File photo of southbound traffic on I95. Miami Herald

Attention, drivers: President Barack Obama is coming to South Florida on Friday — so you may have to change your commute or use of Miami-Dade mass transit.

Miami Beach has issued a traffic advisory urging drivers to avoid the Julia Tuttle Causeway and nearby Alton Road because of “a major event” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Miami Beach officials suggested using the MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway or the 79th Street Causeway instead.

Several Metrorail stations will stop service during the afternoon and evening hours for as long as 25 to 30 minutes to comply with Presidential security needs. Those using the Orange Line to reach Miami International Airport should give themselves even a larger margin for error than usual. Metrobus service could also be delayed past scheduled times even more than usual.

The president is scheduled to participate in a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event at an undisclosed location, and a Democratic National Committee dinner in Miami — an event billed earlier in the year as possibly his last Miami fundraiser.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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