FDOT and Art Basel Miami: The traffic nightmare about to unfold ... by gimleteye
Enough is enough on eastbound 195 between Interstate 95 and Biscayne Boulevard. For weeks I've been traversing the worst traffic nightmare in Miami-Dade County. This is the result of FDOT closing down the eastbound North Miami Avenue exit (marked in red) for "road work", leaving only the Biscayne Boulevard exit to handle traffic (in black). Disaster. If you have tried to get to Wynwood, the Design District, or Midtown from 195 eastbound, let FDOT know. And it is going to get worse. A monumental traffic disaster if FDOT doesnt wrap things up SOON. In scarcely more than one month, hundreds of thousands of visitors will descend on Art Basel Miami. Many will be heading to the satellite shows in Midtown to the galleries in Wynwood, and to the Design District. Work (whatever is going on, isn't clear to me! And why aren't crews working 24/7?) is proceeding at a Miami-Dade glacial place. This blog post serves notice to Miami movers and shakers, get off your asses and push FDOT to finish whatever they are doing, because whatever it is, is already the county's worst traffic nightmare.
Last night it took twenty minutes to get off the Biscayne Boulevard exit from 195, while watching dozens of drivers cut in. Some of our readers take offense at our regular criticism of the PAC and downtown's hopeless exit (also Biscayne Boulevard) off 395 Eastbound. If FDOT can't wrap it up within the next month, I guarantee there will be hell to pay and it won't be just Eyeonmiami complaining. There will be accidents and traffic pile-ups and howling you cannot believe.