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Barack Obama In Miami: Street Closures, Start Times, And How To Get Around

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Are the elections over yet?

President Barack Obama will be back in Miami Thursday afternoon to attend an event at Brickell's JW Marriott Marquis Hotel around 5 p.m. -- leading to what will likely be horrendous traffic during rush hour.

According to Miami-Dade Police, areas that will be "impacted" (read: utter carmageddon!) by the president’s visit are Downtown Miami and Brickell, where traffic will be entirely shut down in certain areas and public transit disrupted.

Here's what you need to know to survive:

Downtown Miami:

  • All streets south of SE 1st Street to the Miami River, and from SE 2nd Avenue to Biscayne Boulevard will be shut down from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for both vehicles and pedestrians -- no one will be able to go south on Southeast Second Avenue to get onto I-95 or into the Brickell area.
  • From 5:30 to about 6:40 p.m. police will create an opening for traffic to move south on SE 2nd Avenue.
  • At 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., police will shut down traffic again to both vehicles and pedestrians from the above mentioned security zone.

Brickell Avenue:

  • All streets south of SE 1st Street to the Miami River and from SE 2nd Streets to Biscayne Boulevard will be completely shut down to create a security zone from 4:30 to about 5:30 p.m. to both vehicles and pedestrians.
  • The security zone closures will not allow any southbound traffic on SE 2nd Avenue to I-95 or into the Brickell area.
  • From 5:30 to about 6:40 p.m., police will create an opening for southbound traffic on Southeast Second Avenue.
  • The security zone mentioned above will be completely closed again from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
  • At 4 p.m. police will have a “hard closure” at SW 7th Street of all northbound traffic. Vehicles will be sent westbound on SW S7th Street. Officers will be placed on SW 5th and SW 6th Streets to help drivers.
  • As SW 5th Street is under construction and closed off at SW 1st Court and 6th Street, drivers will be sent straight South Miami Avenue, a one-way, northbound street. To drive west, police suggest using SW 7th Street, or driving south on Brickell Avenue and then west on 13th Street.

The closures will have a far-reaching impact, affecting traffic from Brickell Avenue and South Dixie Highway down to Coral Gables. For both areas, traffic will be completely open after 7:30 p.m.

Metrorail:

  • Service will be stopped for the entire Metrorail for 25 to 30 minutes at the following times: 2:30 to 3 p.m., 5 to 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Metromover:

  • All Metromover service will be stopped for 25 to 30 minutes at the following times: 5 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Metrobus:

  • The following routes will be detoured or delayed from 3 to 8 p.m.:

Route 24 will be using the South Miami bridge, as the Brickell Bridge will be closed.
Route (Brickell) 95 Express will use the South Miami bridge, as the Brickell Bridge will be closed.
Route 56 will have temporary delays in Coral Gables due to road closures.

All routes with routes through Downtown Miami have delays from 3 to 8 p.m. as a result of road closures.

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