FYI Miami: March 26, 2020
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EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY RAMPS UP: The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, whose existence is being challenged in court after the state legislature voted to do away with it, has completed two new entrance ramps onto the Dolphin Expressway, which is SR 836. Both new ramps can be accessed from Northwest 12th Street. They are part of the SR 836 and Northwest 87th Avenue interchange modification. One ramp is a new flyover entrance on Northwest 12th Street to westbound 836. The other ramp gives southbound drivers on Northwest 84th Avenue a new access to the Dolphin Expressway. “Giving this new expressway access to drivers will reduce the number of cars fighting traffic lights, intersections and merges on their way home on the surface roads,” said authority Deputy Executive Director Juan Toledo.
HELP FOR SEAPORTS: US Rep. Frederica Wilson has called for House leaders to provide relief to Florida’s seaports, as they stand to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Her office’s press release states the seaports support more than 150,000 jobs and generate nearly $8 billion in wages and salaries and stand to lose $198 million in service fees revenue during the next six months. She chairs the Florida Ports Caucus. In the letter, which has bipartisan support, it states that “This mighty economic engine is at great risk as a result of the swift and drastic decline in cruise business at our ports.”
COVID-19 TESTING IN CITY: The City of Miami Fire-Rescue is testing for COVID-19 at the homes of City of Miami senior residents, age 65 and above, who are experiencing symptoms and don’t have access to transportation. Details (305) 960-5050. Drive-thru testing at Marlins Park for seniors 65 and over is available by appointment at (305) 499-8767.
DEMONSTRATION BY SEPARATION: Inter Miami, the MLS soccer team, features two Great White Herons with their legs intermingled. But as a demonstration of social distancing, the team has altered the crest by unknotting the two birds’ legs and creating space between them. Inter Miami was slated to play its first official home game March 14, but the match – and the league – was postponed for a date to be determined.
GAS GOES DOWN: Miami gas prices have fallen 11.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.10 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s price-tracking service. Gas prices in Miami are 33.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and 59 cents lower than a year ago. The service said the cheapest station in Miami priced gasoline at $1.49 per gallon Monday. The national average price has fallen 12.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.08 on Monday.