No Relief For Biscayne Boulevard Jams
By Patricia Hoyos
Frustrating event traffic jams along Biscayne Boulevard are here to stay.
Motorists looking to avoid traffic along Biscayne Boulevard in downtown associated with events at the Adrienne Arsht Center halls, Bicentennial Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena will have to continue to find alternate routes or continue to tolerate the traffic congestion: there are no immediate plans for construction or changes in the flow of traffic to alleviate jams.
Although the City of Miami coordinates with respective law enforcement agencies to facilitate the flow of traffic during special events in the area, heavy traffic remains an issue during special events like Miami Heat games or Ultra Music Festival, which drew about 165,000 people to Bayfront Park in late March.
Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Rick said the department does "not have any capacity improvement plans in [its] work program for this section of Biscayne Boulevard."
With the upcoming projects along or just off the boulevard like the Genting Group’s mega-resort planned at the current Miami Herald site and the two-museum Museum Park project, which are both expected to attract yet more people to the area, congestion is only likely to get worse.
The only measure currently being taken to attempt to bring some relief is Miami-Dade Transit’s plan to re-open the Bicentennial Metromover station, increasing transit options in the area.
While the main purpose of making the station operational is so that people can access Museum Park, which is under construction, said Karla Damian, Miami-Dade Transit public information officer, indirectly the transit system hopes it will also serve those attending any event in the vicinity.
The long-closed station at 1191 Biscayne Blvd. is scheduled to be completed by December after Miami-Dade Transit finishes redoing the elevator and escalators, redoing the landscaping and adding a pedestrian connection to the museums, among other minor renovations.