I share residents’ frustration with the traffic situation we faced last weekend, and we are adjusting our traffic management. Our City too often feels like a Rubik's Cube, where solving or addressing one problem exacerbates another - this was the case last weekend when we found our enhanced License Plate Reader (LPR) teams slowing resident traffic too much.
We’ve course-corrected by moving the MacArthur LPR detail off the Causeway and onto 5th street and starting the Julia Tuttle Causeway LPR detail later in the evenings. This way we balance public safety without compounding our traffic woes. The Julia Tuttle will have 2 lanes open at all times and 1 lane closed this weekend during the following times: Friday, March 22, 10pm to 3am; Saturday, March 23, 10pm to 3am.
On top of maintaining Ocean Drive as pedestrian only, this weekend the City will also remove parking on Collins and Washington Avenue to enhance the flow of traffic.
That said, traffic is inescapable on a barrier island that welcomes 14 million visitors per year and where our population of 90,000 can quadruple overnight. There is also no avoiding some difficulties caused by the State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) MacArthur Causeway project.
This construction is needed to make critical repairs to the bridge, and necessitates keeping 1 lane of Eastbound (EB) traffic closed at all times. The FDOT project manager attended yesterday’s meeting and explained this EB lane closure will be in effect for 6 months (2 months per lane repair, for 3 lanes), despite our requests and questions about expediting the project.
While we were pleased at his report that all 3 Westbound (WB) lanes will be open soon (with only intermittent single lane closures) we have to accept that EB traffic will be impacted for a while to come. This weekend the MacArthur Causeway will have 2 lanes open at all times - unchanged from the existing FDOT traffic pattern.
Additional information is available on the SR A1A/MacArthur Causeway East Bridge project
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You can also contact Construction Community Outreach Specialist Melissa J. Rodriguez at 1-305-570-8076 or email her at