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MIAMI (CBS4) – Drivers on I-95 and State Road 836 will soon have relief from the distracting glare caused by the top of the new Marlins Stadium.

Some drivers have complained of the strong glare since spring, when the retractable roof was first closed on the Florida Marlins new stadium, now under construction near downtown Miami. When the roof was closed, it exposed the metal deck to the seering summer sun.

But relief is on the way, according to Claude Delorme, the Marlins executive vice president of ball park development.

CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald reports installation began last week on a white rubber membrane that will cover the metal, reflecting the sun and reducing the heat inside when the roof is closed.

Delrome says a 547-foot span has been installed and, so far, he sees no glare.

The stadium is expected to open next spring. The Marlins play their final games in Sun Life stadium next week.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report.)

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