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Boat Shows, Construction Tie Up Traffic On Miami Beach

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Traffic looking North at Meridian & 17 St  (Source: @MiamiBeachPD Twitter)

Traffic looking North at Meridian & 17 St (Source: @MiamiBeachPD Twitter)

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Heading to Miami Beach this weekend? May want to give yourself some extra time as the Boat Show is back in town—and the construction on the beach just may make travels even worse.

The Miami International Boat Show, which started Thursday, has dropped anchor at the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Yacht and Brokerage Show is docked along Collins Avenue until February 17.

Both events are working together to wow water loves and tie up traffic.

“We’re asking those coming to the Brokerage Show or the Boat Show at the Convention Center to come early to find one of our several parking lots,” Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said. “Come with patience.”

Miami Beach Police are tapping into Twitter in an effort to provide the public with information on the delays.

Alton Road seems to be one of the most congested areas, thanks in large part to the ongoing construction project there.

Drivers traveling eastbound on the MacArthur Causeway will also see heavy delays.

The southbound lanes of Collins Ave. between 41st and 51st Streets have been reduced from three to two.

Officers are stationed at intersections to keep cars from stopping in the middle of the street.

“We have a traffic mitigation detail out there,” Sgt. Hernandez said. “Don’t block the box.”

For beach dwellers, the delays are just a fact of life during this time of the year–an expected, yet unwelcome nuisance. Visitors, however, are often unaware.

“Murder, absolute murder,” Roger Podwoski said of the traffic. “It took us an hour and a half to get from the airport to right around here.”

For traffic updates throughout the weekend, follow MBPD’s Twitter @MiamiBeachPD.

Going to the boat show? Click here for our guide.

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