MIAMI – (CBS4) – South Florida, get out of the car and join the Conga line.
This Sunday motorists will be banned from a 23-block stretch of roadway to make room for one of the biggest block parties in South Florida.
It’s when thousands of people parade through the streets of Calle Ocho to eat fried pork chunks, dance to the rhythm of Salsa beats and down beers from Coronas to Coors all in the name of good old fashioned fun. The Calle Ocho Street Festival begins at noon and ends at 7 p.m. March 13th.
Drivers can avoid delays by staying away from the following roads that will be closed for the festival, which takes place on SW 8th Street from SW 27th Ave. to SW 11th Ave.
Road closures will begin a day early. Miami Police issued the following information about road closures.
Eastbound traffic on SW 8th Street from SW 27 Avenue to SW 11 Avenue will be closed beginning at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Traffic traveling eastbound on SW 8th Street will be detoured north or southbound on SW 27 Avenue.
Miami-Dade Transit buses which normally travel along SW 8th Street will be detoured.
SW 7th Street will remain open westbound until SW 8th Avenue. At SW 8th Avenue, westbound traffic on SW 7th Street will be detoured north and southbound on SW 8th Avenue.
Residents that live in the area will be allowed access on a “local traffic only” basis to SW 7th Street, on the north side or SW 9th Street, on the south side.
SW 8th Street will reopen for traffic by 5:00 A.M. on Monday, March 14, 2011.
Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes, if they need to travel in the vicinity. Miami Police officers will be placed along the closures to provide assistance.
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