MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Drivers should be prepared for major road closures in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties this weekend.READ MORE: Be Prepared: Florida's Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Begins Saturday
Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, the westbound State Road 836 ramps to State Road 826 south and north will be closed and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday.
Westbound drivers on SR 836 going south to SR 826 can:
- Continue west on SR 836
- Access the West Flagler Street/SR 826 south ramp
- Exit at the West Flagler/SR 826 south ramp
Westbound drivers on SR 836 going north to SR 826 can:
- Exit at NW 72 Avenue
- Make a slight left to NW 11 Street
- Go west on NW 11 Street to access the northbound SR 826 ramp after Milam Dairy Road
The weekend closure is needed to allow the contractor to pour concrete for a new bridge and allow the concrete to cure. Transportation officials said this schedule may change due to bad weather or other unforeseen conditions.
Traffic is expected to back up along 836 westbound and drivers are urged to take an alternate route, but if you’re planning on using State Road 112 as your alternate route, be aware of closures along that road as well.
The exit ramp from westbound State Road 112 to NW 36th Street will be closed for temporary retaining wall construction and delivery of construction materials on Saturday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each night.
- Continue west past the NW 36th Street exit
- Exit at NW 42nd Avenue/LeJeune Road South
- Turn left at NW 28th Street
- Turn left at NW 40th Avenue
- Turn left at NW 29th Street
- Turn right at NW 42nd Avenue/LeJeune Road
- Continue straight to NW 36th Street
In Broward, drivers on Florida’s Turnpike won’t be able to exit at Hollywood/Pines Boulevard this weekend.
The northbound and southbound Turnpike exit ramps will be closed 9 p.m. Friday, November 7th through 5 a.m. Monday, November 10th. The southbound SunPass-only exit ramp to westbound Pines Boulevard will remain open.
Drivers can exit at Griffin Road, then go east to U.S. 441 and then south to Hollywood Boulevard.
The ramp closures are needed for removal of concrete barrier wall and had been initially scheduled for the weekend of October 31st.
The work is part of a project to convert the Hollywood/Pines Boulevard and Griffin Road interchanges to all-electronic tolling.
It may seem like a lot of closures for one weekend, but with so much construction going on across the area, project coordinators say it’s important to get the bulk of the work done when traffic is lighter.
“That’s why we do this on a weekend. Even though there are people traveling on the highways, it’s not like a peak when people are trying to get to work Monday through Friday,” explained Oscar Gonzalez with the 826/836 project.
He urged drivers to be aware of the closures and leave plenty of extra time when heading out.
“Make sure that you know the information that you follow the signs,” said Gonzalez. “Make sure you follow the speed limit; you don’t want to go to fast through a construction zone or an area that has road closures. You want to be safe not just for yourself but those workers that are working on the roadway.”MORE NEWS: Broward Dive Rescue Teams Come Together To Investigate, Recover Sunken Vehicles From Deerfield Beach Lake
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