MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Monday morning drivers who use the southbound I-95 ramp to I-395 to get to Miami Beach are in for a change.

One lane on the southbound ramp to eastbound I-395 will be closed until mid-2023 to allow for the construction of new bridges adjacent to the ramp as well as the new mainline I-395. The ramp lane closure will extend to just east of NW 1 Avenue. One lane on the ramp will remain open during peak travel times.

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In order to implement the new traffic pattern, it will be necessary to close the entire ramp on Sunday night, June 30 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

If you’re driving south on I-95 late Sunday night, exit at NW 8th street and follow the detour.

Click Here to see a map of the detour.

There are more traffic changes to come as part of the I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design-Build Project that will reconstruct the I-395 corridor from the SR 836/I-395/I-95 (Midtown) Interchange to the MacArthur Causeway Bridge.

The project, also known as ‘Connecting Miami,’ comes from a partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Expected costs for the project are over $800 million.

Construction began back in January of 2019, but this video breaks down all the expected changes coming for each corridor.

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WATCH VIDEO ON THE I-395/SR 836/I-95 DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT HERE:

(COURTESY OF MDX, FDOT, & CONNECTING MIAMI)

 

Some of the most notable enhancements include the double-decking of SR 836, where the original SR 836 will serve as the lower section, allowing drivers to enter and exit local roads and I-95.

The added top section will give drivers a direct connection to the MacArthur Causeway, which will be cleared of heavy local traffic.

The development’s other major change is the complete reconstruction of I-395 and the new bridges with six arches, something the project team says will ‘redefine the Miami skyline.’

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