It’s great to be popular, as long as you can stand the traffic.
Miami Beach is a frequent destination for presidential visitors (the real deal or candidates who want to be). President Obama is coming to town Wednesday for a fundraiser on the Sunset Islands.
His travel back and forth will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and for portions of that time span, there will be delays on the Julia Tuttle Causeway, Alton Road and the general area around the Sunset islands.
If you are coming home across the Tuttle, you might want to consider the Venetian. Or coming home early.
Considered yourself warned.
We may have some traffic challenges this weekend, starting Friday afternoon.
But heck, Belle Isle and Venetian Causeway homeowners slogged through the traffic slowdowns from South Beach Wine and Food and the boat shows, so surely we can survive a little more time trapped in the car.
Here’s what’s happening:
— President Obama arrives in Miami after noon on Friday. He’ll be visiting Central High School in Northwest Miami, and then two fund raisers on Miami Beach — at the Fontainebleau and Chris Korge’s home on Pine Tree Drive. Traffic will be stopped on Interstate 95 for the presidential motorcade to Central in the afternoon, and then later to the Beach, across the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The city of Miami Beach says there will be intermittent road closures north of 41st Street on Pine Tree and Collins Avenue for the fund raisers.They recommend Alton Road as an alternate.
— Sunday morning, a half marathon will cause road closures between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. The race starts on Ocean Drive at 6:13 a.m., and the route includes Ocean Drive, parts of Collins Avenue, Dade Boulevard and an up-and-back crossing of the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Consider the Tuttle and approaches particularly challenging, and expect a little more early traffic on the Venetian Causeway as a result.
President Obama will on Miami Beach Wednesday for a fund raiser, and the city of Miami Beach is predicting traffic disruptions as a result.
The fundraiser is at the Fontainebleau Hotel for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kenrick Meek and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.
Traffic is expected to be disrupted intermittently Wednesday afternoon on Collins Avenue between 41st and 46st Street, and there may be road closings between 3 and 7 p.m. along the Julia Tuttle Causeway, 41st Street and Collins Avenue.
Construction traffic on the causeway.
We had a tough day already on the Venetian Causeway, with half the easternmost bridge closed this morning for roadwork.
Tonight is expected to be even more crowded, with President Obama’s visit causing the MacArthur Causeway to be closed for an undetermined period of time as he travels from Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Star Island home to another event at the Arsht Center.
With the MacArthur closed, lots of Miami Beach commuters will use the Venetian in both directions.