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Getting to Miami Beach is going to be insane this weekend

Written by
Ryan Pfeffer

Some noises make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up: nails on a chalkboard, crying babies and “the Julia Tuttle and MacArthur Causeways will be closed down to only one lane during Memorial Day Weekend.”

The latter will be true for any unlucky cars traveling to Miami Beach this coming Memorial Day Weekend, the Miami New Times reports. The city is funneling both causeways down to a single lane to allow Miami Beach Police to scan each car’s license plate as they enter Miami Beach. The traffic change will go into effect Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (no word exactly when yet) and the Venetian Causeway will be closed to non-residents. Fun stuff!

It’s going to be, to put it kindly, the traffic equivalent of looking up only to have a passing bird poop in your mouth. In addition to the causeway lane closures, parts of Ocean Drive will also be closed to cars and there will be other road closures throughout South Beach. If your weekend plans involve a visit to Miami Beach, we highly recommend arriving before the sun sets, taking a ride-share (because parking is going to be even more hectic) and bracing yourself to sit in traffic for a bit. Or you could convince a manatee to give you a ride? That actually might be easier.

Best of luck out there!

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