Friday, January 6, 2012
SFDB's 5 Worst Places To Drive In South Florida
Everyone has their least favorite stretch of South Florida roadway. You know that place. It's where you refuse to go during a particular time or day because you know it's going to be absolutely FUBAR and you will wind up wasting gobs of time.
Well, I have 5 of these special pieces of Asphalt Paradise in South Florida that I'm about to tell you about. None of them are bad all the time [well, maybe one] so I'll also give you the day and hours that I find them at their worse. Here we go...
Where: 836 north to the Golden Glades
When: Any weekday between 6 AM and 8 PM
North or southbound, there is no telling how many wrecks or broken down cars or junk refrigerators you are are going to find in the roadway. Volume alone slows things to a crawl but when you throw in one of the aforementioned items, fugghedaboutit.
Where: University Drive to Dykes Road
When: Weekends and holidays
The mass of humanity that resides in the area west of I-75 and north of Miami-Dade County is mind-boggling. And on weekends they all want to go to the Pembroke Lakes Mall or The Shops at Pembroke Gardens at I-75 and Pines Boulevard. That means they all head east on Pines on the weekend. Coming from the west is the North Miami-Dade County population and those who live in the eastern fringes of the Pines and Hollywood. To make matters even more dire, the stellar traffic engineers of Broward County have failed to synchronize the lights but miraculously found the time to put red light cameras at just about every intersection. Coincidence? I think not. Something to look forward to: the only Whole Foods in Southern Broward County opens in a couple months on the west side of I-75 at Pines.
Where: NW 25th and 36th Streets
When: Any weekday between 7 AM and 7 PM, but especially Friday afternoons
Mixing semis and cars in large amounts on secondary streets is a recipe for disaster which is exactly what you have in Doral. The industrial and cargo areas that serve MIA attract the trucks and the large number of offices and residential areas in west Doral attract the cars. It's a madhouse but even more so on Friday afternoons when the trucks are trying to make their last deliveries for the business week and the cars are getting out of the office parking lots early to start their weekends or to take their 2-hour lunches. Can anyone say gridlock?
The 836 Westbound
Where: West of NW 27th Avenue
When: Weekdays after 3:30
Okay, so maybe the same stretch of roadway is as bad headed in the opposite direction in the morning, but fortunately (or unfortunately) I've only experienced the afternoon session. Yes, everyone is piling out of downtown and heading back to Kendall, West-Miami Dade or Doral, but throw in the beautiful views of jets landing at MIA that everyone has to slow down to see and you got yourself a parking lot that will last for 3-4 hours every single evening during the week. The north side of the roadway is not the only one afflicted with the Gaze-At-The-Pretty-Planes Syndrome. South side drivers heading east also fall victim, especially when the aircraft are landing from the east.
Where: Departing The Airport
You've just arrived home from a long flight, collected your luggage, settled into your car, paid for your parking and now you're finally headed home. Well, hold on bucko, because if you haven't slotted yourself perfectly coming out of MIA, you might wind up in Hialeah, on the Airport Expressway [and trust me, you do NOT want to get off before I-95], or in that weird neighborhood that exists across LeJeune and over near the Miami River where all those shady rental car places are or were. You better be in the correct lane because there is no way in hell that Haitian cab driver is letting you over to where you need to be. I avoid MIA like the plague because I live in Broward and don't fly to Central or South America very often so all these things might have changed since the last time I was there. Haven't they built some kind of new car rental center and set up a new Metrorail station? Come to think of it, maybe its gotten worse.
So those are my five. I'm willing to bet you have yours.
Posted by Rick at 9:15 AM