Over the past few months, cities have had to deal with tremendous challenges — fighting a pandemic, preserving essential services, protecting their own workers, coping with devastating budget cuts.

One thing local officials didn't have to worry about was traffic, as the pandemic emptied city streets.

But that's about to change.

People around the world are reporting that birds are much louder these days.

But Sue Anne Zollinger, an ornithologist from Manchester Metropolitan University, cautions: Don't believe everything you hear.

With the decrease in traffic, there's less noise pollution. That means birds have less noise to compete with, she says. (Scroll down to the end of this story to listen for yourself.)

Miami Herald archives

A controversial extension to State Road 836/Dolphin Expressway across Everglades wetlands and protected farm fields would do little to fix crippling congestion in parts of Miami-Dade County, an administrative law judge said Monday.

Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

Florida State Sen. Manny Díaz has been driving on the Palmetto Expressway since he got his license more than 30 years ago.

Traffic has never been worse, he said. Residents agree.

Now, the Florida Department of Transportation is suspending tolls on State Road 826 and rolling back the express lane program that critics say has created more traffic issues than it solved.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Every time you open the Waze app on your smartphone to navigate around traffic on your commute – there's a map editor behind making sure you have an accurate and efficient route to work. 

These volunteers for the company review and respond to user reports for everything from obstacles on the road, to construction to accidents. They also solve routing issues and add places to the ever-changing map.

Simply because they enjoy helping with traffic.

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Halloween night traffic is about to be hell.

Starting at 11 p.m. Thursday, all lanes and ramps on westbound State Road 836/Dolphin Expressway from Northwest 57th Avenue to Northwest 72nd Avenue will be shut down for asphalt placement. The closure will last until 5 a.m. Friday.

Read more about alternate routes and road closures at our news partner the Miami Herald.

Fatal Crash Closes Stretch Of I-95 In South Broward

Oct 31, 2019

A northbound stretch of Interstate 95 was closed to traffic before dawn Thursday because of a crash that the Florida Highway Patrol says involves a fatality.

The crash near the exit to Pembroke Road (Exit 19) was reported shorty after 2 a.m., according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

One northbound express lane appears to be getting through the crash scene, but mainline I-95 traffic is being diverted off the highway at Pembroke Road. Delays are stretching back to Ives Dairy Road in Miami-Dade County.


Have you been sitting in traffic recently on the turnpike wishing you had just two more lanes so you can get around the slowpokes?

Well, parts of Florida’s Turnpike will be getting the widening treatment, some areas seeing an expansion to 10 lanes, and big renovations. But there’s a catch.

It’ll all be done over the next five years.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

Courtesy FDOT

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and such is the case for drivers who have been enjoying the Express toll lanes on the Palmetto Expressway for free.

The Palmetto Express lanes opened in August of this year. And while drivers haven't had to pay to use them yet, as of Monday, September 23rd, they will. 

Streets of Wynwood
WLRN file

Community leaders in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood are quickly moving forward with a plan to expand a newly unveiled neighborhood-wide surveillance system over the next few years, turning it into an example for the rest of the city.

“Our goal is to implement the first smart neighborhood within the city of Miami,” said Manny Gonzalez, the executive director of the Wynwood Business Improvement District, or BID, a board of the city of Miami that is funded by local property owners.

Argument Led To Shooting Of Cyclist That Shut Down Part Of Rickenbacker Causeway

Aug 14, 2019
Eddie Alvarez / Miami Herald

An early morning dispute on the Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Miami to Virginia Key left a bicyclist in extremely critical condition and investigators questioning a man who was riding a motorcycle about the incident.


Will Miami traffic ever get better? Not until it gets worse.

For now, get ready for a major highway construction project that will shut down a key artery for downtown Miami drivers.

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority are permanently closing Northeast 12th Street from Biscayne Boulevard to Northeast First Avenue. The shutdown on Aug. 12 is for the construction of a new “signature bridge” and other work along Interstate 395.

Miami Herald archives

There's a new wrinkle in the ongoing debate over whether to build a highway across protected wetlands in Miami-Dade County: an iffy savings on commute times.

Miami Herald archives

Extending the 836/Dolphin Expressway over protected wetlands in Miami-Dade County is drawing new scrutiny from South Florida water managers.

Tony Tur

While the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in downtown Miami, you might want to hit the road early to make it home in time to watch it on TV.

The first Democratic debates ahead of the 2020 presidential election are 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center. While it’s not clear which of the 20 Democratic candidates will make the biggest impression on voters, one thing is guaranteed: traffic.