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Travelers Can Expect Closures and Delays Today

October 25, 2005

Travelers Can Expect Closures and Delays Today
October 25, 2005 – Both Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airports were closed Monday after suffering damage from Hurricane Wilma. Officials at both airports reported that they were unsure if flights would resume today, according to the Miami Herald.

Greg Chin, an MIA spokesman said that the roofs of some terminal buildings were significantly damaged and fencing along the perimeter road was down.

‘It’s not a safe place to be right now,’ Chin said.

‘We are getting maintenance crews to get the breached parts of the fence fixed as soon as possible, but if need be, to get the airport open as soon as possible, we will staff people in those breached areas,’ Chin said.

At Fort Lauderdale, airport officials met with airline representatives and the Transportation Security Administration Monday night about the earliest time the airport can resume flights.

MIA had one runway open Monday, mostly to serve government workers.

Airlines and cargo operators had moved their planes to other locations prior to Wilma. American Airlines, MIA’s largest carrier, had kept two jets there in hangars. The planes weren’t damaged, according to an airline spokeswoman.

Port Everglades and the Port of Miami-Dade are both closed due to power outages. Broward officials said Florida Power & Light has made restoring power to Port Everglades a priority because it’s the entry point for most of South Florida’s gasoline tankers. The Broward port handles about 13 million gallons of gasoline a day and is responsible for about a fifth of all of the state’s gasoline.

Passengers are advised to call their airline to determine when service will resume. Some flights will not be operating, even after the airports re-open.

Additionally, Metrorail service has been suspended three to five days for repairs. A ‘bus bridge’ will run free public buses parallel to the Metro Rail. Buses are running on a limited route.

Currently, it has been undetermined if the Port of Miami-Dade will open today. Cruise passengers should call their cruise line. Port Everglades is closed to shipping traffic. Cruise passengers should call their cruise line.

Other transportation news for Florida:

  • Alligator Alley (I-75): Tolls suspended in east- and westbound directions.
  • Florida Turnpike: Tolls suspended north- and southbound, from Exit 1 to Exit 309.
  • Polk Parkway (570): Tolls suspended.
  • Sawgrass Expressway (869): Tolls suspended in north- and southbound directions.
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: Tolls suspended in northbound direction.
  • Miami-Dade Expressway Authority: All tolls suspended, including on Dolphin, Don Shula, Gratigny, Airport and Snapper Creek Expressways. Special Operations Committee and Board of Directors meetings set for Tuesday postponed. New date TBA. Information: 800-342-3557.
  • The Rickenbacker, MacArthur, Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeways will be closed Tuesday to everyone but residents or essential personnel.
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