Airport Expressway West

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Florida State Road 112 West
SR 112 (Airport Expressway) leaves I-95 and I-195 at the 36th Street Interchange for Miami International Airport in four miles. A ramp from the southbound I-95 tolled Express Lanes parallels the expressway at this point and will join the mainline ahead. A separate slip ramp leaves for NW 12th Avenue (Exit 7) from the express lane ramp. This is the only instance of a numbered exit tab along the entire Airport Expressway. Photo taken 03/26/06.
A begin shield for SR 112 stands at the merge from the I-95 Express Lane ramp as the Airport Expressway spans NW 12th Avenue. Photo taken 03/26/06.
Three general purpose lanes carry SR 112 west toward Miami International Airport (MIA) as two auxiliary lanes will leave for NW 17th & 22nd Avenues in 0.25 and 0.75 miles, respectively. Photo taken 03/26/06.
The 1996 Florida Legislature designated SR 112 as the Dewey Knight, Jr. Memorial Highway. Knight was a former Miami-Dade Assistant County Manager who oversaw a "blue-ribbon panel" that would help desegregate Miami-Dade County's federally-assisted housing programs. In addition, Knight developed ways to increase housing opportunities for residents of public housing who historically were afforded limited choices. This sign is mounted at the base of the Metrorail overpass that carries tracks from Downtown Miami onto a corridor parallel to SR 112 west to the airport and eventually north to Palmetto. Photo taken 03/26/06.
A slip ramp departs for NW 17th Avenue by way of NW 40th Street along the Airport Expressway. Use NW 17th Avenue south to reach Marlins Park south of the Dolphin Expressway (Toll SR 836). Photo taken 03/26/06.
View of the toll plaza along eastbound SR 112 beyond the ramp to NW 17th Avenue. SR 112 and the Airport Expressway is currently being converted for Open Road Tolling (ORT) and will be complete late 2014. Upon completion, tolls will be collected along SR 112 east and west at a gantry between NW 27th Avenue and U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) & SR 953 (Le Jeune Road). Photo taken 03/26/06.
The Airport Expressway will meet the Earlington Heights Metrorail Station and NW 22nd Avenue next. The station serves both the Green Line between Downtown and points north and the Orange Line which connects to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) adjacent to the airport. Photo taken 03/26/06.
A substandard slip ramp leaves for the Metrorail Station and NW 22nd Avenue as SR 112 continues west to MIA. Use NW 41st Street west to make the connection to nearby NW 22nd Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
SR 112 west reaches the ramp to SR 9 (NW 27th Avenue) as a Metrorail line curves north toward the Brownsville Station. SR 9 follows 27th Avenue from U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) near Coral Gables to Opa-Locka where the state road turns northeast to its merge with Interstate 95 at the Golden Glades Interchange. I-95 silently carries SR 9 for the remainder of its journey through the Sunshine State. Constructed between 2009 and 2012, the Orange Line of the Metrorail continues along SR 112 toward the MIC and the international airport. Photo taken 03/26/06.
The Airport Expressway nears the one-quarter mile approach to U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) north. U.S. 27 follows Okeechobee Road northwest near Miami Springs and Hialeah Gardens. Photo taken 03/26/06.
U.S. 27 begins at U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard) in midtown Miami and travels west along 36th Street to North River Drive where it turns northwest along Okeechobee Road. No access exists along the Airport Expressway for U.S. 27 south. Photo taken 03/26/06.
SR 112 nears SR 953 (Le Jeune Road) and its turn south to Miami International Airport as traffic departs for U.S. 27 north to Hialeah. Another ramp follows in one half mile to NW 36th Street west to SR 953 north for Miami Springs. Le Jeune Road represents a major north-south arterial threading Coral Gables, Hialeah, and Opa-Locka with Miami and MIA. Photo taken 03/26/06.
Westbound SR 112 crosses under the eastbound roadway ahead of the departure to NW 36th Street west and Le Jeune Road north. SR 953 travels along Le Jeune Road north through Hialeah into Opa-Locka as SR 948 stems west along NW 36th Street to the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826). The Airport Expressway roadways continue in a reversed pattern to the entrance of Miami International Airport. Photo taken 03/26/06.
An older style gantry near the off-ramp to SR 953 (Le Jeune Road) south to Coral Gables. Use this ramp for rental car returns and the airport cell phone lot. Le Jeune Road carries State Road 953 south connecting to the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836), U.S. 41 (SW 8th Street) and eventually U.S. 1 in Coral Gables. Though not signed, SR 112 west continues along an extended roadway 0.9 miles defaulting to the main entrance road to Miami International Airport. Photo taken 03/26/06.

Photo Credits:

12/28/03, 03/26/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 195 / State Road 112
State Road 953 - LeJeune Road

Page Updated 09-03-2014.