State Road 826 South - Palmetto Expressway

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Florida State Road 826 South
NW 154th Street / Miami Lakes Drive crosses under the Palmetto Expressway in one half mile by Miami Lakes Business Park and Don Shula's Golf Club. Interstate 75 north to Broward County follows at the succeeding exit. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Interstate 75 commences an 1,800 mile route to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan from a systems interchange with the Palmetto Expressway and Gratigny Parkway (SR 924). The freeway opened north from SR 826 in October 1986. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Heading due south, SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) enters the parclo interchange with NW 154th Street / Miami Lakes Drive east to Miami Lakes Town Center and west across I-75 to the Aquabella and Bonterra developments in northwest Hialeah. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The exchange with Interstate 75 and SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) east overlays SR 916 (NW 138th Street). SR 916 stems east from the Palmetto Expressway along the Miami Lakes and Hialeah city line to SR 823 (Red Road) by Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF). Photo taken 04/01/14.
The Gratigny Parkway is a MDX toll road extending 4.85 miles east from Interstate 75 to the city of Opa-Locka and NW 119th Street through Westview. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The NW 154th Street entrance ramp forms an auxiliary lane south for Interstate 75 north. I-75 navigates along a winding course north through Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Weston to I-595 and Alligator Alley west across the Everglades to Naples. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Confirming marker posted along SR 826 southbound beside Park West Professional Center in Miami Lakes. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The succeeding exits south of I-75 and SR 924 join the Palmetto Expressway with the city of Hialeah. SR 826 enters Medley beyond U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road). Photo taken 04/01/14.
Interstate 75 travels west from South Florida to Southwest Florida, where the freeway parallels U.S. 41 north to Fort Myers, Sarasota and the Tampa Bay region. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The ensuing loop ramp from SR 826 southbound joins the Palmetto Expressway with both NW 138th Street (SR 916) and the tolled Gratigny Parkway east. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 924 travels 8.49 miles from I-75 and SR 826 to North Miami and SR 909 (Dixie Highway) at Biscayne Park. Photo taken 04/01/14.
NW 138th Street parallels I-75 west from SR 916 to Hialeah Gardens. The future MDX SR 924 West Extension will lengthen the toll road from I-75 at NW 97th Avenue to the HEFT. Photo taken 04/01/14.
A parclo interchange joins SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) with NW 122nd Street / W 68th Street 0.4 miles south of the merge with traffic from I-75. W 68th Street leads east to Amelia Earhart Park and west to Hialeah Gardens. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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The Palmetto Expressway proceeds south to a diamond interchange with SR 932 (NW 103rd Street) along the Hialeah and Hileah Gardens city line. Photos taken 01/23/16.
The freeway crosses Little River Canal (C-7) just ahead of SR 932 at Westland Mall. With the addition of the Palmetto Express Lanes, SR 826 accommodates 13 overall lanes on this stretch. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Two lanes depart from SR 826 south for SR 932 (NW 103rd Street). The 9.70 mile long state road ties into U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) just west of the Palmetto Expressway in Hialeah Gardens. East across Hialeah, SR 932 travels to West Little River, Miami Shores and SR 915 (NE 6th Avenue). Photo taken 01/23/16.
The flyover joining westbound SR 932 (NW 103rd Street / W 49th Street) and W 18th Court north with SR 826 south opened to traffic on May 1, 2002. The 1,376 foot long ramp eliminated weaving traffic from Westland Mall to the Palmetto Expressway south. Incorporated in the third phase of the 12-phase, $1 billion reconstruction of the Palmetto Expressway, work on the ramp commenced in August 1999.1 Photo taken 01/23/16.
U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) angles southeast along Miami Canal and converges with the Palmetto Expressway in one half mile. Photo taken 01/23/16.
A split diamond interchange connects the Palmetto Expressway with U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) and South River Drive along the south side of Miami Canal. The exchange serves Westland Promenade and an array of other big box retail. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Southeast from Hialeah Gardens and SR 826, U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) remains alongside Miami Canal between Hialeah and Miami Springs en route to Miami. U.S. 27 joins South Florida with Lake Okeechobee via South Bay, Clewiston and Moore Haven. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The Palmetto Expressway enters the town of Medley between Miami Canal and SR 934 (NW 74th Street). Photo taken 01/23/16.
State Road 934 begins at the diamond interchange joining SR 826 with NW 74th Street west and Hialeah Expressway east. Hialeah Expressway is a controlled access arterial with grade separations at NW 69th Avenue Road, South River Drive and U.S. 27. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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Two lanes part ways with SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) south for NW 74th Street west to Lakeview Commerce Center and North Doral and SR 934 (Hialeah Expressway) east to SR 823 (Red Road) at W 21st Street in Hialeah. Photos taken 01/23/16.
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Industrial parks spread along both sides of the Palmetto Expressway leading south to the diamond interchange with NW 58th Street. Photos taken 01/23/16.
NW 58th Street spurs east to parallel SR 969 (NW 72nd Avenue). West from SR 826, the five lane boulevard follows the Doral city line to Doral Golf Course and NW 97th Avenue. Photo taken 01/23/16.
SR 826 south reaches the off-ramp for NW 58th Street. NW 58th Street extends four miles west to the Doral Isles development and Doral Meadow Park. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Remaining through industrial areas populated with warehouses and distribution centers, the Palmetto Expressway separates Doral from unincorporated Miami-Dade County south from NW 58th Street to the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836). Photo taken 01/23/16.
A four mile route west from U.S. 27 (North River Drive), SR 948 (NW 36th Street) ties into SR 826 at the succeeding exit by Miami International Park and Crudele Airport Industrial Park. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Entering the six-ramp parclo interchange with SR 948 (NW 36th Street) east to Miami Springs and cargo facilities of Miami International Airport (MIA). NW 36th Street continues west from SR 826/948 to Downtown Doral South, a 2,702 housing development built at the former site of Doral Golf Course's "Great White Course",2 and NW 41st Street to the HEFT. Photo taken 01/23/16.
SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) converges with SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) to the southwest of Miami International Airport (MIA) in 1.25 miles. NW 25th Street spurs east to Miami Airport Industrial Park and adjacent cargo facilities. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The NW 25th Street Viaduct spans both the mainline of SR 826 and ramps at the forthcoming three level interchange. Leading west to the Vanderbilt Park neighborhood in Doral, NW 25th Street is PBA Memorial Boulevard, named for the Professional Bowlers Association. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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Advancing south from NW 25th Street, the Palmetto Expressway continues one mile to succeeding ramps with SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) and SR 968 (West Flagler Street) at the Fountainebleau community. Photos taken 01/23/16.
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The tolled Dolphin Expressway travels 11.76 miles west to the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (SR 821) and the Midtown Interchange with I-95/395. The Dolphin Expressway Extension spurs another 4.22 miles from Sweetwater to SR 825 (NW 170th Avenue) at Tamiami. Photos taken 01/23/16.
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Traffic to SR 836 west to the HEFT and east to Miami International Airport (MIA), Downtown Miami and Miami Beach (via I-395/SR A1A) departs from SR 826 southbound at a three lane off-ramp. Photos taken 01/23/16.
The exchange joining the Dolphin and Palmetto Expressways was rebuilt into a five-level interchange over a seven year period. Costing $563 million, the project built 45 separate bridges and rerouted an adjacent canal.3 Photo taken 01/23/16.
The ensuing ramp from SR 826 south links with a collector distributor roadway along the Dolphin Expressway westbound to SR 969 (NW 72nd Avenue / Miami Dairy Road) and SR 973 (NW 87th Avenue). Tolls are collected electronically along the c/d roadway. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The systems interchange with the Dolphin Expressway was officially complete as of September 27, 2016.3 It replaced a directional cloverleaf interchange with left side ramps. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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A c/d roadway separates from the Palmetto Expressway southbound below SR 836 for the succeeding exits to SR 969 (W Flagler Street) and U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Photos taken 01/23/16.
Entering the folded diamond interchange with SR 969 (W Flager Street) on SR 826. SR 969 is a 8.71 mile route west to SR 973 (SW 87th Avenue) at Fountainbleau and east to I-95 and SW 2nd Avenue at Downtown Miami. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Changes made to SR 826 south at U.S. 41 separated traffic to SW 8th Street / Tamiami Trail along an extended c/d roadway. Separated with plastic pylons, two lanes continue south from SR 969 by the Mall of the Americas to U.S. 41 at the westernmost point of Miami. Photo taken 01/23/16.
U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) runs along the Miami city line east between the Flagami neighborhood to the north and Coral Terrace, West Miami and Coral Gables to the south. The US highway extends east to Little Havana and Downtown Miami. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The Palmetto Expressway converges with U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) between the unincorporated Fountainbleau, Westchester and Corral Terrace communities. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 41 (SW 8th Street) spreads across Coral Gables and Tamiami Canals. Previously two additional loop ramps joined the two routes on the north side of Tamiami Trail. U.S. 41 ventures west from Sweetwater across the Everglades to Naples in Southwest Florida. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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The Palmetto Expressway progresses south to the Olympia Heights and Ludlam communities at the exits for SW 24th Street and SR 976 (SW 40th Street). Photos taken 01/23/16.
SW 24th Street / Coral Way ties into the Palmetto Expressway at a parclo A2 interchange by the Coral Way Village neighborhood. Photo taken 01/23/16.
SW 24th Street / Coral Way heads west to University Park and Tamiami Park and east to Downtown Coral Gables and the Silver Bluff neighborhood of Miami as part of SR 972. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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A parclo interchange follows SW 24th Street with SR 976 (SW 40th Street / Bird Road) at Tropical Park. Photos taken 01/23/16.
SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) branches southwest from the Palmetto Expressway alongside Tropical Park at Olympia Heights. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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State Road 976 (SW 40th Street / Bird Road) travels 8.47 miles overall, from the HEFT by Kendale Lakes east to Coral Gables and U.S. 1 at Coconut Grove in Miami. Photos taken 01/23/16.
Six lanes continue south along the Palmetto Expressway toward the wye interchange with the tolled Don Shula Expressway (SR 874). Photo taken 01/23/16.
The entrance ramp from SR 976 forms a c/d roadway south beyond the separation with SR 874 to SW 56th Street / Miller Drive. SW 56th Street heads east to the University of Miami. The campus is located in Coral Gables, where SW 56th Street reaches San Amaro Drive. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) angles 7.03 miles southwest through Sunset and Kendall to the Homestead Extension of Florida' Turnpike (SR 821) at Three Lakes. Photos taken 01/23/16.
The southbound c/d roadway from SR 976 (Bird Road) leads into a diamond interchange with SW 56th Street / Miller Drive at Glenvar Heights. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The southern 2.5 miles of the Palmetto Expressway extend through Glenvar Heights to the business district of Kendall. Photo taken 01/23/16.
A diamond interchange joins SR 826 next with SR 986 (SW 72nd Street / Sunset Drive). Photo taken 01/23/16.
State Road 986 is an arterial route that follows Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) east 4.89 miles from the HEFT at Kendale Lakes to the South Miami city line at SW 69th Avenue. The route east to U.S. 1 was decommissioned. Photo taken 01/23/16.
SR 826 passes under the Snapper Creek Expressway (SR 878) just ahead of the ramps for SR 94 (SW 88th Street / N Kendall Drive) and Dadeland Mall Circle. Photo taken 12/08/03.
The Palmetto Expressway defaults onto U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) southbound beyond the exchange with SR 94. The 10.70 mile long course of SR 94 (SW 88th Street) concludes at U.S. 1 just east of SR 826 and Dadeland Mall. Photo taken 12/08/03.
The exit for SR 94 (Kendall Drive) westbound separates with a U-turn ramp linking with adjacent Dadeland Mall Circle. SR 94 comprises an arterial route west across Kendall and the far southwestern Miami-Dade County suburbs to SR 997 (Krome Avenue). Photo taken 12/08/03.


 
Sources:
  1. "Businesses Cheer Opening of SR 826 Flyover." Miami Herald, The (FL), May 5, 2002.
  2. "New projects expected to boost Doral's population by 10,000 in 2 year." South Florida Sun Sentinel (Deerfield Beach), October 1, 2018.
  3. "Seven-year reconstruction of Palmetto and Dolphin expressway interchange is done." Miami Herald (FL), October 3, 2016.


Photo Credits:

  • 12/08/03 by Justin Cozart.
  • 04/01/14 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 01/23/16 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 95
Florida's Turnpike
U.S. 1
U.S. 27
U.S. 41
U.S. 441
State Road 836 - Dolphin Expressway
State Road 874 - Don Shula Expressway
State Road 924 - Gratigny Parkway

Page Updated 05-08-2019.