Dolphin Expressway East

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SR 836 east
An Open Road Toll (ORT) gantry spans the SR 836 mainline east of its western terminus with NW 137th Avenue. Drivers without a transponder are billed using the Toll-by-Plate method. Otherwise, the Dolphin Expressway continues 13.5 miles to the Midtown Interchange with I-95 & 395 near Downtown Miami. Photo taken 07/05/11.
This section of SR 836 between NW 137th Avenue and the upcoming Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT) interchange was originally proposed in 1969, but not completed until June 2007. Photo taken 07/05/11.
SR 836 curves under a ramp to SR 821 (HEFT) north and south as it continues east toward its first eastbound exit with SR 973 (NW 87th Avenue). There is no direct access between State Road 836 east and the Turnpike Extension. Photo taken 07/05/11.
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The Dolphin Expressway carries six general purpose lanes as it spans SR 985 (NW 107th Avenue) on the approach to a second toll gantry. Photos taken 07/05/11.
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Tolls paid in cash must use this three lane slip ramp to access the forthcoming toll plaza. Otherwise motorists with a transponder continue ahead through the high-speed toll gantry. Photos taken 07/05/11.
NW 97th Avenue crosses over SR 836 as the expressway nears the interchange for SR 973 (NW 87th Avenue). Galloway Road is a secondary name for State Road 973. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The Dolphin Expressway will meet SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) in 1.75 miles while Miami International Airport is reached in six miles (via SR 953 north). Photo taken 07/05/11.
Two lanes depart for SR 973 (NW 87th Avenue) along SR 836 east. SR 973 follows 87th Avenue and Galloway Road south from the Dolphin Expressway to U.S. 1 (Pinecrest Parkway) in Kendall. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Temporary one mile guide sign for SR 969 (NW 72nd Avenue) to Milam Dairy Road near the interchange with the Palmetto Expressway. Work is ongoing to upgrade the SR 836/826 interchange into a stack interchange with high-speed ramps. Construction began in 2009 on the estimated $560 million project with a slated completion of Fall 2015. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Dated scene of the previous off-ramp to SR 826 south. The Palmetto Expressway was built as a western limited-access bypass to Miami in the late 1950s connecting the Dolphin Expressway with the Golden Glades Interchange (I-95) in northern Miami and with U.S. 1 near the Dadeland neighborhood. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Motorists leave for State Road 826 north via a former loop ramp. As part of the reconstruction, all existing loops ramps have been replaced with high-speed flyover ramps connecting the two expressways. Photo taken 07/05/11.
SR 836 east on the one-quarter mile approach to SR 969 (NW 72nd Avenue) as it nears the previous Milam Dairy Road overpass. As part of the SR 826/836 overhaul, Milam Dairy Road now travels under the SR 836 mainline slightly west of its former span, and the folded diamond interchange it shared with the Dolphin Expressway has been eradicated in favor of a modified diamond. Otherwise the Miami International Airport is a three mile drive. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The expressway reaches the former loop ramp to NW 72nd Avenue and SR 969. Photo taken 07/05/11.
SR 836 and the Dolphin Expressway will next meet SR 959 (NW 57th Avenue/Red Road) in one mile as the southern edge of Miami International Airport comes into view. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Reaching the east end of the SR 826/836 project on the one half mile approach to SR 959. SR 959 stems south along NW 72nd Avenue from Perimeter Road to U.S. 1 (South Dixie Highway) near the University of Miami. South of Dixie Highway 72nd Avenue continues along with Red Road to Old Cutler Road. Photo taken 07/05/11.
NW 45th Avenue meets SR 836 at a half diamond interchange 1.50 miles ahead while SR 953 (Le Jeune Road) north will take motorists to Miami International Airport (MIA) one half mile further. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The Dolphin Expressway skirts around Blue Lagoon en route to NW 45th Avenue and Le Jeune Road. Several Downtown skyscrapers also come into view as the expressway arcs the lagoon. Photo taken 07/05/11.
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Two sets of overheads line the expressway on the final approach to the ramp for NW 45th Avenue. Drivers bound for MIA will depart SR 836 east to SR 953 north via a left ramp ahead. Photos taken 07/05/11.
SR 836 reaches the departure ramp to NW 45th Avenue. Use NW 45th Avenue north to NW 15th Street west as an alternative for car rental returns. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Le Jeune Road takes SR 953 north toward the Airport Expressway (SR 112), Hialeah and Opa Locka. To access Miami International Airport use the NW 21st Street interchange. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Drivers leave for both SR 953 north and south as three lanes continue east along the Dolphin Expressway. Le Jeune Road (NW 42nd Avenue) represents a major north-south arterial threading Miami with Coral Gables to the south and Hialeah and Opa Locka to the north. SR 953 runs along Le Jeune Road from U.S. 1 (South Dixie Highway) in Coral Gables north to SR 916 (NW 135th Street) in Opa Locka. Use State Road 953 south to reach Dade Medical College. SR 9 will meet the expressway next in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Traffic enters the Dolphin Expressway from the half diamond interchange (westbound) with NW 37th Avenue on the 0.5-mile approach to State Road 9 (NW 27th Avenue). Photo taken 07/05/11.
A toll plaza formerly operated along eastbound SR 836 immediately following the upcoming cloverleaf interchange. With the conversion of the Dolphin Expressway to cashless Open Road Tolling (ORT), the toll plaza was dismantled by February 2014 as it was no longer needed for cash collections. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The right lane will depart ahead for SR 9 south along NW 27th Avenue. The state road links the expressway with the West Little Havana neighborhood as well as with U.S. 41 (SW 8th Street) and U.S. 1 near Coconut Grove. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Drivers continue east toward Downtown and Miami Beach as the expressway spans NW 29th Avenue at the SR 9 interchange. A loop ramp will leave next for SR 9 north to northern Miami neighborhoods and Opa Locka. Photo taken 07/05/11.
SR 9 north continues along NW 27th Avenue through the Gladeview and West Little River neighborhoods before entering Opa Locka. The state road branches northeast near NW 139th Street for the Golden Glades interchange and its merge with Interstate 95 north to Fort Lauderdale and beyond. Photo taken 07/05/11.
These dated signs alerted motorists of the upcoming cash-based toll plaza ahead of the NW 17th Avenue interchange. With the removal of the toll plaza by 2014, signs were replaced to include a pull-through guide sign for SR 836 east. Photo taken 07/05/11.
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This reassurance shield is posted near a crossover for NW 11th Street and the split to NW 17th Avenue. Use NW 17th Avenue south to nearby Marlins Park (home of the Miami Marlins MLB franchise). Photos taken 07/05/11.
Marlins Park and the Miami skyline rise in the distance as traffic leaves for NW 17th Avenue. NW 17th Avenue north connects the Dolphin Expressway with the Civic Center neighborhood and its hospital facilities. The former cable-stayed toll plaza is seen in the distance. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Interstate 395 east will begin at the forthcoming Midtown Interchange with Interstate 95 north and south. SR 836 will silently continue east along I-395 for its 1.29-mile duration to Florida A1A and the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The Dolphin Expressway passes near Marlins Park en route to I-95 and Downtown Miami. The stadium sits on a portion of the former Orange Bowl stadium, previous home to both the Miami Dolphins (NFL franchise) and the Miami Hurricanes (NCAA). Completed in 2012, the stadium features a retractable roof and outfield glass panels, allowing for continued game play during varied weather conditions. Marlins Park is also the smallest stadium in terms of actual seating capacity. Photo taken 07/05/11.
In addition to Marlins Park, the skyline of downtown Miami comes into view to the southeast of SR 836. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The Dolphin Expressway mainline will reduce to two overall lanes as the outer lanes depart to Interstate 95 north and south respectively. Photo taken 12/28/03.
SR 836 spans NW 14th Street as it makes the final approach to the Midtown Interchange. I-95 north connects the Dolphin Expressway with the northern Miami neighborhoods and Fort Lauderdale in adjacent Broward County. I-95 south will leave next for Downtown and U.S. 1. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Drivers leave for Interstate 95 south to Downtown along SR 836 east as it enters the Midtown stack interchange. A secondary slip ramp will connect to NW 8th Street prior to the merge to I-95 south. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Interstate 395 continues east from this point toward U.S. 1 and Miami Beach. The city of Fort Lauderdale lies 26.4 miles to the north via Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 07/05/11.
View of the stack interchange as seen from the transition ramp between eastbound SR 836 and northbound Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/28/03.


Photo Credits:

    12/28/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart. 07/05/11 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 395 - Dolphin Expressway

Page Updated 09-10-2014.