State Road 874 - Don Shula Expressway

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Operated by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), State Road 874 is the Don Shula Expressway, a toll road angling from the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (SR 821 / HEFT) northeast to SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway). The Don Shula Expressway joins Kendall and unincorporated areas of south Miami-Dade County with the Turnpike north of Homestead and the Palmetto Expressway west of Miami. The entire 7.03 mile long expressway follows the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC).

SR 874 / HEFT interchange construction

The Don Shula Expressway was expanded with an addition lane in each direction between 88th Street / Kendall Drive and SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway). The Mainline Improvements project ran from Fall 2011 to 2014. It included the addition of sound walls and landscaping work. Prior construction upgraded SR 874 southwest from Kendall Drive to SW 117th Avenue. Underway from Fall 2008 to 2011, the work also reconstructed the Killian Parkway interchange.1

Widening of the Homestead Extension from Eureka Drive / SW 184th Street north to Killian Parkway / SW 104th Street included the redesign of the exchange between the HEFT and SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway). The $145.3 million project started in March 2014 realigned the ramps for SR 874 from the left side to the right side and added Express Lane ramps. Work extended to Spring 2019.2

Planned as the South Dade Expressway, the toll road was renamed in 1982 in honor of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula. Like many other freeways in the Miami-Dade region, The Don Shula Expressway was first proposed in the 1969 Miami Transportation Study. The route was outlined as splitting northeast from the West Dade Expressway, which was later renamed as the Homestead Extension to Florida's Turnpike (HEFT), to the Palmetto Expressway. The 1969 plan initially referenced the HEFT south from SR 874 to U.S. 1 as part of an extended South Dade Expressway, but plans subsequently changed to incorporate the southern portion of the route into the Florida's Turnpike system.

Previously proposals called for extending SR 874 southwest from the Homestead Extension further along the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) all the way to SR 997 (Krome Avenue). However, each time those plans arose, they were promptly rejected by the regional planning agency.

Florida State Road 874 North
MDX maintenance takes over along SR 874 north at the bridge spanning Cutler Drain Canal Number C-100. Photo taken 04/04/15.
A begin shield for State Road 874 stands at the SW 117th Avenue overpass. Photo taken 04/04/15.
The flyover from SW 128th Street east onto SR 874 north merges with the Don Shula Expressway where this reassurance marker was posted. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Angling northeast between an array of subdivisions, SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) advances one mile to a parclo interchange with SR 990 (Killian Parkway). Photo taken 04/04/15.
State Road 990 lines Killian Parkway 2.97 miles east from SR 874 and SR 985 (SW 107th Avenue) to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) at Pinecrest. Photo taken 04/04/15.
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Tolls along the Don Shula Expressway are collected electronically with Sunpass transponders. The first of three toll gantries operates along SR 874 northbound near Lake Oakland and the Killian Drive underpass. Photos taken 04/04/15.
Interchanges are along SR 874 are unnumbered. Departing here is the ramp for Killian Parkway west to the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College and the Hammocks community and east through Kendall. Photo taken 04/04/15.
SR 990 concludes on the west side of the exchange with SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) where SR 985 begins. SR 985 follows SW 107th Avenue north 7.60 miles to SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) at Sweetwater. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Paralleling Canal C-100C, the Don Shula Expressway continues one mile northeast to a modified diamond interchange with SR 94 (SW 88th Street / Kendalle Drive). Photo taken 04/04/15.
Confirming for SR 874 north posted along the west side of Killiam Palms Country Club golf course. Photo taken 04/04/15.
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Traveling through the second toll collection point on the Don Shula Expressway northbound at Kendall. Photos taken 04/04/15.
SR 94 is a major arterial route measuring 10.70 miles in length between SR 997 (Krome Avenue) and U.S. 1 by Dadeland Mall. SR 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway) splits with SR 874 north beyond the exchange with SR 94 (Kendall Drive). Photo taken 04/04/15.
Two lanes depart SR 874 northbound for SR 94 (SW 88th Street / Kendall Drive). SR 94 leads to the Kendall business district and the Kendall West area. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Operated by the MDX, State Road 878 spurs 2.66 miles east along the Snapper Creek Expressway to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). Photo taken 04/04/15.
Paralleling Snapper Creek, SR 878 connects with SW 87th Avenue (SR 973) in Kendall and U.S. 1 to South Miami and Pinecrest. Photo taken 04/04/15.

Sources:
  1. Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) Completed Projects. MDX web page, accessed May 1, 2019.
  2. "Turnpike Widening, Express Lanes and Interchange Improvements - Eureka Drive to Killian Parkway." Florida's Turnpike Enterprise fact sheet.

Background and historical information for the SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) was researched by Justin Cozart and Jason Learned. Originally posted on TropicalTurnpikes.com, this information was reproduced with permission by Justin Cozart.



Photo Credits:

04/04/15, 09/30/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Florida's Turnpike
State Road 826 - Palmetto Expressway
State Road 878 - Snapper Creek Expressway

Page Updated 05-01-2019.