State Road 878 - Snapper Creek Expressway

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Operated by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the Snapper Creek Expressway (State Road 878) parallels Snapper Creek between SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) and U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). The 2.66 mile long expressway generally passes through unincorporated Kendall. A concrete barrier separates the two lane roadways, and interchanges along SR 878 connect with SR 973 (SW 87th Avenue) and SW 72nd Avenue. There is no interchange with SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway).

Like many other expressways in South Florida, the Snapper Creek Expressway was first proposed in the 1969 Miami Transportation Study. It was originally planned to connect U.S. 1 with the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike, simply by using SR 878 west to SR 874 south to the turnpike. Funded with gas tax funds, the Snapper Creek Expressway was built as planned between 1978 and 1980. SR 878 was converted to all electronic tolling (AET) in 2010.1

Florida State Road 878 East
SR 878 branches east from SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) from a wye interchange. The exchange with SR 973 (SW 87th Avenue / Galloway Road) follows. Photo taken 04/04/15.
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The first of two all electronic toll (AET) gantries along the Snapper Creek Expressway precedes the ramp to SR 973 by the Galloway Heights and Pineview Homes subdivisions. Photos taken 04/04/15.
Entering the diamond interchange with SR 973 (SW 87th Avenue / Galloway Road) north to Glenvar Heights and south to U.S. 1 near the Howard neighborhood of Kendall. Photo taken 04/04/15.
The succeeding exit along eastbound SR 878 is with SW 72nd Avenue south to Dadeland Mall. SW 72nd Avenue parallels the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) north to A.D. Barnes Park. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Confirming marker posted ahead of the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) under crossing. There is no access between SR 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway) and SR 826. Photo taken 04/04/15.
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The second toll collection point lies just west of SR 826. Tolls were added to SR 878 eastbound in 2010 as part of the MDX system wide conversion to AET. Photos taken 04/04/15.
The half diamond interchange with SW 72nd Avenue lies one half mile beyond the Palmetto Expressway. Photo taken 04/04/15.
The unnumbered ramp for SW 72nd Avenue departs SR 878 (Palmetto Expressway) one half mile ahead of the toll road end at U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). Photo taken 04/04/15.
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SR 878 shifts southeast from parallel SW 80th Street to connect with U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) along a 1,468 foot long viaduct spanning the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railroad and SW 70th Avenue.1 Photos taken 04/04/15.
The Snapper Creek Expressway concludes at an at-grade intersection with U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) between the Pinecrest and South Miami city lines. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Three lanes connect SR 878 east with U.S. 1 northeast to Coral Gables and Coconut Grove in Miami. The overpass carries the Miami Metrorail over the intersection. Photo taken 04/04/15.

Sources:
  1. "Update of MDX Open Road Tolling - Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee" Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. September 11, 2013.
  2. SR 878 over FEC R/R SW70 & SW72 AVE, Miami-Dade County, Florida. BridgeReports.com.

Some background information about SR 878 was originally researched by Justin Cozart and Jason Learned and posted on TropicalTurnpikes.com. It is reproduced with permission by Justin Cozart.



Photo Credits:

04/04/15 by AARoads

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U.S. 1
State Road 874 - Don Shula Expressway

Page Updated 05-02-2019.