Florida 924 - Gratigny Parkway

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Measuring 8.49 miles in length, Florida State Road 924 follows Gratigny Parkway from Miami Lakes to Opa-Locka and NW 119th Street east to North Miami and Biscayne Park. Operated by the Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the Gratigny Parkway comprises a six lane toll road from the exchange joining the south end of Interstate 75 with the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) to the Douglas Le Jeune Connector at Amelia Earhart Park.

The Gratigny Parkway was proposed in the 1969 Miami Transportation Study as the Opa-Locka Expressway. The Opa-Locka Expressway was planned to bridge the east-west gap in North Dade, roughly paralleling the existing Gratigny Drive / NW 119th Street corridor. Built between December 1987 and January 1992, the Gratigny Parkway represents the western half of the Opa-Locka Expressway. The name "Gratigny" comes from the name of the landowners who owned property in the vicinity of the area prior to development.

The section of the Opa-Locka Expressway from NE 27th Street east to U.S. 1 was canceled due to community opposition. A revised proposal for extending SR 924 east to Interstate 95 resulted in a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study began in June 2010. However subsequent action by MDX placed the SR 924 East Extension PD&E on permanent hold.

The PD&E for the MDX SR 924 West Extension, lengthening the Gratigny Parkway to the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT) along NW 138th Street, was completed in 2015. A Design Phase Revaluation followed, with the design build for the section between the HEFT and NW 97th Avenue included in the Five Year Work Program.

Florida State Road 924 East
The zero milepost for State Road 924 stands next to this shield assembly above the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826). Photo taken 04/01/14.
MDX converted the Gratigny Parkway to all electronic toll collection (AET) in 2010. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Two interchanges lie along Gratigny Parkway east over the ensuing 2.5 miles. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Tolls are collected along Gratigny Parkway between each interchange. The first toll gantry along SR 924 operates east of the SR 916 (W 84th Street) underpass in Hialeah. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Gratigny Parkway trends southward from parallel SR 916 (W 84th Street) to the parclo interchange with SR 823 (NW 57th Avenue). Photo taken 04/01/14.
State Road 823 constitutes an arterial route south along Red Road (W 4th Avenue) through Hialeah and north along NW 57th Avenue to Miami Lakes and Miami Gardens. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 924 curves southeast between Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) and Amelia Earhart Park. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 953 (NW 42nd Avenue) passes under SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) just ahead of the parclo interchange with the Douglas Le Jeune Connector. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The second toll collection point along SR 924 eastbound. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 953 stems south from NW 42nd Avenue and SR 916 (NW 135th Street) at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) into eastern reaches of Hialeah. The state road extends 11.74 miles south to U.S. 1 at Coral Gables. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Douglas Le Jeune Connector branches east from SR 953 (E 8th Avenue) in Hialeah to Douglas Road north through the city of Opa Locka. Photo taken 04/01/14.
A loop ramp connects SR 924 east with Douglas Le Jeune Connector north to Douglas Road and NW 37th Avenue through Miami Gardens. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Gratigny Parkway transitions to NW 119th Street beyond the TriRail bridge south of Lejeune-Douglas Industrial Park. Photo taken 04/01/14.
NW 119th Street comprises a six lane arterial east from Gratigny Parkway at NW 36th Avenue. The ensuing intersection is with NW 32nd Avenue. Photo taken 04/01/14.
NW 32nd Avenue joins SR 924 (NW 119th Street) with Seaboard Industrial Park and the North Campus of Miami Dade College. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Florida State Road 924 East
Reassurance marker for SR 924 posted after NW 32nd Avenue. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Lake Road from Miami Dade College North and NW 30th Place from Seaboard Industrial Park converge with SR 924 (NW 119th Street) at the ensuing traffic light. Photo taken 05/07/06.
An end shield for the tolled portion of SR 924 previously appeared at NW 119th Street and SR 9 (NW 27th Street). SR 9, the hidden component of I-95 throughout most of Florida, emerges from the freeway at the Golden Glades Interchange and overtakes NW 27th Street south from SR 817 through Opa Locka. Photo taken 05/07/06.
NW 27th Street (Carrie P. Week Boulevard / Unity Boulevard) leads SR 9 south from Westview in unincorporated Miami-Dade County to the city of Miami at SR 112 (Airport Expressway). Photo taken 05/07/06.
Florida State Road 924 West
The Gratigny Parkway portion of SR 924 extends 4.85 miles west from NW 119th Street at NW 32nd Avenue to I-75 and SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway). Photo taken 04/01/14.
A left turn connects SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) with NW 36th Avenue into Seaboard Industrial Park at the expressway beginning. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 924 elevates across TriRail leading into the parclo interchange with the Douglas Le June Connector. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Entering the Opa Locka city limits, SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) reaches the off-ramp for Douglas Le Jeune Connector north to NW 37th Avenue and south to SR 953 (E 8th Avenue). Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 953 follows NW 42nd Avenue north from E 8th Avenue in Hialeah to SR 916 (NW 135th Street) and Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Opa Locka. Photo taken 04/01/14.
MDX uses all electronic toll (AET) collection along the Gratigny Parkway. SR 924 switched from cash tolling in 2010. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The original Gratigny Parkway toll plaza was located west of SR 953 (NW 42nd Avenue) by Amelia Earhart Park. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) arcs westward between Amelia Earhart Park and Miami-Dade Industrial Park toward the exchange with SR 823 (Red Road / NW 57th Avenue). Photo taken 04/01/14.
State Road 924 passes through an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County between Opa Locka and northern Hialeah. Photo taken 04/01/14.
An AET gantry precedes SR 823 at Hialeah on SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) westbound. Photo taken 04/01/14.
State Road 823 is a 20.22 mile long arterial route originating from U.S. 27 in Hialeah and leading north to I-595 in Broward County. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Westbound at the parclo interchange with SR 823 (Red Road / NW 57th Avenue) north to Miami Gardens and W 4th Avenue south through Hialeah. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Confirming marker posted west of SR 823 by Palm Lakes Industrial Park. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Gratigny Parkway leads 1.25 miles west to the systems interchange (Exits 1A/B) with SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and Interstate 75 north. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The second westbound AET gantry on SR 924 lies between Hialeah-Miami Lakes Park and parallel SR 916 (W 84th Street) in Hialeah. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Gratigny Parkway transitions directly onto Interstate 75 northbound at the exchange with SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway). The succeeding exit is with NW 138th Street and Graham Dairy Road in northwest Hialeah. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Forthcoming SR 826 is a major commuter corridor, connecting Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, West Miami, Kendall and Pinecrest along the heavily traveled Palmetto Expressway. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The ramps for SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) are assigned I-75 based exit numbers along SR 926 (Gratigny Parkway) westbound. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Exit 1A departs SR 924 west for the Palmetto Expressway north through Miami Lakes and east through Miami Gardens. The freeway concludes at the Golden Glades Interchange with I-95, Florida's Turnpike and U.S. 441/SR 9. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Left Exit 1B follows for SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) southward to Doral and Miami International Airport (MIA). Photo taken 04/01/14.
Interstate 75 commences at the bridges spanning SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway). I-75 winds northward through suburban areas of Broward County to I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway). Photo taken 04/01/14.
Interstate 75 initially straddles the Hialeah and Miami Lakes city line northwest from SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) and SR 826. Express lanes accompany the corridor north to SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) and Interstate 595. Photo taken 04/01/14.

Sources:

Research from Justin Cozart and Jason Learned on the background of SR 924 on TropicalTurnpikes.com was reproduced with permission by Justin Cozart.



Photo Credits:

    05/07/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart. 04/01/14 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 95
U.S. 441
Florida 826 - Palmetto Expressway

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