Florida 970 - Downtown Distributor

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State Road 970 is the "Downtown Distributor," a 0.56 mile long freeway designed to connect Downtown Miami, near the vicinity of Flagler Street, S.E. 2nd Avenue, and S.E. 3rd Street, with I-95. It was built in 1970 as part of the last link of Interstate 95 completed in Miami-Dade County. SR 970 is generally unsigned from I-95, with guide signs displaying "Miami Avenue - Downtown" and "Biscayne Boulevard" instead.

The freeway has the bureaucratic name of "Downtown Distributor," and it has not been considered for any other names. Most people know these ramps by the connection they make with U.S. 1 and Interstate 95. With the U.S. 1 realignment off Brickell Avenue to the south of U.S. 41 in 2013, the Downtown Distributor became part of U.S. 1, as it bypasses the Brickell section of the city along I-95 and SR 970.

U.S. 1 North Florida State Road 970 East
A SR 970 shield appears along the transition ramp from I-95 north to the Downtown Distributor eastbound. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Ramps from I-95 north and south parallel one another, with separate access to Miami Avenue and SE 1st Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The Downtown Distributor partitions for SE 2nd Avenue and the continuation of U.S. 1 along Biscayne Boulevard via SE 3rd Street, and SE 1st Avenue north into the central business district. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The ramp to SE 1st Avenue lowers along side SE 4th Street by the James L. Knight International Center. NE 1st Avenue leads toward American Airlines Arena, located along Biscayne Boulevard (U.S. 1) to the east. Photo taken 12/28/03.
U.S. 1 South Florida State Road 970 West
Miami Avenue southbound approaches the entrance ramp for SR 970. Signage for the Downtown Distributor references the connection with I-95 in place of SR 970. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The Downtown Distributor viaduct over SW 3rd Street comes into view as Miami Avenue south reaches the entrance ramp to SR 970 at SW 2nd Street. Photo taken 12/28/03.

Sources:

Background information on SR 970 was originally posted on TropicalTurnpikes.com and was reproduced with permission by Justin Cozart and Jason Learned.



Photo Credits:

12/28/03 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
U.S. 1

Page Updated 04-26-2019.