Florida's Turnpike North - Homestead Extension

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Florida's Turnpike north
Florida's Turnpike branches northeast from U.S. 1 (NE 1st Avenue) at a wye interchange. The Homestead Extension (HEFT) provides an alternate route to metropolitan Miami from the Overseas Highway, avoiding much of the congestion along U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Completed in 1974, the Homestead Extension initially features a wide grassy medians. The 47-mile toll road has a service plaza at Snapper Creek (milepost 19). The turnpike mainline, including the HEFT, was designated the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, in honor of the 40th U.S. President, in 1988. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Suburban development spreads east across previously rural areas from the Homestead Extension toward SW 137th Avenue and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Exit 2 joins the toll road with northern reaches of Homestead in one mile. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Passing over SW 162nd Avenue, the HEFT approaches Exit 2 with Campbell Drive / SW 312th Street. The east-west arterial connects with SW 137th Avenue near Homestead Air Reserve Base. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 2) with Campbell Drive / SW 312th Street west to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) and SR 997 (Krome Avenue). Photo taken 05/07/06.
Turning more toward the north, the HEFT advances one mile to a parclo interchange (Exit 5) with Biscayne Drive / SW 288th Street. Photo taken 03/25/06.
SW 288th Street (Biscayne Drive) travels west from forthcoming Exit 5 to Leisure City and U.S. 1. 288th Street also travels east toward Homestead Air Reserve Base. Photo taken 05/07/06.
East from the Turnpike and Exit 5, SW 288th Street leads to Bougainville Boulevard and Homestead Air Reserve Base. When it was still Homestead Air Force Base, the facility suffered major damage during Hurricane Andrew. The category 5 storm made landfall in South Florida on August 24, 1992. Photo taken 05/07/06.
The Turnpike bends eastward from Princeton Canal to next meet SR 969 (SW 112th Avenue) in one mile. Photo taken 12/28/03.
SR 989 lines SW 112th Avenue north from Exit 9 to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) by Southland Mall. The state road totals 3.03 miles. Photo taken 12/28/03.
SW 112th Avenue continues south from the parclo interchange (Exit 9) with the HEFT to Moody Drive. Coconut Palm Drive stems east from just north of Exit 9 to Black Point Park on Biscayne Bay. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Spanning Coconut Palm Drive, Florida's Turnpike separates densely packed subdivisions to the west from rural areas to the east. The first mainline toll plaza was located a mile north of here. It was demolished and replaced with an all electronic toll (AET) gantry by 2011. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Leading away from the first toll collection point, the Homestead Turnpike proceeds 0.75 miles to SW 216th Street (Hainlin Mill Drive). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Frontage roads accompany both sides of the Turnpike north from the half diamond interchange (Exit 11) with SW 216th Street. The arterial heads east to the Isles at Bayshore community and SW 87th Avenue and west to Goulds, Monkey Jungle and SR 997 (Krome Avenue). Photo taken 12/28/03.
Continuing north, the HEFT quickly approaches a diamond interchange (Exit 12) with SW 211th Street / Cutler Ridge Boulevard and Caribbean Boulevard. Both arterials link the toll road with U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) by Southland Mall (formerly Cutler Ridge Mall). Photo taken 05/07/06.
Florida's Turnpike north crosses Black Creek Canal at the off-ramp (Exit 12) for Cutler Ridge and Caribbean Boulevards. Caribbean Boulevard winds northeast through residential areas of Cutler Bay to SW 184th Street. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The turnpike passes over U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) without direct access. The succeeding exit joins the HEFT with SR 994 (Quail Roost Road) and SW 184th Street (Eureka Drive). Photo taken 12/28/03.
Exit 13 consists of a split diamond interchange with SW 186th and 184th Streets at South Miami Heights. Both arterials heads east to an business park area ahead of U.S. 1. SR 994 lines SW 186th Street and Quail Roost Road west 8.06 miles from U.S. 1 to SR 997. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Leading away from South Miami Heights, the succeeding exit is a split diamond interchange (Exit 16) with SR 992 (SW 152nd Street) and SW 117th Avenue. Photo taken 03/25/06.
This set of guide signs formerly partitioned traffic for the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 16) to SR 992 and SW 117th Avenue and the nearby wye interchange (Exit 17) with SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) north. Photo taken 03/25/06.
SR 992 lines SW 152nd Street east from the HEFT 2.46 miles between Richmond Heights and Palmetto Estates to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). SW 152nd Street continues east from U.S. 1 to Cutler and the Charles Deering Estate Historic Site and west as an unnumbered arterial to Deerwood and Country Walk. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Florida's Turnpike crosses over SW 117th Avenue and parallels the arterial north to the separation with SR 874. SR 874 provides a direct route to SR 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway) east through Kendall to U.S. 1 and the Palmetto Expressway north to Hialeah. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Construction underway through late 2018 added two Express Lanes along the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike from Eureka Drive north to the separation with SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway). Photo taken 04/04/15.
Started in March 2014, the $145.3 million Turnpike Widening project from SW 184th Street toward SW 104th Street includes a major redesign of the wye interchange (Exit 17) with SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) north. Work relocates Exit 17 to depart from the right side, adds Express Lane ramps to the left, and builds a distributor roadway north from SW 117th Avenue.1 Photo taken 04/04/15.
The left side ramp for SR 874 north was a remnant from the original turnpike layout, where plan called for the West Dade Expressway (Homestead Extension) ending at the South Dade Expressway. The South Dade Expressway was renamed to honor the long time Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula. Photo taken 04/04/15.
SR 874 branches northeast from the Homestead Extension with three lanes as the turnpike continues north with three lanes to the Snapper Creek Service Area. SR 874 travels 7.03 miles northeast along the tolled Don Shula Expressway to SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) at Glenvar Heights. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Exit 19 departs from the left side of Florida's Turnpike to SW 120th Street after the bridge across Cutler Drain Canal. SW 120th Street stems west from SW 117th Avenue to SR 825 (SW 137th Avenue) and Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB). Photo taken 03/25/06.
The Snapper Creek Service Area is the first along the turnpike mainline northbound. The facility lies between the north and south roadways beyond SW 120th Street. The Turnpike Widening project replaces this left side ramp with a new connection from SW 120th Street at Exit 19. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Next in line for northbound motorists is the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 20) with SR 94 (SW 88th Street / Kendall Drive). SR 94 travels east to Kendall and SR 836 (Palmetto Expressway). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Exit 20 departs Florida's Turnpike northbound for SR 94 (SW 88th Street). SR 94 west continues to Kendale Lakes, Hammocks and SR 997 (Krome Avenue) at the Everglades. Photo taken 03/25/06.
The second toll collection point along the Turnpike northbound is north of the SW 56th Street (Miller Road) underpass at Westwood Lakes. Exit 23 follows for Bird Road (SW 40th Street). Photo taken 03/25/06.
A parclo interchange (Exit 23) joins the Homestead Extension with SR 976 (SW 42nd Street) east to Westwood Lakes and Olympia Heights.
The main line plaza previously located here was demolished and replaced with an AET gantry by 2011. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Continuing from the toll collection point toward Exit 23. SR 976 begins at the HEFT and travels 8.47 miles east to South Miami and Coral Gables, ending at U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Exit 23 crosses parallel Snapper Creek Canal to join SW 117th Avenue north ahead of its intersection with SW 40th Street / Bird Road. Bird Road west shifts southward along SW 42nd Street to north Kendale Lakes and south Tamiami. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Florida's Turnpike north passes just west of Tamiami Park and Florida International University (FIU) from the Coral Way over crossing to Exit 24 with U.S. 41 (SW 8th Street / Tamiami Trail). Photo taken 03/25/06.
U.S. 41 travels west from the parclo interchange (Exit 25) with the Turnpike to Everglades National Park and Naples in Collier County. Eastward the U.S. highway comprises an arterial street east to the cities of Sweetwater, West Miami, Coral Gables and the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Photo taken 03/25/06.
SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) ties into Florida's Turnpike north of Sweetwater at Exit 26. The Dolphin Expressway provides the main route to Miami International Airport (MIA), Downtown Miami and Miami Beach from the western suburbs. Photo taken 03/25/06.
A folded diamond interchange just north of SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) links the Turnpike with NW 12th Street. NW 12th Street parallels the north side of Dolphin Expressway by Dolphin and Miami International Malls. Photo taken 03/25/06.
A three-lane off-ramp veers east from the Homestead Extension at a wye interchange (Exit 26). Prior to 2007, when the three mile Dolphin Expressway extension opened west to SR 825 (NW and SW 137th Avenue), SR 836 ended here. There is no access to the extension from the Turnpike northbound. Photo taken 03/25/06.


 

Sources:

  1. "Turnpike Widening, Express Lanes and Interchange Improvements - Eureka Drive to Killian Parkway." Florida's Turnpike Enterprise fact sheet.


Photo Credits:

12/28/03, 03/25/06, 05/07/06, 04/04/15 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 75
State Road 836 - Dolphin Expressway

Page Updated 09-07-2017.