Interstate 95 North - Miami-Dade County

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Interstate 95 & U.S. 1 north
Interstate 95 north begins at a wye interchange with Brickell Avenue. Brickell Avenue was formerly a part of U.S. 1 until winter 2014, when the city of Miami took over maintenance for the boulevard leading northeast to Downtown. Photo taken 04/01/14.
The freeway rises to pass over SW 26th Road and SR 913 by the first northbound reassurance marker. Interstate 95 skirts the western edge of Downtown and the eastern edge of Little Havana over the next three miles. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Condominiums and high rises line the northern horizon as Interstate 95 approaches the Miami financial district. I-95 runs north for 17.26 miles through Miami-Dade County, with the first seven miles falling within the city of Miami. Miami was founded in 1896. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The first exit along northbound Interstate 95 is Exit 1B, U.S. 41 (SW 8th Street). U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) eastbound serves Downtown with the route reaching its southern terminus at U.S. 1 from the Downtown Distributor and north of the Miami River.
U.S. 41 used to continue further east to Miami Beach, but it was truncated in 1999. By 2004, maps started to show this section of former U.S. 41 as Florida A1A. Notably, U.S. 41 in Miami-Dade County is signed east-west rather than north-south. This makes sense considering that the highway is almost exclusively east-west through Miami. Photo taken 03/04/14.
The nascent freeway is only four lanes wide, separated by a concrete barrier on a fairly narrow section of right of way. This changes with the on-ramp from SR 913 (Rickenbacker Causeway) north, which adds a third northbound lane. Photo taken 03/04/14.
The second shield of Interstate 95 north appears as the freeway turns more northerly along the western periphery of Downtown Miami. The Miami Metrorail line leading northeast from Dadeland to Downtown passes under I-95 here. Photo taken 04/01/14.
A parclo interchange joins Interstate 95 with the one-way couplet of U.S. 41 (SW 7th and SW 8th Streets) in one quarter mile. U.S. 41 leads west from Miami to traverse the Everglades en route to Naples, where the route curves northward for the remainder of its 2,000 mile journey to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Exit 1B lowers from I-95 north onto SW 3rd Avenue north ahead of the U.S. 41 couplet. U.S. 41 intersects the south end of U.S. 441 (SW 8th Avenue), five blocks to the west. U.S. 441 parallels I-95 north through Miami to Hollywood, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. U.S. 41 otherwise remains west to Little Havana, West Miami and Sweetwater. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Wayfinding signs, such as this one posted after the Exit 1B gore point, direct motorists to popular visitor destinations served by Interstate 95. This assembly refenaces Downtown (via Exit 2A, Downtown Distributor), Miami Beach via I-395, and Miami International Airport (MIA) via SR 112. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 1 remain elevated northward across the Miami River to their split at the Downtown Distributor. Doubling as State Road 970, the Downtown Distributor spurs east to SE 3rd Street at NE 2nd Avenue, where U.S. 1 rejoins its previous surface routing through the central business district. Photo taken 07/05/11.
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Downtown high rises dominate the view to the east as the Metrorail rises high above the Miami River. Interstate 95 also reaches a higher elevation to span the Miami River and allow boats to pass underneath. Photos taken 03/04/14, 09/30/17.
The three wye directional interchange with the Downtown Distributor (SR 970) spreads into view immediately north of the Miami River. State Road 970 is a very short freeway designed to connect the center of Downtown Miami (the vicinity of Flagler Street) to Interstate 95, for a grand distance of 0.56 miles. It was completed in 1970. Photo taken 07/05/11.
U.S. 1 splits with Interstate 95 for the Downtown Distributor (Exit 2A) east into Downtown. While the two routes parallel one another somewhat closely, they do not cross paths again until the north side of Ormond Beach in Volusia County. The next overlap between the two is not until the George Washington Bridge at Fort Lee, New Jersey. Photo taken 09/30/17.
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Exit 2B quickly follows onto NW 3rd Avenue north at NW 2nd Street. NW 3rd Street parallels the elevated freeway north to NW 5th Street east to American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA Miami Heat). Photo taken 09/30/17.
Continuing north, Interstate 95 advances to the Midtown Interchange with I-395 east (Exit 2D) and SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) west. Photo taken 09/30/17.
With the August 3, 2014 opening of the Port Miami Tunnel (SR 887), Exit 2D to I-395 east provides the best route for the Port of Miami on Dodge Island. Interstate 395 otherwise transitions into SR A1A across Mac Arthur Causeway to Miami Beach. Photo taken 09/30/17.
The 95 Express Lanes begin two miles north of the Midtown Interchange. The tolled lanes run along the left side of I-95 northward into Broward County. Photo taken 04/04/15.
A four level interchange joins Interstate 95 with I-395 east and SR 836 west. SR 836 extends east as the hidden counterpart of Interstate 395 to MacArthur Causeway. MacArthur Causeway (SR A1A) connects with 5th Street at South Beach in Miami Beach. Photo taken 09/30/17.
The Port Miami Tunnel originates from the inside lanes of Interstate 395 / SR A1A on Watson Island. Designated State Road 887, the $1 billion tunnel was bored between November 2011 and May 2013. Scheduled to open in May 2014, malfunctioning equipment delayed its debut to traffic until August 2014.1 Photo taken 04/04/15.
SR 836 emerges from Interstate 395 along the tolled Dolphin Expressway. The busy route runs west to Miami International Airport (MIA), the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) and U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) west of Sweetwater. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Interstate 95 runs north along side the Wynwood neighborhood to the 36th Street Interchange with Interstate 195 east and SR 112 (Airport Expressway) west. Exit 4A initially departs from within the Midtown Interchange as a bypass ramp to avoid merging traffic from I-395 west and SR 836 east. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Exit 3A departs from the left side for the Dolphin Expressway west. Cash tolling along State Road 836 eastbound was eliminated on July 21, 2013 and replaced with electronic tolling. Tolls were implemented in the westbound direction upon removal of the former cash lanes by winter 2014.2 Photo taken 09/30/17.
Northbound I-95 reaches the bypass ramp for Interstate 195 east to Miami Beach. The mainline partitions with the two 95 Express lanes in one mile. Photo taken 09/30/17.
The tolled 95 Express Lanes charge variable rates depending upon time of day and traffic congestion. Signs initially displayed the rate to the Golden Glades Interchange. A replacement made after 2014 reflected the completion of Phase 2 to Broward County. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Exit 4 is a symmetrical stack interchange (Exits 4A/B) with Interstate 195 east to Julia Tuttle Causeway and Miami Beach and SR 112 (Airport Expressway) west to MIA Airport. Photo taken 09/30/17.
A second toll schedule sign appears as traffic merges onto I-95 north from I-395 west and SR 836 east. Preregistered carpools (HOV-3 or more) may travel the 95 Express lanes free of charge. All others are charged tolls electronically, primarily with Sunpass transponders. Photo taken 09/30/17.
The fourth reassurance marker for Interstate 95 appears as the North South Expressway passes west of the Wynwood and east of the Allapattah communities. Photo taken 04/01/14.
A mileage sign provides the distance to Fort Lauderdale (via Interstate 95) and Orlando (via Florida's Turnpike). This wayfinding sign is another in a series of signs posted for out of town tourists. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Exit 4 carries all traffic in unison bound for both Interstate 195 east and State Road 112 (Airport Expressway) west. I-195 extends east from the Airport Expressway 4.42 miles across Biscayne Bay to SR 907 (Alton Road). The Interstate doubles as SR 112, with the state road emerging along Arthur Godfrey Road to SR A1A (Collins / Harding Avenues) in Miami Beach. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Interstate 195 provides a high speed route across Julia Tuttle Causeway to north Miami Beach. The six-lane freeway fully opened in 1960 as the first route within the Miami expressway system. State Road 112 runs 9.86 miles from SR A1A west to MIA Airport at SR 953 (LeJeune Road). Photo taken 09/30/17.
Two lanes join Interstate 195 east ahead of ramps with Miami Avenue and U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard). U.S. 27 parallels the freeway just to the south along NW 36th Street. The US highway commences a 1,364-mile route to Ft. Wayne, Indiana from U.S. 1 at I-195 near Bay Point. Photo taken 09/30/17.
The flyover from I-95 north to SR 112 west joins the Airport Expressway ahead of NW 17th Avenue (Exit 7). The Expressway leaves the Miami city limits for Brownsville beyond the first off-ramp. Photo taken 03/26/06.
Interstate 95 continues north with four general purpose lanes and two managed lanes to the Golden Glades Interchange. Auxiliary lanes add capacity between various on and off-ramps, such as to Exit 6A for NW 62nd Street / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Photo taken 01/23/16.
An I-95 shield stands near the SR 944 (NW 54th Street) underpass. Exit ramps connected the freeway with NW 54th Street here until 1976. Photo taken 04/01/14.
NW 62nd Street / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard constitutes a major east-west boulevard route that traverses Liberty City to the west and crosses the Lemon City and Little Haiti areas to the east. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 6A) with NW 62nd Street / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on I-95 north. NW 5th Court stems north from the ramp end to Athalie Range Park. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The first in a series of interchange sequence sign appears at the NW 62nd Street underpass. Interstate 95 leaves the Miami city limits beyond SR 934 (Exit 7) in just over a mile. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 934 runs along the northern city limits of Miami between Interstate 95 and Miami Avenue. The immediate area north of SR 934 is not incorporated.
SR 934 is a major arterial that extends east, skirting Little Haiti and continuing past U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard) en route to Kennedy Causeway. The causeway spans Biscayne Bay, leading SR 934 through North Bay Village (North Bay and Treasure Islands) to SR A1A in Miami Beach. Photo taken 01/23/16.
One quarter mile south of the split diamond interchange (Exit 7) with SR 934 (NW 79th Street east / NW 81st Street west) on I-95 north. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Heading west from Exit 7, SR 934 (82nd Street) west recombines with NW 79th Street en route to Gladeview and the city of Hialeah. The 13.11-mile state road ends at SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) at Medley. Photo taken 01/23/16.
A wayfinding sign advises motorists destined for Fort Lauderdale in Broward County and distant Orlando to continue north on Interstate 95. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Crossing Little River Canal, Interstate 95 approaches the diamond interchange (Exit 8A) with NW 95th Street in one quarter mile. Exit 8B follows with SR 923 (NW 103rd Street), as both exits serve Miami Shores to the east. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Interstate 95 passes just west of the village of El Portal by this shield assembly. Photo taken 04/01/14.
NW 95th Street is also known as the Rev. Dr. A. Jackson, Jr. Boulevard. The street heads east to Miami Shores, where it connects with NE 2nd Avenue in the city business district, and west to West Little River. Photo taken 01/23/16.
A diamond interchange joins I-95 with SR 932 (NW 103rd Avenue) west of Miami Shores and east of Pinewood Park next. Signed state roads become more prevalent on local streets as Interstate 95 passes through the unincorporated, yet well-developed areas of Miami-Dade County. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Exit 8B leaves Interstate 95 north for SR 932 (NE 103rd Avenue). The state road runs 9.70 miles between U.S. 27 (Okeechobee Road) in Hialeah Gardens and SR 915 (NE 6th Avenue) in Miami Shores. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Next in line for northbound motorists is the half diamond interchange (Exit 9) with SR 924 (NW 119th Street). Back to back exits follow within the city of North Miami. Photo taken 01/23/16.
State Road 924 follows NE 119th Street east to end at State Road 909 (West Dixie Highway) between Miami Shores and North Miami. West from Exit 9, SR 924 stays just south of the North Miami city limits to the Westview industrial area and Opa-Locka. Once in Opa-Locka, NW 119th Street transitions to the tolled Gratigny Parkway, a limited access route leading west to Interstate 75 at Hialeah. Photo taken 01/23/16.
SR 922 (NW 125th Street) begins and leads east 5.55 miles from Exit 10A to Florida A1A between Bal Harbour and Surfside on the Atlantic Ocean. SR 916 parallels to the north along NE 135th Street through North Miami to U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard). Photo taken 04/01/14.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 10A) with SR 922 (NW 125th Street) on I-95 north in North Miami. Broad Causeway east across Biscayne Bay to Bay Harbor Islands is a toll bridge that is not state maintained. NW 125th Street west from Exit 10A is a local residential street. Photo taken 09/30/17.
A split diamond interchange (Exit 10B) joins Interstate 95 with NW 135th Street east and Opa-Locka Boulevard west in one half mile. Collectively the one-way couplet is a part of State Road 916.
Two miles remain otherwise to the Golden Glades Interchange with Florida's Turnpike and the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826). Photo taken 09/30/17.
The on-ramp from NW 125th Street adds a seventh northbound lane to Interstate 95 by this reassurance marker. The lane defaults onto Exit 10B with SR 916 ahead. The state road runs 10.25 miles overall, ending to the west at the Palmetto Expressway adjacent to the exchange joining I-75 and Gratigny Parkway. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Exit 10B parts ways for NW 6th Avenue north, which links the split directions of SR 916 (NW 135th Street / Opa Locka Boulevard). Exit 11 departs in another mile for NW 151st Street at Biscayne Gardens. Photo taken 04/01/14.
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Phases 1A and 1B of the 95 Express Lanes concluded at the Golden Glades Interchange with the Turnpike and SR 826. Until 2015, the two managed lanes split into the original HOV flyover onto I-95 north and a slip ramp onto the freeway mainline ahead of Exit 12. Photos taken 01/23/16.
One quarter mile out from the half diamond interchange (Exit 11) with NW 151st Street on I-95 north. NW 151st Street connects the freeway with adjacent U.S. 441 (NW 7th Avenue), which in turns crosses Biscayne Canal north to the Golden Glades Park & Ride Lot and Golden Glades Station on Tri-Rail. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Interstate 95 crosses back into unincorporated Miami-Dade County north of the NW 143rd Street underpass. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Fort Lauderdale is another 15 miles to the north along Interstate 95. Long distance motorists bound for Orlando (217 miles) are directed onto the Turnpike at the Golden Glades Interchange in one mile. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Exit 12B departs from within the Golden Glades Interchange for SR 826 east along NE 167th Street to Uleta and North Miami Beach. The Golden Glades Interchange comprises a massive tangle of ramps and flyovers that connect the main north-south freeway with the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) west, Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) north to Orlando, and U.S. 441 (NW Second Avenue) north. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Interstate 95 north reduces to three through lanes at the Golden Glades Interchange, with Exit 12A claiming the number one and two lanes for the Turnpike mainline and Palmetto Expressway west. Photo taken 01/23/16.
A lane drop occurs where Exit 11 leaves I-95 north for NW 151st Street at Biscayne Gardens. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Traffic merging onto I-95 north from the adjacent 95 Express Lanes form one of the two lanes departing in 0.75 miles for the Florida's Turnpike north. The turnpike mainline began here until 1973, when the first section of the Homestead Extension (HEFT) opened to traffic. The HEFT (SR 821) ties into the Turnpike mainline four miles to the north by Lake Lucerne. Photo taken 01/23/16.
The third and final exit within the Golden Glades Interchange joins Interstate 95 north with U.S. 441 (NW 2nd Avenue) north through east Miami Gardens. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Six overall lanes partition with the left lane carrying the 95 Express Lanes onto the high flyover, the number two and three lanes departing for the Turnpike and SR 826 west and the remaining lanes continuing I-95 north toward Fort Lauderdale and Exit 12B (SR 826 east). Photo taken 01/23/16.
The 95 Express Lane splits into a through lane for northbound Interstate 95 as well as a ramp for the Golden Glades Park & Ride lot off of U.S. 441. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) veers northwest from I-95 with a ramp onto the Palmetto Expressway west nearby. The State Road 91 portion of the toll road stretches 265 miles north to West Palm Beach, Kissimmee, Orlando and Interstate 75 at Wildwood. Photo taken 03/04/14.
A loop ramp departs from the departing Turnpike for SR 826 west through Miami Gardens to Miami Lakes and Hialeah. The Palmetto Expressway, a congested commuter route encircling Miami to the west, opened in 1962. State Road 826 follows all of the route south 24.71 miles to U.S. 1 at Pinecrest. Photo taken 04/01/14.
SR 826 extends another 5.73 miles from the Palmetto Expressway end along a commercial arterial east through North Miami Beach to Florida A1A at Sunny Isles. Photo taken 03/04/14.
The HOV flyover at Golden Glades opened to traffic in January 1995. Photo taken 03/04/14.
U.S. 441 separates onto ramps running through the Golden Glades Interchange. This is the only meeting between I-95 and the US route, despite the two paralleling one another for 12 miles. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Exit 12C joins U.S. 441 north ahead of NW 2nd Avenue to Golden Glades. U.S. 441 runs north between the I-95 and Turnpike corridors through Hollywood to North Lauderdale.
The pull through panel here is the first giving Fort Lauderdale as the control city for Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Leaving the Golden Glades Interchange finally, the hidden state road designation for I-95 shifts from SR 9A to SR 9. SR 9 ties into U.S. 441 from Opa-Locka to the southwest, with the solo portion of the route running 13.69 miles south to U.S. 1 in Miami.
North of Golden Glades, SR 9 represents the state road redesignation for all of I-95 north to the Georgia State Line. A northern section of SR 9A also represents the counterpart of I-295 around Jacksonville. Photo taken 03/04/14.
The next ingress point for the 95 Express lanes precedes Exit 14 to SR 860 (Miami Gardens Drive). Interstate 95 lines the western city limits of North Miami Beach to Miami Gardens Drive. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Phase 1A of the 95 Express Lanes, added between February and December 2008, conclude with the flyover merge at Golden Glades. Phase 2, constructed between November 2011 and April 2015, extends the lanes north to I-595. Photo taken 01/23/16.
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The forthcoming ingress point for the 95 Express Lanes allows traffic from the Golden Glades Interchange to access the managed lanes. Photos taken 01/23/16.
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An egress point follows in one mile for 95 Express Lane motorists bound for Ives Dairy Road (Exit 16) and the city of Aventura. Photos taken 01/23/16.
SR 860 heads east to Ojus and Aventura, where the route ends at U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard). Westward through Miami Gardens, SR 860 extends to a trumpet interchange with Interstate 75 that opened in 1986. Photo taken 01/23/16.
I-95 crosses C-9 Canal 11 miles south of Fort Lauderdale. Photo taken 01/23/16.
A diamond interchange (Exit 16), improved in 1993 and again during road work between January and November 2012, joins NE 203rd Street / Ives Dairy Road with Interstate 95 in one mile. Photo taken 01/23/16.
Interstate 95 angles northeast between Andover Lake Estates and Ojus to Exit 16 with NE 203rd Street / Ives Dairy Road. The east-west arterial was formerly a part of State Road 854 between SR 823 by Miramar and U.S. 1 at Aventura. Photo taken 03/04/14.
A reassurance marker for I-95 north appears by the Exit 16 gore point for Ives Dairy Road. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Ives Dairy Road doubles as unsigned County Road 854 west from the exchange with I-95 to U.S. 441 (NW 2nd Avenue) near Norland. A section section of CR 854 also runs west from Florida's Turnpike to SR 817 (University Drive). Photo taken 01/23/16.
Interstate 95 straddles the Pembroke Park and Hallandale Beach city line to a diamond interchange (Exit 18) with SR 858 (Hallandale Beach Boulevard). Photo taken 01/23/16.
Interstate 95 departs from Miami-Dade County and enters Broward County. Broward County, home to 31 municipalities and 1.94 million per 2017 census estimates, consists of 409.80 square miles that have been developed or are planned for development. All of this land is located east of a levee that separates the populated areas from the vast Everglades. The total county has 1,196.90 square miles with the remaining 787.10 square miles undeveloped or located within protected lands.4 Photo taken 03/25/06.


 

Sources:

  1. "Traffic sailing through long-awaited PortMiami tunnel." Miami Herald, September 3, 2014.
  2. "Cash tolls end on Dolphin Expressway." Miami Herald, July 21, 2013.
  3. "Work at Ives Dairy Road, I-95 to end before Thanksgiving." SunSentinel, November 13, 2012.
  4. Quick Facts for Broward County: Do you know the area of Broward County? Is Broward County becoming more diverse? What is the largest age group in the County? How has the County changed from 1990 to 2000? http://www.broward.org/urbanplanning/bbtn2.pdf prepared by the County of Broward


Photo Credits:

  • 03/25/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 03/26/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/05/11 by AARoads.
  • 03/04/14 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 04/01/14 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 04/04/15 by AARoads.
  • 01/23/16 by AARoads.
  • 09/30/17 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 195 & Florida 112
Interstate 395 - Dolphin Expressway
Interstate 595 - Port Everglades Expressway
U.S. 1
U.S. 441
State Road 112 - Airport Expressway
State Road 826 - Palmetto Expressway
State Road 836 - Dolphin Expressway

Page Updated 11-02-2018.