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Gratigny Parkway

Routing

Florida 924 is the Gratigny Parkway, an east-west toll freeway that connects Interstate 75 and Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway to N.W. 32nd Avenue, where the parkway turns into Gratigny Drive/N.W. 119th Street, a surface street. The name "Gratigny" comes from the name of the landowners who owned land in the vicinity of the area prior to development.

Although it is a "parkway," Florida 924/Gratigny Parkway is full freeway standard, with six lanes for its entire length. Interchanges are found at the Florida 953, the LeJeune/Douglas Connector and at West 4th Avenue/N.W. 57th Avenue (5 ramp, SW partial cloverleaf).

History

Like many other freeways in the Miami-Dade region, Florida 924/Gratigny Parkway was first proposed in the 1969 Miami Transportation Study. Florida 924 was originally proposed in that 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/N.W. 119th Street corridor. The Gratigny Parkway, which was built between December 1987 and January 1992, only occupied the western half of the Opa-Locka Expressway. The section of the Opa-Locka Expressway from N.W. 27th Street east to U.S. 1 was canceled due to community opposition.

Many thanks to Justin Cozart and Jason Learned for the background information about Florida 924. This information was originally posted on TropicalTurnpikes.com and is reproduced with permission by Justin Cozart.

Eastbound Florida 924
Eastbound Florida 924 (Gratigny Parkway) meets Florida 953 (LeJeune Road/East 8th Avenue) at this interchange. This picture was taken along eastbound Florida 924 a mile or so past its junction with Interstate 75 and Florida 826 (Palmetto Expressway). Photo taken 12/99.
Eastbound Florida 924 (Gratigny Parkway) at Florida 9 (NW 32nd Avenue). The short Florida 924 tollway ends at this stoplight at Florida 9. Florida 924 continues as a surface street past Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/99.
Eastbound State Route 924 at Junction U.S. 441 (and in the background, Interstate 95). Photo taken 12/99.

Westbound Florida 924
This toll plaza is located along westbound after the Florida 953/LeJeune Road interchange on westbound Toll Florida 924/Gratigny Parkway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The section of Toll Florida 924 that is maintained by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority is signed with a shield like this one, which is found on the westbound mainline after the toll plaza. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit after the toll plaza is the junction with Florida 823, N.W. 57th Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Another reassurance shield for Florida 924 is posted as the parkway approaches the interchange with Florida 823. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Westbound Florida 924 reaches Junction Florida 823 (Red Road/N.W. 57th Avenue). Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Florida 924 prepares to transition directly onto Interstate 75. The parkway transitions from MDX to Florida DOT maintenance. The right lane can exit onto northbound Florida 826, while the left lane can exit onto southbound Florida 826. The main lanes become the northbound lanes of Interstate 75. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After the Palmetto Expressway interchange, the following exit on northbound Interstate 75 is Exit 2, N.W. 138th Street (Graham Dairy Road). Note the Florida 924 shield tacked onto the sign bridge support. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida 826 is a major freeway corridor, connecting Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, West Miami, Kendall, and Pinecrest together along a single north-south roadway. Throughout the first decade of the 2000s, Florida 826 is programmed for major improvements, including additional lanes, high occupancy vehicle lanes, and higher-performing interchanges. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Westbound Florida 924 approaches the junction with Florida 826 and Interstate 75. From this interchange, northbound Interstate 75 begins its northerly journey toward Broward County before turning west to cross the Everglades via the Alligator Alley. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Westbound Florida 924 reaches the transition ramp onto northbound Florida 826 (Palmetto Expressway). Photo taken 12/28/03.
At the gore point, Interstate 75 exit numbers are in use, as Toll Florida 924/Gratigny Parkway transitions into the Interstate highway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
A left exit offers the transition from westbound Florida 924 onto southbound Florida 826. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Interstate 75 begins its northbound journey here at the Exit 1B gore point, and Florida 924 comes to its western terminus. Photo taken 12/28/03.

Page Updated March 23, 2005.