Florida 997 connects U.S. 1 in Homestead with U.S. 27 northwest of Hialeah, skirting the western fringes of the Miami metropolitan area. The highway passes through undeveloped rural and agricultural areas. Hurricane Andrew in August 1992 devastated the area around Homestead, and Florida 997 passes through the heart of this area. Known as Krome Avenue, Florida 997 is 36.7 miles long and was known as Florida 27 until the late 1980s. The designation of Florida 27 was changed to Florida 997 and Florida 9336 in order to reduce the confusion between U.S. 27 and Florida 27.
|Sixteen blocks south of S.W. 232nd Street, Florida 997 intersects S.W. 248th Street after passing the Redland Golf and Country Club. Use 248th Street east to Princeton (U.S. 1), Florida 989 to Florida's Turnpike, and Metrodade-Black Point Marina adjacent to Biscayne National Park alongside Biscayne Bay. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|Bauer Drive, another 16 blocks south, travels east to Naranja and Tallahassee Road (S.W. 137th Avenue) south to Homestead Air Reserve Base. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|After miles of agricultural land, Florida 997 enters an urban environment upon entering the city of Homestead. Homestead is home to 32,046 people as of the 2000 Census, and it is the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County, having been founded in 1898 and incorporated in 1913, after the Overseas Railroad was constructed through town. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|A major intersection on Krome Avenue is at S.W. 312th Street in Homestead, which travels east to U.S. 1, the Homestead City Hall, and the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT/Florida 821). Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|In Homestead, Florida 997 intersects Flagler Avenue, which parallels the railroad tracks through town. This photo was taken immediately after crossing the railroad tracks. Flagler Avenue is the old alignment of U.S. 1 through Homestead; the new U.S. 1 road is located to the east of here. Note the trailblazer for Florida's Turnpike. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|Southbound Florida 997/Krome Avenue reaches Florida 9336, which follows West Palm Drive through Florida City. Florida 9336 angles southwest toward Everglades National Park via S.W. 344th Street and S.W. 217th Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|A left turn here follows Florida 9336 a block or so east to its end at U.S. 1. A right turn follows Florida 9336 southwest toward the main entrance to Everglades National Park. Florida 997 continues south toward U.S. 1 near the Card Sound Road intersection. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
|The southern terminus of Florida 997 is documented and signed as the state road approaches U.S. 1. Florida 997 ends a short distance north of the northern terminus of Card Sound Road (former Florida 905), which offers an alternative route to the Florida Keys via the toll Card Sound Bridge. Photo taken 12/28/03.|
Page Updated November 4, 2007.