Florida's Turnpike

Florida's Turnpike is the main toll road connecting Homestead, Greater Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port Saint Lucie/Fort Pierce, Orlando, and Wildwood/Ocala through a continuous limited access corridor, roughly parallel to U.S. 27 and U.S. 441. The highway was built in stages between 1957 through 1974:

  • Golden Glades Interchange (Junction Interstate 95/Florida 826) north to Fort Pierce - opened in 1957 as the "Sunshine State Parkway"; part of Florida 91.
  • Fort Pierce north to Wildwood (Junction Interstate 75) via Orlando - 1964; part of Florida 91.
  • Homestead north to Golden Glades Interchange (Junction Interstate 95/Florida 826) - 1974; also known as Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike ("HEFT" or Florida 821).

Florida's Turnpike is part of a larger Turnpike Enterprise System, which also includes:

Other Florida toll roads, such as the remainder of Florida 528/Beach Line Expressway, the remainder of Florida 417/Central Florida Greeneway, Florida 408/Orlando East-West Expressway, Florida 618/Selmon Crosstown Expressway, Florida 112/Airport Expressway, Florida 836/Dolphin Expressway, and Florida 924/Gratigny Parkway are owned and operated by local tolling entities rather than the Florida Turnpike System Enterprise.

For more information, visit Florida's Turnpike Official Web Page.

Florida's Turnpike Highway Guides

Construction is underway along Florida's Turnpike between Florida 429 Toll and Florida 528 Toll / U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail) to both widen the roadway and add sound barriers. Expansion of the Turnpike to eight lanes between Interstate 4 and the Beachline Expressway was completed by April 2008. Additional work on the Turnpike results in a series of new SunPass-only ramps, including those for Consulate Drive (Exit 255), Exit 240 (Kissimmee Park Road), Exit 138 (Becker Road), Exit 107 (Florida 710 / Bee Line Highway), Exit 98 (Jog Road), and Exit 34 (N.W. 106th Street).

Florida's Turnpike scenes
South of Miami, Florida's Turnpike utilizes the control city of Homestead. This overhead is posted on Eureka Drive eastbound at the split-diamond interchange (Exit 13) of the Turnpike at Cutler Ridge. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Eureka Drive eastbound at the northbound on-ramp to Florida's Turnpike. Florida's Turnpike continues five miles north to the split with Florida 874 (Don Shula Expressway). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Eureka Drive westbound at the split-diamond interchange with Florida's Turnpike at South Miami Heights and Cutler Ridge. Photo taken 03/25/06.
A frontage road connects Eureka Drive southbound with Florida 994 (Quail Roost Drive) and Florida's Turnpike southbound to Homestead and Monroe County. Photo taken 03/25/06.
A pedestal dog-house traffic light governs the movements onto the southbound frontage road from Eureka Drive west. Eureka Drive (SW 184th Street) continues west to Larry & Penny Thompson Memorial Park and Lindgren Acres. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Heading south on the Exit 13 access road between Eureka Drive and Florida 994 (Quail Roost Drive). Florida 994 heads east to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) at Cutler Ridge and west to Florida 997 (Krome Avenue). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Florida's Turnpike trailblazers posted at the southbound return ramp from the Snapper Creek Service Plaza in Miami-Dade County. Photo taken 05/06/06.
Ramp split of Interstate 4 Exit 77 to Florida's Turnpike north to Ocala and south to Miami. Photo taken 01/14/08.
Entering Florida's Turnpike system from the confluence of U.S. 27 and Florida 19. A partial interchange joins U.S. 27 and Florida 19 southbound here; a second interchange lies four miles northwest to provide northbound access. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Toll Entering the toll booth for southbound Florida's Turnpike from U.S. 27 and Florida 19. The northern half of the turnpike uses a coin/cash system, with discounts available for SunPass account holders. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Florida's Turnpike trailblazers posted within Okahumpka Service Plaza, the northernmost facility along the 312 turnpike mainline. Photos taken 04/28/08.
Automatic windshield washers are available for both cars and trucks at Florida's Turnpike Service Plazas. These are useful during the biannual love bug season where insect splats cake onto car windows. Photos taken 04/28/08.

Page Updated April 28, 2008

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