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Florida's Turnpike North - Homestead Extension (Florida 821)

Northbound Florida's Turnpike
Florida's Turnpike begins its northbound journey in Homestead after splitting from U.S. 1 at the northern end of the Overseas Highway. The turnpike provides an alternate route to metropolitan Miami from the Overseas Highway, avoiding much of the congestion of U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). Photos taken 12/28/03 & 03/25/06.

Completed in 1974, the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike features wide, grassy medians, one service plaza at Snapper Creek (Milepost 19), and mainline toll plazas at Milepost 10 (Homestead), Milepost 22 (Bird Road), Milepost 32 (Okeechobee), and Milepost 47 (Miramar). It joins the mainline turnpike near Milepost 48, just north of the Golden Glades Interchange (junction Interstate 95, U.S. 441/Florida 7, and Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway). Photo taken 12/28/03.
The Homestead Extension and mainline Florida's Turnpike are designated with these green shields, which feature an outline of the state of Florida and a line showing the length of the turnpike within the outline of the state. The signs and directional banners are green, making it a unique sign for the state of Florida. Most of the other toll roads in the state feature white, "U" shaped signs with the state of Florida outlined in red and the word "TOLL" at the top. In 1998, Florida's Turnpike was designated the "Ronald Reagan Turnpike," in honor of the 40th U.S. President. Photo taken 12/28/03.
To assist travelers en route to Miami International Airport, this sign advises that the exit to Florida 836/Dolphin Expressway east to Miami International Airport (Exit 26A) is 25 miles straight ahead. This style of sign, with arrow at the top, is common in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Photo taken 05/07/06.
The first exit along Florida's Turnpike northbound is that of the Exit 2 folded-diamond interchange with Campbell Drive / Southwest 312th Street in Homestead (Exit 2). Exit 2 serves Miami Dade College's Homestead campus and Homestead Miami Speedway among other points of interest. Photo taken 05/07/06.
One half mile south of the Exit 2 off-ramp to Campbell Drive / Southwest 312th Street. Suburban sprawl has encompassed much of the open space east of Florida's Turnpike along Campbell Drive since the early 2000s. Campbell Road continues east to Southwest 137th Avenue near Homestead Air Reserve Base. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike (HEFT/Florida 821) reaches Exit 2, Campbell Drive/S.W. 312th Street. Campbell Drive ventures west to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) and Florida 997 (Krome Avenue) in central Homestead. Photo taken 05/07/06.
The next exit along northbound is Exit 5, S.W. 288th Street (Biscayne Drive), which travels west to Leisure City and U.S. 1. 288th Street also travels east toward Homestead Air Reserve Base. All of the homes that front the northbound side of the Turnpike did not exist in 2003. Photo taken 03/25/06.

In 1992, Homestead Air Force Base, along with much of the city of Homestead, was ravaged by Hurricane Andrew, a Category Four hurricane that slammed into South Florida. Much of the base, along with the city, was damaged beyond repair by the extensive winds and rain. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike (HEFT/Florida 821) approaches Exit 5, SW 288th Street/Biscayne Drive, one-half mile. A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins the toll road with four-lane divided Biscayne Drive. Photo taken 05/07/06.
A toll is required for all traffic exiting onto Exit 5, S.W. 288th Street (Biscayne Drive). Photo taken 05/07/06.
The next exit along northbound is Exit 9, Junction Florida 989, S.W. 112th Avenue north to U.S. 1 near Goulds. S.W. 112th Avenue also continues south of this interchange, connecting to Moody Drive northeast of the air reserve base. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida 989 is primarily a north-south connecting route between Florida's Turnpike and U.S. 1 via S.W. 112th Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Use Florida 989/S.W. 112th Avenue north to Coconut Palm Drive (S.W. 248th Street) east to the Black Point Park unit of Biscayne National Park. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike reaches Exit 9, Junction Florida 989 (S.W. 112th Avenue). Photo taken 12/28/03.
Immediately after Exit 9, through traffic approaches its first toll plaza along northbound Florida's Turnpike. Photos taken 05/07/06.
The turnpike is a coin-operated toll collection system through South Florida, but it changes to a ticket-based collection system further to the north, as it leaves the urbanized areas. Photo taken 05/07/06.
The toll plaza features several service lanes, and it allows for SunPass and exact change lanes as well as lanes with toll collectors. Photo taken 03/25/06.
The next exit along northbound is Exit 11, S.W. 216th Street (Hainlin Mill Drive). Agricultural lands adjacent to the turnpike were converted into a subdivision between 2003 and 207. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike reaches Exit 11, S.W. 216th Street (Hainlin Mill Drive). Use Hainlin Mill Drive east to Old Cutler Road and west to Monkey Jungle and Junction Florida 997. The next exit is Exit 12, Cutler Ridge Boulevard and Caribbean Boulevard. Note the sign damage caused by 2005's Hurricane Wilma and the addition of guard rails along the southbound carriageway. Photos taken 12/28/03 & 05/07/06.

Use Exit 12 (S.W. 211th Street/Cutler Ridge Boulevard) for U.S. 1. Travelers bound for southbound should use Southwest 112th Street west while northbound motorists should continue along Southwest 107th Avenue (frontage road) north. This exit also serves Caribbean Boulevard via the northbound frontage road. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike reaches Exit 12, S.W. 211th Street/Cutler Ridge Boulevard west to Southland Mall (formerly Cutler Ridge Mall), Florida 989, and U.S. 1. This interchange also serves Caribbean Boulevard, which parallels Cutler Ridge Boulevard. Guard rails have since been added to the median of the Turnpike. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit along northbound Florida's Turnpike is Exit 13, Junction Florida 994, Quail Roost Road. This exit also connects to Eureka Drive via the frontage road. Florida 994 is an east-west route that originates at Florida 997 (Krome Avenue) in the west and extends east to U.S. 1 at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Quail Roost Road. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike reaches Exit 13, Junction Florida 994, Quail Roost Road to Eureka Drive. A split-diamond interchange facilitates the movements to Florida 994 and parallel Eureka road at Cutler Ridge and South Miami Heights. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit is Exit 16, Junction Florida 992, Coral Reef Drive (S.W. 152nd Street) east to Charles Deering Estate Historic Site at Deering Bay and west to Florida 997 (Krome Avenue). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Florida's Turnpike draws to within two miles of the split with Florida 874 (Don Shula Expressway) on the one half mile approach to Florida 992 (Exit 16). Exit 16 consists of a split-diamond interchange with both Florida 992 (SW 152nd Street) and north-south SW 117th Avenue. SW 117th Avenue begins nearby and travels north along side Florida's Turnpike to Miller Road at Westwood Lakes. Florida 874 meanwhile provides a direct connection to U.S. 1 at South Miami via Florida 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway) east and Florida 826 (Palmetto Expressway) north at Tropical Park. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike reaches Exit 16, Junction Florida 992. The turnpike retains three lanes in each direction through this area. North of Exit 12, Florida's Turnpike remains west of U.S. 1. Photo taken 05/07/06.
The next exit along northbound is a major split in the route. The right lanes will continue north along Florida's Turnpike, while the left lanes transition onto northeastbound Florida 874 (Don Shula Expressway) en route to downtown Miami, Miami International Airport, and coastal areas. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Even though the turnpike is the through route, the reason why the right lanes continue straight ahead is because the turnpike was originally the "West Dade Expressway," which was planned to end at the "South Dade Expressway," which is continued north via Florida 874. To access the Palmetto Expressway (Florida 826), use Florida 874 north to its end. To reach Interstate 75 and Interstate 595, continue north on Florida' s Turnpike. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Secondary to Exit 17 is the next local access interchange for Exit 19, S.W. 120th Avenue to Florida 990 (Killian Parkway/S.W. 104th Street) via S.W. 117th Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Snapper Creek Service Plaza resides just north of the South Dade Expressway split of Florida's Turnpike northbound. The facility provides food and fuel vendors as well as tourist information. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike (Florida 821) and Don Shula Expressway (Florida 874) split here. Use Florida 874 north to Miami and Florida's Turnpike to Broward County and Palm Beach County destinations. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Exit 19 leaves Florida's Turnpike northbound from the left-hand side to join Southwest 120th Street ahead of the Snapper Creek Service Area. SW 120th Street stems west from SW 117th Avenue to Florida 825 (SW 137th Avenue) and Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Continuing north to the Snapper Creek main line Service Plaza. This is the first of several along Florida's Turnpike, with all such facilities residing within the median. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Next in line for northbound motorists is the six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 20) with Florida 94 (Southwest 88th Street / Kendall Drive). Florida 94 travels east to Kendall and junction Florida 836 (Palmetto Expressway). Photo taken 03/25/06.
Exit 20 departs Florida's Turnpike northbound for Florida 94 (Southwest 88th Street). Florida 94 west continues to Kendale Lakes, Hammocks, and junction Florida 997 (Krome Avenue) at the Everglades. Photo taken 03/25/06.
The second main line toll plaza is encountered on Florida's turnpike north of the Southwest 56th Street (Miller Road) underpass at Westwood Lakes. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Exit 23 consists of a partial-cloverleaf interchange north of the Westwood Lakes main line toll plaza with Florida 976 (Southwest 40th Street [Bird Road]). The interchange serves Westwood Lakes and Olympia Heights east of the Turnpike. Photo taken 03/25/06.
One half mile south of the toll plaza and one mile south of the Exit 23 off-ramp to Florida 976 (Bird Road). Florida 976 travels east to South Miami and Coral Gables, ending at U.S. 1 in Miami. Photo taken 03/25/06.
SunPass account holders are provided with the left-hand two lanes for passage through the Westwood Lakes toll plaza. All cash paying customers must squeeze through one lane before approaching the conventional toll booths. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Two SunPass lanes are not quite up to open road tolling standards to the left; all others must use one of the attended booths to the right. Photo taken 03/25/06.
A short distance beyond the toll plaza is the Exit 23 ramp departure for Florida 976. Exit 23 crosses the parallel Snapper Creek Canal to join Southwest 117th Avenue north ahead of its intersection with Southwest 40th Street / Bird Road. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Kendall Regional Medical Center rises along the southwest quadrant of the Exit 23 interchange with Florida 976 (Southwest 40th Street). Florida 976 moves down to Southwest 42nd Street on its westward course toward the Kendall Lakes area. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Continuing north, Florida's Turnpike approaches the Coral Way overpass at Tamiami Park and junction U.S. 41 (Exit 25). U.S. 41 (Southwest 8th Street / Tamiami Trail) travels east-west from downtown Miami to Naples through South Florida. A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins the two highways adjacent to the City of Sweetwater. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Exit 25 leaves Florida's Turnpike northbound for U.S. 41 (Southwest 8th Street) at Florida International University. U.S. 41 travels west to Everglades National Park and Collier County; eastward the federal highway ventures through West Miami, Coral Gables, and the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Florida 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) and the City of Miami from the western suburbs. A three-lane off-ramp facilitates the movements onto Florida 836 east at a partial "Y" interchange. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Just north of Exit 26 with Florida 836 (Dolphin Expressway) is a folded-diamond interchange with Northwest 12th Street. NW 12th Street parallels the Dolphin Expressway near adjacent Dolphin and Miami International Malls. There is no access onto the Dolphin Expressway extension west to Northwest 137th Avenue. Motorists must instead use northwest 12th Street. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Florida's Turnpike northbound at the Exit 26 ramp departure to Florida 836 (Dolphin Expressway). Until 2007, Florida 836 ended here, but now the road extends another two miles west to Northwest 137th Avenue south near U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Florida 836 east otherwise continues through to the stack interchange with Interstates 95 and 395 north of downtown Miami. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike past Florida 836 (Dolphin Expressway). Florida's Turnpike (hidden Florida 821) is only four lanes wide and surprisingly rural. The speed limit is 70 mph, more than most other highways in the area. The next northbound exit is at Northwest 41st Street (Exit 29). Photo taken 12/99.
Northbound Florida's Turnpike at Interstate 75 North Exit. There is no connection from the northbound turnpike to southbound Interstate 75. Photo taken 12/99.
Use Interstate 75 to Florida 869 for West Palm Beach and Orlando. This sign touts Florida 869 as the bypass around the turnpike here. Photo taken 12/99.
This "End Florida's Turnpike System" shield is found on the transition ramp from northbound Florida's Turnpike (Florida 821) onto northbound Interstate 75. Photo taken 12/99.

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Page Updated April 27, 2008.