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Interstate 75

Miami-Dade/Broward Counties - Northbound

North Interstate 75
After departing from the Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway and Florida 924/Gratigny Parkway interchange, Interstate 75 begins its northerly journey through Hialeah, then north (and west) toward Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The freeway has three through lanes to start on the connection from westbound Florida 924 to northbound Interstate 75. The left lane ends as traffic merges from ramps originating from Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The first exit along northbound Interstate 75 in Florida is Exit 2, NW 138th Street/Graham Dairy Road, one-half mile. Between Exit 1/Junction Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway and Exit 2, Interstate 75 north travels due west. At Exit 2, ramps connect from Interstate 75 to westbound NW 138th Street/Graham Dairy Road. Use NW 138th Street/Graham Dairy Road west to reach Hialeah Gardens Boulevard and NW 107th Avenue, two north-south streets in Hialeah. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Note the use of a flyover to connect Interstate 75 northbound with NW 138th Street/Graham Dairy Road. Interstate 75 northbound curves north as it passes through the interchange for Exit 2. Photo taken 12/28/03.
In this picture, Interstate 75 curves north after traveling due west away from Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway. The freeway retains four lanes in the northbound direction as it passes under the Exit 2/Graham Dairy Road overpass. Photo taken 12/28/03.
However, that fourth lane comes to an end after the overpass. This is in preparation for traffic merging in from Graham Dairy Road/NW 138th Street. Interstate 75 is signed with neutered shields for its entire length in Florida. State name shields in Florida were largely removed from circulation in the 1980s, although a few remain in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area for Interstate 4 and Interstate 275, and a few newer shields have been placed at the Interstate 95/Florida 50 interchange. No Interstate 75 Florida shields remain. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 75 is Exit 4, Junction Florida 860/NW 186th Street/Miami Gardens Drive, one-half mile. Near the point where this photo was taken, Interstate 75 departs Hialeah and skirts Palm Springs North (before crossing into Broward County after Exit 4 and passing by the Homestead Extension Florida's Turnpike). Florida 860 is an east-west route that follows Miami Gardens Drive east to U.S. 1/Biscayne Boulevard near Ojus. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Exit 4 is a trumpet interchange, which provides high speed connections between Interstate 75 and Florida 860. Use FLorida 860/Miami Gardens Drive east to the Golf Club of Miami and Village Park. Photo taken 12/28/03.
This reassurance shield is posted after the trumpet interchange at Exit 4. The ramp visible to the right is transitioning traffic from northbound Florida's Turnpike (Homestead Extension/Florida 821) onto northbound Interstate 75. There is no connection from northbound Interstate 75 to northbound Florida's Turnpike; likewise, there is no connection from southbound Florida's Turnpike to southbound Interstate 75. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Interstate 75 northbound departs Miami-Dade County and enters Broward County. Somewhat surprisingly for an urban area, the speed limit is set at 70 miles per hour. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Interstate 75 has five through lanes on the northbound direction after the junction with the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. The first city along Interstate 75 in Broward County is Miramar. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The recommended route to points along Florida's Turnpike (Florida 91 north to West Palm Beach and Orlando) is via Interstate 75 north to Toll Florida 869/Sawgrass Expressway north to Florida's Turnpike. The Sawgrass Expressway is managed by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next interchange along northbound Interstate 75 is Exits 7A-B, which serves Miramar Parkway (To Florida 858). Florida 858 is omitted on the guide signs, but it begins to east of this interchange; in fact, its western terminus U.S. 441/Florida 7 east of the city limits of Miramar. To the east, at the intersection with U.S. 441/Florida 7, westbound Miramar Parkway transitions into Florida 858/Hallandale Beach Boulevard en route to Hallandale Beach. The right lane of the freeway ends, leaving four through lanes for northbound traffic. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 7A, Junction Miramar Parkway east to Miramar, Florida 858, and Hallandale Beach. The next exit is Exit 7B, Miramar Parkway west to west Miramar. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Again five lanes wide through this interchange, northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 7B, Miramar Parkway west. This interchange is a partial cloverleaf, with loop ramps in use for the northbound to westbound connection and the southbound to eastbound connection. Loops are not used for the connections from Miramar Parkway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Midway between Exits 7A-B and 9A-B, Interstate 75 departs from Miramar and enters Pembroke Pines. The next interchange along northbound Interstate 75 is Exits 9A-B, Junction Florida 820/Pines Boulevard, which becomes Hollywood Boulevard upon entering the city of Hollywood to the east. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Through the north-south section of Interstate 75 in Broward County, the freeway has an extra-wide median with plenty of separation between northbound and southbound traffic. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 9A, Junction Florida 820/Pines Boulevard/Hollywood Boulevard east to Hollywood. The next exit in this partial cloverleaf interchange is Exit 9B, Junction Florida 820 west. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Prior to the renumbering of exits in 2002, Exit 9B was Exit 5B. Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 9B, Junction Florida 820/Pines Boulevard/Hollywood Boulevard west to Pembroke Pines. Florida 820 westbound ends at U.S. 27/Florida 25 in Pembroke Pines at the eastern edge of the Everglades Swamp. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next interchange along northbound is Exits 11A-B, Sheridan Street. The Sheridan Street interchange is yet another partial cloverleaf, with two exit ramps from northbound Interstate 75 to Sheridan Street, two ramps from southbound Interstate 75 to Sheridan Street, and two ramps from Sheridan Street (one to north Interstate 75 and the other to south Interstate 75). Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Interstate 75/Florida 93 reaches Exit 11A, Sheridan Street east to Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, and Hollywood Beach, terminating at Florida A1A. At Florida 817/North University Drive, Sheridan Street becomes Florida 822, a designation which continues east to the beach. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit along northbound is Exit 11B, Sheridan Street west through Pembroke Pines to Chapel Hill Nature Preserve. Sheridan Street reaches its western terminus at U.S. 27/Florida 25. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After Exit 11B, this sign advises through traffic to West Palm Beach and Orlando to use Exit 19, Junction Toll Florida 869/Sawgrass Expressway north. Toll Florida 869 is a 17-mile freeway that skirts the western edge of Sunrise, Tamarac, and Coral Springs before turning east and intersecting Florida's Turnpike/Florida 91 at Exit 71 near Coconut Creek. The Turnpike offers a direct route to both West Palm Beach and Orlando; for West Palm Beach, an alternative is to use Florida 869/10th Street to Interstate 95 north. There is no direct freeway to freeway connection from Florida 869 to Interstate 95; instead, motorists must connect via 10th Street. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next interchange along northbound is Exits 13A-B, Griffin Road/SW 46th Street (To Florida 818). Use Griffin Road west to reach Southwest Ranches, Weston, Junction U.S. 27/Florida 25, and Everglades Holiday Park. Griffin Road east becomes Florida 818 east of Florida 817/University Drive in Davie. Florida 818/Griffin Road continues east to U.S. 1 south of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and north of downtown Dania Beach. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Throughout Broward County, signs such as this one advise motorists of the Road Ranger Service Patrol, which provides emergency motorist services at all hours. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 13A, Griffin Road east to Cooper City, Davie, and Dania Beach. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit in this partial cloverleaf interchange is Exit 13B, Griffin Road west to U.S. 27/Florida 25 in Weston. Photo taken 12/28/03.
This faded Interstate 75 shield is placed immediately after the Griffin Road interchange (Exits 13A-B). This sign is fairly small given the width of this busy freeway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next exit along Interstate 75 north is Exit 15, Arvida Parkway, one-half mile. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Use Arvida Parkway west to enter the city of Weston. This is a trumpet interchange; Arvida Parkway does not extend east from Interstate 75. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 15, Arvida Parkway west to Weston, with connections to Weston Road, Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston Hills Country Club, and Saddle Club Road. Arvida Parkway angles northwest to meet Interstate 75 and Florida 84 just east of the stack interchange with U.S. 27. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The next interchange is a major interchange, as Interstate 75 northbound approaches Exit 19, Junction Interstate 595/Port Everglades Expressway east to Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Junction Florida 869/Sawgrass Expressway north to Coral Springs (with connections to northbound Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 95). At this interchange, north Interstate 75 turns from northbound to westbound in order to cross the Everglades en route to the Gulf Coast and Southwest Florida. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Another small, faded Interstate 75 shield is located along the five-lane freeway. To remain along northbound Interstate 75, stay in the left three lanes. The right three lanes will provide access to Interstate 595 east and Florida 869 north. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Interstate 75 approaches Exit 19, Junction Interstate 595/Port Everglades Expressway east and Florida 869/Sawgrass Expressway north. Note the use of a variable message sign on this overhead sign assembly, which is shaped like a rising sun. This design for a changeable message sign is typical for Broward County. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Although Florida 869 may also be used to access these two routes, Interstate 595 provides a direct freeway to freeway connection between Interstate 75 and Interstate 95 as well Florida's Turnpike. This is the first Interstate Highway that Interstate 75 meets on its northbound journey; the next Interstate Highway interchange is Interstate 275 near Bradenton. Photo taken 12/28/03.
As noted earlier, Exit 19 also connects to northbound Florida 869/Sawgrass Expressway, a toll facility that cuts a line between undeveloped swamp to the west and urbanized development to the east. The facility is maintained as part of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. There is no access from this interchange to Florida 84, which is the frontage road for Interstate 595 to the east and the frontage road for Interstate 75 to the west. Photo taken 12/28/03.
For the only time on its entire length, Interstate 75 will become a toll road for its journey across Florida's Everglades. The toll booth for the Everglades Parkway (popularly called "Alligator Alley") is located immediately after the U.S. 27 interchange, which is eight miles west of the Interstate 595/Florida 869 interchange. The toll rate at the time of this photo is $1.50 per car. The only other toll facility on Interstate 75 is the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Use the left three lanes to remain heading north (west) on Interstate 75 to Naples and Fort Myers via the Alligator Alley. The three right lanes will connect to Interstate 595/Florida 869. Note that Florida 869 is a tollway, while Interstate 595 is free. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Once on the transition ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to Interstate 595 and Florida 869, use the right two lanes to exit onto Interstate 595/Port Everglades Expressway and the three left lanes to exit onto Florida 869/Sawgrass Expressway north. Photo taken 12/28/03.
View of the split between Florida 869 and Interstate 595. This is a very large interchange that is almost a symmetrical stack interchange, except that the through lanes of Interstate 75 remain to the left in both directions. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After Interstate 595/Florida 869, one of the next exits is the return of Arvida Parkway to Interstate 75 at Exit 22, with connections to Florida 84/Frontage Road eastbound. Florida 84 does not continue west of this interchange; instead, it silently merges onto Interstate 75 (along with Florida 93) and does not resume on its own until reaching the outskirts of Naples at Exit 101 (Junction Collier County Route 951). Prior to the upgrade of the Alligator Alley to Interstate standards in the early 1990s, the Alley was signed as Florida 84. Many maps showed both Interstate 75 and Florida 84 along the Alligator Alley until the mid-1990s. Today, Interstate 75 is shown solely on this highway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After Arvida Parkway, the next exit is Exit 23, Junction U.S. 27/Florida 25 north to Lake Okeechobee (South Bay and Clewiston) and south to Homestead via Florida 997. U.S. 27 itself angles southeast into metropolitan Miami, terminating at U.S. 1/Biscayne Boulevard in the shadow of the Interstate 195/Interstate 95 interchange. U.S. 27 is a major route through Florida, connecting Miami, Orlando, Ocala, and Tallahassee together under one route. In fact, Florida's Turnpike was designed to take most of the through U.S. 27 traffic onto its route by providing a direct route between Miami and Ocala, except that it avoids Lake Okeechobee by passing through the vicinity of Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Orlando. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Another sign advises that Interstate 75/Port Everglades Expressway will become the tolled Everglades Parkway/Alligator Alley in two and a half miles, immediately after the U.S. 27 interchange (Exit 23). U.S. 27 is the last exit before the toll. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound (westbound) Interstate 75/Port Everglades Expressway reaches Exit 23, Junction U.S. 27 north to South Bay and south to Hialeah and Miami (and Key West, via Florida 997). This is the last exit before Interstate 75 changes into a toll road, and it is the last exit with (somewhat closeby) services until Exit 49, Junction Broward County Route 833/Miccosukee Indian Reservation. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The interchange between Interstate 75 and U.S. 27 at Exit 23 is a stack interchange, with flyover ramps providing the connections between the two routes. At the top of the ramp, the left lane departs for southbound U.S. 27 and the right lane transitions to northbound U.S. 27. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Interstate 75 becomes part of the Alligator Alley after the U.S. 27 interchange (Exit 23), and this photo shows the Interstate 75/Alligator Alley sign, followed by the toll booth. Alligator Alley is currently the only toll road within Florida's toll road system that is part of the Interstate Highway System (toll bridges are another matter - Interstate 275/Sunshine Skyway is a toll bridge that is within the Interstate Highway System). From here, there are no exits from the Alligator Alley until Exit 49, although there are several recreational access points into the Everglades and a rest area with facilities about ten miles west of here. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After several boat launches and one rest area, northbound (westbound) Interstate 75 approaches its first full interchange at Exit 49, Junction Broward County Route 833/Miccosukee Indian Reservation. The county route designation is omitted from the advance signs in favor of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, which is located northwest of Exit 49 in Hendry County. Broward County Route 833 heads due north through the Miccosukee Indian Reservation, then turns west into Hendry County to serve the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. From there, Hendry County Route 833 connects with Hendry County Route 846 (which heads west to Immokalee and Naples) and ultimately Florida 80 east of La Belle and west of Clewiston. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The Indians are fortunate to have this interchange from the freeway (Exit 49, Junction Broward County Route 833/Miccosukee Indian Reservation/Big Cypress Indian Reservation), since they can provide motorist services such as gas and food without any competition for miles around. Although it would be nice to think that Exit 49 is the midpoint of the Alligator Alley, it is not. Interstate 75 has yet to cross into Collier County, which has two-thirds of the total route of the Alley. In addition, almost the entire Alligator Alley route in Collier County runs through the Big Cypress National Preserve, which means there are no services, not even at Florida 29 (Exit 80). The next services are at Exit 101, Junction Florida 84/Collier County Route 951, a distance of 51 miles. It is 26 miles back to U.S. 27 (Exit 23). Photo taken 12/28/03.

Page Updated January 7, 2005.