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U.S. Highway 1 Northbound - Monroe County to Georgia

U.S. 1 North
Shortly after entering Miami-Dade County, U.S. 1 crosses the short Glades Canal draw bridge. The U.S. 1 causeway continues northward toward Florida City and Homestead. Passing lanes provide select opportunities to pass slower moving vehicles such as RV's on the stretch before the overall four-laning at Card Sound Road. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Approaching the merge with Card Sound Road (eventual Monroe County 905A). During major hurricane evacuation situations, residents of Monroe County are directed northward to Hurricane Evacuation Centers in southern Miami-Dade County. Drivers are advised to follow hurricane evacuation signs to Florida's Turnpike and points north. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Northbound U.S. 1 approaches Florida 997/Krome Avenue. Florida 997 acts as a bypass of the entire metropolitan Miami area, skirting the western fringes of development. It passes through the agricultural sugar cane areas north of Homestead, then passes through the eastern edge of the Everglades before reaching U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail and ultimately U.S. 27. Historically, Florida 997 was known as Florida 27, but confusion between U.S. 27 and Florida 27 resulted in a new designation. Photos taken 12/28/03 & 03/25/06.
Use Florida 997/Krome Avenue to reach downtown Florida City and Homestead. U.S. 1 bypasses the downtown areas, but does pass through commercial strip malls and related development between here and the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. Photos taken 12/28/03 & 03/25/06.
This reassurance shield for U.S. 1 north is located immediately after the Florida 997 intersection in the vicinity of Florida City. U.S. 1 and Florida 997 run parallel to each other for a distance, and Florida 9336 connects the two routes. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Continuing north, U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) passes underneath the Florida Keys sport fishing gateway variable message sign. Photo taken 05/07/06.
After the Florida 997, the next major intersection is with Florida 9336/Palm Drive/SW 344th Street. The route shield for Florida 9336 is omitted from this sign. Florida 9336/Palm Drive/SW 344th Street are all the same road, and it travels east-west through Florida City. Photo taken 05/07/06.

Florida 9336 follows Palm Drive/SW 344th Street west through Florida City, turns south along SW 192nd Avenue, then southwest along Ingraham Highway en route to Everglades National Park. Florida 9336 is the only signed four-digit state route, although there are plenty of signed four digit county routes. The other four digit state routes (all of which are unsigned) include Florida 4081 (the official number given to the right-of-way that Florida 408 used to use at its old west end, when it ended at Florida 50 west of Florida 435 in Orange County), Florida 5054 (east/west route in Melbourne in Brevard County), and Florida 5098 (old, unsigned portion of former Florida 15 in downtown Orlando). Photo taken 12/28/03.
After the Florida 9336/Palm Drive/SW 344th Street intersection, U.S. 1 immediately prepares to meet the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (sometimes referred to as HEFT). As for Florida 9336, it extends only to the west from this intersection, en route to Everglades National Park in southern Miami-Dade County and northern Monroe County. To the right, Palm Drive/SW 344th Street head east as a local street, connecting to the Florida Keys Factory Shops and ultimately Biscayne National Park. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After the signalized intersection with Florida 9336/Palm Drive/SW 344th Street, U.S. 1 north approaches its intersection with Florida 821/Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. For through traffic to Miami and points north, it is recommended to use the turnpike rather than U.S. 1 due to traffic congestion and several traffic signals along the way. Photo taken 05/07/06.
This diagrammatical overhead sign advises motorists that the left two lanes continue north along U.S. 1, while the right two lanes exit onto Florida 821/Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. The Homestead Extension name is not identified on any of the signs, and the hidden Florida 821 designation is not acknowledged. In fact, exit numbering for the turnpike begins here with Milepost Zero, and the turnpike continues north all the way to Milepost 309, where the turnpike currently terminates at Interstate 75/Florida 93. Between here and the Golden Glades Interchange, the turnpike is secret Florida 821. North of Golden Glades Interchange, the turnpike is known as hidden Florida 91. Photo taken 12/28/03.
This area was devastated by 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which decimated and flattened much of Homestead, and 2004 was a banner year for hurricanes invading the state Florida from nearly every direction (four hurricanes -- Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne -- all made landfall in Florida; for more, visit Florida State University Explores the 2004 Hurricane Season). Hardly any section of the state was spared in 2004 from some form of hurricane damages. As a result of the late summer/early autumn pounding of the state from hurricanes, evacuation signs are posted to assist residents and visitors in reaching safe locations during hurricanes. Since much of the populated portion of Monroe County consists of the Florida Keys, there are not many safe shelters there. This sign advises evacuating motorists from the Florida Keys to use the turnpike northbound to reach their designated shelter. Photo taken 03/25/06.
Northbound U.S. 1 reaches the exit onto the northbound Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike/hidden Florida 821. Use Florida 821 north to Florida 874 north to Florida 826 north to Florida 836 east to reach Miami International Airport, downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and Interstate 95. Use Florida 821 north to reach Interstate 75. Use Florida 821 north to the Golden Glades interchange to reach Interstate 95 north to Fort Lauderdale and beyond. Photo taken 03/25/06.
A single trailblazer for the turnpike acts as the gore point signage for northbound Florida 821/Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Now in the city of South Miami, U.S. 1 was designated as "South Miami All-American Parkway" by the Florida Legislature in 2003. This sign is located along northbound as U.S. 1 approaches SW 62nd Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
This U.S. 1 north reassurance shield is located in the city of South Miami just prior to the SW 62nd Avenue intersection. Note the use of concrete power poles; this is the standard construction for much of the electricity transmission and distribution in South Florida. Photo taken 12/28/03.
U.S. 1 acts as the boundary between unincorporated Miami-Dade County and Pinecrest between SW 136th Street near Howard and Snapper Creek Canal. Here, U.S. 1 northbound reaches Florida 990, which follows SW 112th Street (Killian Drive) west to near the Florida's Turnpike. There is no direct connection to Florida's Turnpike via Florida 990, however (use Florida 94 instead). Photo taken 12/28/03.
This odd font for the state shield appears on both Florida 986 and Florida 959 (see below). Florida 986 extends west from U.S. 1 along Sunset Drive/SW 72nd Street for 6.788 miles, culminating somewhere between the community of Sunset (near where Sunset Drive passes but does not interchange with Florida 821/Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike) and Miami National Golf Course. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Closer to this intersection, use Florida 986 west to reach the South Miami City Hall and Civic Center, just a few blocks west of here. To reach South Miami Hospital, use Florida 986 west to SW 62nd Avenue south. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After the intersection with Florida 986/Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street), U.S. 1 passes by the Sunset Place Mall to right (southeast) in South Miami. Coral Gables and the University of Miami lie ahead on U.S. 1 northbound. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The Sunset Place Mall is massive, and it even features an IMAX Theatre. The next major intersection along northeastbound U.S. 1 is east-west SW 70th Street followed by north-south Florida 959/Red Road, which forms the border between South Miami and Coral Gables. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Just prior to the Florida 959/Red Road traffic signal is this traffic signal for SW 70th Street. Don't be fooled into turning left here for Florida 959/Red Road/SW 57th Avenue; that intersection is the next traffic signal. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1/Dixie Highway reaches Florida 959/Red Road/SW 57th Avenue. Florida 959 extends north along Red Road/SW 57th Avenue for 5.323 miles, terminating at Florida 836/Dolphin Expressway just south of the Miami International Airport. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1 retains its parkway-like setting, including lush medians and right of way foliage, after it passes Grenada Boulevard. The highway is still six lanes wide through this area. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1 approaches Ponce de Leon Boulevard and SW 39th Avenue as U.S. 1 prepares to depart from Coral Gables. Ponce de Leon Boulevard is an unusual street in that it begins at its intersection with Florida 959/Red Road, angles northeast parallel to U.S. 1/Dixie Highway, then turns due north at this point, running parallel to the Coral Gables-Miami city limits. Ponce de Leon Boulevard reaches the northeastern corner of Coral Gables before ending at SW 37th Avenue near Flagler Street (Florida 968). Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1/South Dixie Highway approaches Florida 9/Unity Avenue/SW 27th Avenue near the Coconut Grove community of southwestern Miami. Some maps show Florida 9 extending south from this intersection, culminating at Bayshore Drive, but it is not signed as such here. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The importance of Florida 9 is belied by this seemingly innocuous intersection. For the most part, Florida 9 is the secret state route designation for Interstate 95 throughout Florida, except here in the Miami area, where Florida 9 is a separate roadway along Unity Avenue. Florida 9 will merge into Interstate 95 at the Golden Glades interchange (which is where several routes, including Florida 826/Palmetto Expressway, Florida 91/Florida's Turnpike, Interstate 95, and U.S. 441/Florida 7 all meet in one massive interchange). South of the Golden Glades interchange, Interstate 95 becomes Florida 9A south to U.S. 1 south of downtown Miami. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1/Dixie Highway approaches SW 17th Avenue, a through street that heads north into the Little Havana community of Miami west of downtown at the intersection with U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail/7th Street-8th Street couplet. 17th Avenue continues north over the Miami River to reach the community of Allapatlah in northwest Miami. Photo taken 12/28/03.
U.S. 1/Dixie Highway approaches the southern terminus of Interstate 95, the main street of the East Coast. The first signage for northbound Interstate 95 is here at the Florida 933/SW 16th Avenue/SW 3rd Avenue intersection. Interstate 95 begins somewhat humbly at U.S. 1 as a four-lane elevated viaduct, and it quickly gathers strength to become eight lanes north of Florida 913/Rickenbacker Causeway (Exit 1B). From there Interstate 95 bypasses downtown Miami and provides a high speed connection to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and points north along Florida's Atlantic Coast. Access to Interstate 75/Alligator Alley/Everglades Parkway northbound (westbound) to Naples is achieved via Interstate 595/Port Everglades Freeway westbound. Photo taken 12/28/03.
A tree-lined parkway carries U.S. 1/Dixie Highway northeast after the Florida 933/SW 16th Street intersection. Interstate 95 lies just ahead after passing the Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The skyline of downtown Miami, along with a Metrorail station, comes into view along northbound U.S. 1 as it approaches the off-ramp for Interstate 95. Use the two left lanes to reach northbound Interstate 95; the two right lanes "exit" to continue north along U.S. 1/Brickell Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1/Dixie Highway reaches the split with Interstate 95. From here, U.S. 1/Florida 5 will turn east to connect with Brickell Street, passing under Florida 913/Rickenbacker Causeway at Alice C. Wainwright Park. Interstate 95/Florida 9A is a multi-lane freeway that bypasses the downtown area and continues north toward Broward County. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Now north of downtown, U.S. 1/Biscayne Boulevard approaches the interchange with Interstate 395 west to Interstate 95 and Florida A1A north to Miami Beach. Note that Interstate 395 is not mentioned on these signs, and it is instead treated as a glorified connecting ramp between U.S. 1 and Interstate 95 and Florida 836/Dolphin Expressway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida A1A resumes for the first time since leaving Key West. The highway departs U.S. 1/Biscayne Boulevard northbound at this exit ramp, which carries Florida A1A onto the Interstate 395 freeway. The freeway ends, and Florida A1A takes the MacArthur Causeway east into Miami Beach. This is the old route of U.S. 41, but U.S. 41 was removed from the highway in 1999. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound U.S. 1/Florida 5 reaches the off ramp for Florida A1A/MacArthur Causeway north (east) to Miami Beach. The blue bridge in the background carries Interstate 395 eastbound traffic onto Florida A1A northbound. Photo taken 12/28/03.
After the Florida A1A exit, U.S. 1 north reaches a left turn onto westbound Interstate 395 (unsigned), which connects to Interstate 95 and Florida 836/Dolphin Expressway west to Miami International Airport. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Now in Broward County, northbound U.S. 1 reaches its junction with Interstate 595 westbound. The right two lanes depart from U.S. 1 to form the nascent freeway, while the left lane continues north into Fort Lauderdale. This interchange marks the eastern terminus of Interstate 595. Photo taken 1/06/01.
Florida 736 is an east-west state road that follows Davie Boulevard between Davie and Fort Lauderdale. Here, northbound U.S. 1 approaches Florida 736 in Fort Lauderdale. Photo taken 12/28/03.
In Fort Lauderdale, U.S. 1 passes under the New River via the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel. Completed in December 1960, the Kinney Tunnel is the only underground tunnel in Florida, and it replaced the Federal Aid Highway Bridge (which was in use from 1926 until 1958) over the New River. The tunnel was named for Henry E. Kinney in 1986; Mr. Kinney was a supporter of the tunnel and championed the cause for constructing it while he was Chief of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Edition for the Miami Herald. Photos taken 12/28/03.

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