Driving in Miami can be an incredibly frustrating experience. Not only is our city the two-time winner of the Rudest Drivers in America contest, we’re also known for bumper-to-bumper traffic and confusing roads that can bewilder most. Below are some guidelines to understanding Miami’s roads.
Miami’s streets are laid out in a grid system, making it easy to get around once you understand a few basic rules:
• Miami’s streets are divided into four quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. The division between the North and South quadrants is Flagler Street and the division between the East and West quadrants is Miami Avenue.
• Courts, Roads, Avenues and Places all run from north to south. If you think about that for a minute, you’ll be able to come up with an easy acronym to help you remember that. Streets run from east to west.
• You can dissect a street address to help you figure out the cross-street. Simply remove the last two digits from the address and you’ll find out the corresponding cross-street. For example, consider the address 15416 SW 152nd Street. We know from the fact that it is a street that 152nd Street runs east-west. The first three digits of the house number, 154, tell us that the nearest north-south road is 154th Street. If you’re standing at the intersection of Flagler and Miami downtown, you’ll need to travel 152 blocks south and 154 blocks west to reach this address.
Now that you know the rules, it’s also important to know that there are exceptions. Some streets, such as Brickell Avenue and US 1/South Dixie Highway don’t follow the grid. So, you’ll need to consult a map to be sure. Also, some municipalities within Miami Dade County, such as Coral Gables, don’t follow the rules at all.