There are several major highways in South Florida that can cut some time off your trip, provided you time your travels correctly and know where you’re going. The major highways in our area include:
Interstate 95 is a major highway running from Maine to Miami, where it terminates just south of downtown and feeds into US 1. Locally, many people use I-95 to travel between Miami and Broward County, so you’ll find heavy traffic in both directions during commuting hours. Special 95 Express Lanes are available for those willing to pay a toll to shorten their commute.
Airport Expressway (SR 112) runs from I-95 to Miami International Airport and is one of the more pleasant roads in our expressway system. It provides a direct route to the airport. There’s a $1.25 toll, but you can get a discount and breeze through the tollbooth with a SunPass.
Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) runs from Kendall to North Miami Beach. I’m not going to pull any punches here: this road is horrible. You’ll find bumper-to-bumper traffic here almost any time that the sun is up and even after dark on many days. It’s a convenient route, but slow as molasses. At least it’s free.
Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) is another unpleasant road, running from downtown Miami past Miami International Airport to Sweetwater, connecting with the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike . There are tolls on this road and a SunPass is required to travel on the westernmost portion.
Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821) provides a half-beltway for Miami. It runs from Broward County through most of Miami Dade County in an arc through Miramar, Hialeah, Kendall and Homestead, before ending in Florida City. It’s a major commuting road and the primary highway for those seeking access to the Everglades and Florida Keys. There are tolls on this road but be forewarned that cash is not accepted. Turnpike drivers must have a SunPass automated toll device.
Don Shula Expressway (SR 874) is a less-travelled expressway connecting the Palmetto (SR 826) to the Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821). It carries a $1.25 toll.
Snapper Creek Expressway (SR 878) is a short expressway connecting the Don Shula Expressway (SR 874) to US 1. There is no toll on this road.