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Project History

Project Summary 

This project (also known as Section 5) is the final and largest section of the 12-part Palmetto Expressway (S.R. 826) Improvement Program, which consists of major construction along a 16-mile corridor.

The S.R. 826 and S.R. 836 Interchange, used by over 430,000 motorists daily, will be reconstructed to enhance safety and reduce congestion for motorists using the Interchange. Click here to view the project fact sheet.

History of the Improvement Program

S.R. 826 was originally constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a four-lane divided expressway with 12-foot travel lanes, unpaved shoulders, and a 40-foot unpaved median. During the mid-1970s, various sections of the 16-mile corridor were expanded to six lanes, and a paved median was added.

Traffic continued to increase dramatically along the corridor during the early 1980s, and traffic projection for the year 2010 indicated that the existing expressway would operate at a Level of Service “F”. FDOT determined that public safety, emergency services and overall traffic operations would be significantly impacted if roadway improvements were not undertaken in this vital section of the Florida Intrastate Highway System. In order to minimize impacts to the motoring public, local residents and businesses, FDOT divided the 16-mile corridor into 12 separate segments and developed construction plans for each of these segments.

Proposed Improvement Program

The Palmetto Expressway Improvement Program consists of major improvements to the existing corridor extending from S.R. 5/US 1 in south Miami-Dade County to just north of N.W. 154 Street in northern Miami-Dade County. Improvements were proposed at each of the interchanges along the corridor to improve safety 
and traffic flow.

The Palmetto Expressway Improvement Program consists of major improvements to the existing corridor extending from S.R. 5/US 1 in south Miami-Dade County to just north of N.W. 154 Street in northern Miami-Dade County. Improvements were proposed at each of the interchanges along the corridor to improve safety and traffic flow. Click here for image of the Palmetto Improvement Program.

These projects include adding one additional travel lane in each direction including widening and/or replacing bridges along the corridor, increasing the shoulder widths, reconfiguring entrance and exit ramps at all interchanges, improving traffic flow and safety on the surface roads connecting to the expressway, and improved drainage, signalization, lighting and signage.

Project Status 

The project status for each of the 12 sections is listed below. Additionally, improvements to the Palmetto Expressway northbound ramp to I-75 were completed as part of the Program.

Section Project Status
1 Palmetto Expressway & US1, Sunset Drive & North Kendall Drive Interchanges
(FIN No.: 2495071-52-01)
Construction completed in 1999
2 Palmetto Expressway & SW 40 Street/Bird Road
(FIN No: 2490351-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2012
3 Palmetto Expressway & SW 24 Street/Coral Way
(FIN No.: 249648-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2008
4 Palmetto Expressway & SW 8 Street/Tamiami Trail
(FIN No.: 249649-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2008
5 Palmetto Expressway & Dolphin Expressway (S.R. 836) Interchange
(FIN No.: 249581-1-52-01)
This project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
6 Palmetto Expressway & NW 25 Street Interchange
(FIN No.: 249112-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2002
7 Palmetto Expressway & NW 36 Street Interchange 
(FIN No.: 249650-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2006
8 Palmetto Expressway & NW 58 Street Interchange
(FIN No.: 249651-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2001
9 Palmetto Expressway & NW 74 Street Interchange
(FIN No.: 249652-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2007
10 Palmetto Expressway & Okeechobee Road Interchange
(FIN No.: 249653-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2007
11 Palmetto Expressway & NW 103 Street Interchange
(FIN No.: 249113-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2002
12 Palmetto Expressway & NW 122 Street, 138 Street and 154 Street Interchanges
(FIN No.: 249427-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2004
  Palmetto Expressway northbound ramp to I-75
(FIN No.: 410161-1-52-01)
Construction completed in 2004

Contact Us

Rebuilding the 826-836 Interchange
Florida Department of Transportation

Toll Free- 1-866-513-7623

Oscar Gonzalez, Public Information Specialist

Phone: (786) 280-0983|E-mail: ogonzalez@mrgmiami.com

Kathy McLendon, FDOT Construction Public Information Project Manager

Phone: (305) 640-7437|E-mail: kathy.mclendon@dot.state.fl.us

Maribel Lena, District Public Information Officer

Phone: (305) 470-5349|E-mail: maribel.lena@dot.state.fl.us