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Florida State Road 973

 

Florida State Road 973

State Road 973
West 87th Avenue
Galloway Road
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South end: Biscayne National Park near Black Point Marina in Miami
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Galloway Road, also known as West 87th Avenue, is a north-south route through the western areas of suburban Miami-Dade County, Florida, from the Black Point area south of Cutler Bay almost to the Broward County line north of Miami Lakes. It exists in seven different unconnected segments that total 27.5 miles (44.3 km) in length,[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] acting as connecting roads, neighborhood streets, and arterial routes. Approximately 9.5 miles (15.3 km) of Galloway Road, between Pinecrest and Doral, is designated as State Road 973.[1]

Route description

Southern sections

Galloway Road, or locally Southwest 87th Avenue (south of Flagler Street), begins at a dead-end across the Black Creek Canal from the Black Point Marina, next to Biscayne National Park, just over a mile south of the town of Cutler Bay in unincorporated Miami-Dade county.[9][10] After following the canal northwest as a two-laned road for about half a mile, Southwest 87th Avenue turns north and takes on this alignment until the northern reaches of Kendall.[11] As it continues north through undeveloped mangrove forest, Galloway Road parallels a drainage canal to its left, with both the road and canal crossing into Cutler Bay at Southwest 232nd Street. Galloway Road reaches suburbia by Southwest 216th Street, still with the canal beside it as it travels north, passing by schools, gated condominium communities and the backs of residential neighborhoods. A small leftwards chicane on Southwest 87th Avenue marks the northern end of the canal, with the road soon crossing Old Cutler Road and entering older residential neighborhoods on the other side. Although houses now have frontage onto Galloway Road, the road retains an open feel as it passes by retirement communities and a nature preserve. More houses line Galloway Road as it continues north, crossing into the village of Palmetto Bay at Eureka Drive (Southwest 184th Street).[12] The village retains the same residential character as Galloway Road continues north to a roundabout at Richmond Drive (Southwest 168th Street). North of here, Galloway Road continues for one block where its southern-most section terminates at a T-intersection, with the bulk of traffic encouraged to turn left and travel westward along Southwest 164th Street.[2]

On the other side of Canal C-100 from the previous T-intersection, Galloway Road/Southwest 87th Avenue resumes at Southwest 163rd Terrace on the same alignment as a two-laned residential road. As it nears Southwest 144th Street, Galloway Road passes a medical centre and then, as it continues north, it becomes a residential street, losing its centre-line markings. It becomes little more than a laneway north of Southwest 141st Street, providing rear access to a condominium community, and terminates at another canal.[3]

Southwest 87th Avenue resumes on the same alignment as a two-laned street approximately 700 yards (640 m) to the north in south-eastern Kendall,[13] on the other side of a shopping mall from the South Dixie Highway (US 1) and the South Miami-Dade Busway at Southwest 134th Street, travelling two blocks north to Southwest 132nd Street where it gains the State Road 973 designation.[4]

State Road 973 section

For the most part, State Road 973 follows Galloway Road/Southwest 87th Avenue north from the south-western end of the Pinecrest–Kendall boundary[13] to the State Road's terminus in Doral;[14] however, as Galloway Road has no direct access to US 1, SR 973 begins at the intersection of US 1 and Southwest 132nd Street and travels northwest 190 yards (170 m) to Galloway Road, crossing the Busway in the process.[1][15] Here, properly now in Kendall,[13] the four-laned State Road becomes divided by a median turn lane as it turns north at the intersection and travels past light industry, dropping back to a two-laned road on the northern side of Southwest 128th Street where it enters residential neighborhoods. After crossing Southwest 112th Avenue (SR 990) a mile (1.6 km) later, SR 973 continues north past more houses for another 1.2 miles (1.9 km) until it crosses Southwest 94th Avenue, where it passes by a mixture of condominiums and medical service buildings near the Baptist Hospital of Miami. In this neighborhood, Galloway Road chicanes to the right and immediately meets Kendall Drive (SR 94), expanding to a four-laned divided road and taking on its ultimate alignment.

North of SR 94, Galloway Road passes by more houses and crosses the Snapper Creek Canal, leaving Kendall and forming the boundary between Sunset and Glenvar Heights, which lie to the west and east of SR 973 respectively.[16] A few blocks of houses later, Galloway Road interchanges with the overhead Snapper Creek Expressway (SR 878). SR 973 continues for another half-mile (0.8 km) north past a mixture of commercial and residential uses, intersects with Sunset Drive (SR 986), then continues through more of the same for another 0.35 miles (0.56 km) until it passes under the Don Shula Expressway, crossing a CSX railroad between the two flyover bridges. There is no interchange between SR 973 and the expressway.

To the north of the expressway, Galloway Road forms the boundary between Sunset and Olympia Heights[17] as it passes housing on its right and a string of Miami-Dade County facilities on its left, including a water treatment plant, cemetery and emergency services. As it crosses Southwest 56th Street, SR 973 properly enters Olympia Heights[17] and resumes its residential feel. 1.1 miles (1.8 km) later, Galloway Road intersects Bird Road (SR 976) amidst shopping malls and crosses into Westchester.[17] Between Southwest 32nd and 28th Streets, SR 973 passes two Roman Catholic high schools and a seminary; it then intersects Coral Way (Southwest 24th Street) a few blocks later again amidst shopping malls. The pattern repeats one mile (1.6 km) later at SR 973's intersection with the Tamiami Trail (US 41). Here, Galloway Road enters Fountainbleau,[14] immediately crosses the Tamiami Canal and continues for another half-mile (0.8 km) past condominiums to intersect Flagler Street and the western terminus of SR 968. North of baseline Flagler Street, Galloway Road is designated Northwest 87th Avenue. Past Flagler, SR 973 expands to six lanes and continues past more condominium complexes for another 0.7 miles (1.1 km), whereupon it reaches the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836). Passing under it and entering the city of Doral,[14] SR 973 terminates a mere 0.2 miles (0.32 km) past the expressway at Northwest 12th Street; however, Galloway Road/Northwest 87th Avenue continues north, picking up the County Road 973 designation for its next 1.83 miles (2.95 km).[1][11][15][18]

Northern sections

Beyond Northwest 12th Street, Galloway Road crosses a CSX branch railroad line and then travels through a large business precinct punctuated by big-box retail, restaurants and office buildings until it reaches Doral Boulevard, where the CR 973 designation ends.[1] Past here, Galloway Road narrows to four lanes before passing the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Opposite the resort, the neighborhood becomes increasingly industrial as Northwest 87th Avenue continues north, crossing to both sides of the road beyond Northwest 58th Street. Here, Galloway Road leaves Doral and enters unincorporated Miami-Dade County with no designated communities,[19] and loses its central divider. Soon, Galloway Road passes the former Northwest 58th Street Landfill[20] to its left with more industrial buildings to its right until the road reaches Northwest 74th Street. North of here, Northwest 87th Avenue quickly drops to a dirt access road for a construction company, becoming private soon afterwards.[4]

Northwest 87th Avenue resumes north of the private property in Medley[19] as a paved industrial side-street between Northwest 90th and 93rd Streets, whereupon it terminates once more.[5] A second section, little more than an industrial laneway, starts across the nearby Florida East Coast Railway tracks and travels north for a few blocks, terminating at the Miami Canal.[6]

The road then resumes at the frontage road for Okeechobee Road (US 27) across the canal in Hialeah Gardens,[21] between its city hall and a Brothers to the Rescue memorial. After crossing SR 932 at an oblique junction, becoming four lanes wide and then crossing a canal, the road forms the boundary between Hialeah Gardens to the west and Hialeah to the east,[21] gaining the additional moniker of West 28th Avenue for its duration through the city. Following a canal north on its left side with condominiums and a shopping mall to its right, the road enters Hialeah proper at West 68th Street (Northwest 122nd Street). West 28th Avenue, still with the canal to its west, passes by tightly-packed single-storey houses, then some shops before leaving Hialeah over Interstate 75, just west of its terminus, and entering the town of Miami Lakes.[21] Northwest 87th Avenue passes by residential neighborhoods before terminating at Miami Lakes Drive/Northwest 154th Street.[7]

The northern-most section of Northwest 87th Avenue begins as a laneway just to the south of Northwest 164th Street, still in Miami Lakes,[22] across an undeveloped field from the next southerly segment of the road. As it passes Northwest 164th Street, the road expands to a divided four-laned road; however, the southbound carriageway of Northwest 87th Avenue is closed to traffic and is not present north of Northwest 166th Terrace, rendering the road as a two-laned residential street. The road leaves Miami Lakes at Northwest 170th Street and, still as a residential street, it forms the western boundary of Palm Springs North.[22] It passes by the backs of residential neighborhoods until reaching Miami Gardens Drive (SR 860) a mile (1.6 km) later, and expands to four lanes once more as it passes between two shopping malls, re-entering unincorporated Miami-Dade County.[22] After passing by more residential neighborhoods, Northwest 87th Avenue reaches its northern terminus at an incomplete T-junction with Northwest 197th Terrace, traffic being guided around eastwards into that road.[8]

History

While it appears that SR 973 is primarily a bypass of the heavily-congested Palmetto Expressway, much of Galloway Road actually predates it, having been laid (but not necessarily paved) in the 1940s and 1950s. Galloway Road was part of a collection of Dade (now Miami-Dade) County streets that the Florida Department of Transportation added to its maintenance list in 1980: it was originally assigned the State Road 915 designation, but in 1983, the number was changed to SR 973 as part of a statewide renumbering.

In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration reported that the road was "unsafe" for travel and had recently caused multiple deaths from accidents on State Road 973.

Major junctions

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