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Florida State Road 989

 

Florida State Road 989

State Road 989 marker

State Road 989
Southwest 112th Avenue / Allapattah Road
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 3.032 mi[1] (4.880 km)
Existed: 1945 (as SR 909) – present
Major junctions
South end: Turnpike Extension in Princeton
North end: US 1 in Cutler Bay
Location
Counties: Miami-Dade
Highway system
SR 986 SR 990

Locally known as Allapattah Road and Southwest 112th Avenue, State Road 989 (SR 989) is a 3.0-mile-long (4.8 km)[2] north–south four lane undivided highway in southern Miami-Dade County, Florida between the Homestead Air Reserve Base and Cutler Bay. SR 989 begins at an interchange with the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike and ends at an intersection with the South Dixie Highway (US 1).

Contents

  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Major intersections 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Route description

SR 989 begins at a diamond interchange with the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT), on the southern edge of Princeton,[3] and proceeds north, maintaining this orientation for its entire course. Starting amongst farmland (as of March 2011),[4] SR 989 only travels one block north before reaching suburbia, and remains within residential neighbourhoods for most of its subsequent journey. After passing through Goulds north of Southwest 224th Street, SR 989 crosses Black Creek Canal and enters Cutler Bay,[5] a little over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of the interchange. Soon the road forms the western boundary of the Southland Mall, a major shopping mall formerly known as Cutler Ridge Mall. SR 989 and Allapattah Road end at the mall's northwestern corner, at an oblique intersection with the South Dixie Highway (US 1).[2][6]

South of the interchange, Southwest 112th Avenue continues south, remaining as a four-laned undivided highway as far as Moody Drive (Southwest 268th Street). It then turns into a two-laned farm access road and continues south to the Homestead Air Reserve Base, terminating near its northeastern corner. It resumes on the other side of the airfield on the same alignment and continues south from Southwest 301st Street to Southwest 320th Street amidst farmland, a distance of 1.3 miles (2.1 km), as a two-laned access road.[7]

History

Since its initial designation (as SR 909) in 1945, the configuration and importance of the State Road reflected the importance of Homestead Air Force Base. The original route extended southward to an intersection with Waldin Drive (South 280th Street) to provide an eastern entrance to the base housing area as the base was being reconstructed after being seriously damaged by a 1945 hurricane (the base was deeded over to Dade County for eight years; the United States Department of Defense resumed control of the base in 1953 and started to rebuild it).[8]

By the late 1960s, the State Road was realigned to Moody Drive to provide increased access to the base's two northern entrance gates as the increasing intensity of the Cold War and the rise to power of Fidel Castro in nearby Cuba amplified the importance of Homestead Air Force Base to the national security of the United States. The eastern gate was closed and removed. At some point between the realignment and the mid-1970s the road was redesignated SR 989 (the old number was subsequently applied to West Dixie Highway in North Miami in 1983).

Since Hurricane Andrew and subsequent closure of Homestead Air Force Base, SR 989 was truncated to the corner of Allapattah Road and Moody Drive (a handful of SR 989 signs remained on Moody Drive as late as 2002); afterwards, there was another truncation to the Turnpike.

In 1999, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners accepted a proposal for extending a four-lane Allapattah Road southward to intersect with an extended four-lane Biscayne Drive (South 288th Street), itself a former State Road. While the latter has since been resurfaced, there has been no further action on this matter as the developer of the area, Homestead Air Base Developers, Inc. (HABDI), was embroiled in a controversy that effectively killed the plan.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Miami-Dade County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Princeton 0.000 0.000 south end of state maintenance
0.09 0.14 Turnpike Extension (SR 821) Turnpike exit 9
Cutler Bay 3.032 4.880 US 1 (South Dixie Highway / SR 5) to Turnpike Extension
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ P.L. 94-171 County Block Map (2010 Census): Miami-Dade County, FL (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Geography Division.  
  4. ^ Google (March 18, 2013). "Street View of State Road 989/Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT) Interchange" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ P.L. 94-171 County Block Map (2010 Census): Miami-Dade County, FL (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Geography Division. U.S. Census Bureau. January 7, 2011. Sheet 111. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ District 6 (May 17, 2012). "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Google (March 18, 2013). "Map of SW 112th Avenue near Homestead Air Reserve Base" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Superfund Site Report: HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE". GoodGuide. 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
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