Florida State Road 823

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State Road 823 marker

State Road 823
Red Road
Flamingo Road
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 20.210 mi[1] (32.525 km)
Existed: 1945 renumbering – present
Major junctions
South end: US 27 in Hialeah
  SR 826 in Miami Lakes
Turnpike Extension in Miramar
North end: I‑595 / SR 84 in Davie
Location
Counties: Miami-Dade, Broward
Highway system
SR 822 SR 824

State Road 823 (SR 823) is a 20.2 miles (32.5 km)-long[2][3][4][5][6] state highway in southeastern Florida, United States, running from US 27 (SR 25) in Hialeah (across the Miami Canal from Miami Springs) north to Interstate 595 (SR 862) and SR 84 in Davie (across the New River Canal from Plantation). The section in Miami-Dade County, through Hialeah and Miami Lakes, is known as Red Road (West Fourth Avenue in Hialeah's street grid and West 57th Avenue in the countywide grid). After crossing into Miramar, in Broward County, it turns northwest and merges into Flamingo Road, which takes it north through Pembroke Pines and Cooper City into Davie.

South of a gap at the Miami International Airport, Red Road is SR 959.

Route description[edit]

State Road 823 begins at the northside of the Miami Canal at Okeechobee Road (US 27), being the northern segment of Red Road, running through the city of Hialeah as their West 4th Avenue, with intersections with State Road 934 and State Road 932. It has an interchange with State Road 924, and exits Hialeah at the intersection with State Road 916 West 84th Street (Hialeah grid) or North 135th Street (Miami-Dade County grid) and again becomes Northwest 57th Avenue at the southwest end of the Opa-locka Airport.

It continues north dividing the incorporated town of Miami Lakes to the west from Opa-locka Airport and the city of Miami Gardens to the east until it crosses the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) where it continues to run north through unincorporated Miami-Dade County, with an intersection with State Road 860 in that stretch.

North of North 202nd Street (Honey Hill Drive) it divides Broward County and the city of Miramar to the west with unincorporated Miami-Dade County to the east, until it fully enters Broward County and Miramar just south of the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (State Road 821).[7]

It continues north into Broward County and Miramar for a short distance, curving northwest starting at the intersection with Miramar Parkway, and merges onto Flamingo Road, where State Road 823 continues north, with intersections with State Road 820, State Road 848 and State Road 818 before reaching its northern terminus of Interstate 595.

Flamingo Road north of SR 823[edit]

A northward continuation of Flamingo Road beyond I-595 (the end of SR 823) provides access to Sawgrass Mills, one of the largest enclosed shopping centers in the United States, and the BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League team. This extension has the hidden designation of County Road 823.[8] The northern terminus of Flamingo Road is at an intersection with Oakland Park Boulevard, itself an extension of SR 816, and the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869), 3.69 miles (5.94 km) north of I-595.

History[edit]

State Road 368 was defined by state law in 1937. This route ran along Red Road (present SR 823) from pre-1945 SR 26 (now US 27) in Hialeah north to Opa Locka Road (Northwest 138th Street, currently SR 916). There it turned west until County Road 80, where it turned back south to SR 26.

The other section of present SR 823 was defined in 1939 as State Road 517, running along Flamingo Road from Pembroke Road north to a branch of pre-1945 SR 26 (now SR 84).

In the 1945 renumbering, all but the southernmost mile of SR 517 became State Road 823 (giving it a southern terminus of SR 820). At some point, it was extended south to Snake Creek Canal and Northwest 202nd Street, just south of the Dade (now Miami-Dade) County boundary.

The other piece, partly former SR 368, was designated State Road 819 (SR 819) in the 1945 renumbering. This ran from SR 25 (now US 27) north to Golden Glades Drive (Northwest 167th Street, which later became part SR 826 before construction of the Palmetto Expressway), using former SR 368 south of Northwest 138th Street. The rest of SR 368 was not assigned a number, but part of it is now SR 916. This was extended north to SR 860 (Northwest 183rd Street) at some point; SR 819 was redesignated State Road 955 (SR 955) in 1983 as part of a statewide reorganization of State Roads.

Around 1992, the diagonal connection between Red Road and Flamingo Road was built, allowing SR 823 to extend south over that connection, first ending at SR 860, then taking over SR 955 in the mid 1990s. The former piece of SR 823 on Flamingo Road to the county line was kept as an unsigned State Road (to be designated State Road 9823).

"The Most Dangerous Intersection in America"[edit]

In 2001, State Farm Insurance ranked the intersection of Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines, "The Most Dangerous Intersection in America". Using data from over a two-year period, the company found that 357 vehicular accidents happened during their study at the intersection, which is where C. B. Smith Park, Pembroke Lakes Mall, a hospital, and two shopping centers are located. This prompted the city to make drastic changes to the intersection, which included lengthening the turning lanes and adding red light cameras. The number of accidents have since dropped significantly at the intersection.[9]

State Road 9823[edit]

In the early 1980s, there was apparently a reconfiguration of SR 823 in the Miami-Lakes area, but sources from FDOT to Miami-Dade County Planning to various commercial road maps disagree (in fact, contemporaneous documents from FDOT disagree on whether such a realignment actually happened). The majority of the sources contend that by 1983, SR 823 was rerouted along Northwest 68th Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive (SR 860) before returning to Ludlam Road.

After the shifting of SR 823 to Red Road, some sources indicated that FDOT was maintaining an "unsigned State Road 9823" that was part of an earlier configuration of SR 823 that had since been orphaned. One FDOT document indicated that SR 9823 was the stretch of Flamingo Road from the Red Road connector to a point under the Florida's Turnpike underpass; another FDOT document indicated it extended to the Miami-Dade/Broward County line or the original southern terminus near Snake Creek Canal. Yet other FDOT documents don't even indicate it ever existed.

Miami-Dade County planning maps do not show any indication of the existence of SR 9823, except for one that indicated the segment from the Palmetto Expressway to Broward County via Ludlam Road (with a "side trip" along Northwest 68th Avenue and SR 860) was SR 9823. This is also indicated by a handful of commercially-prepared road maps (although a 2004 commercially prepared road map indicates SR 9823—as "County Road 9823"—is strictly Ludlam Road north of SR 826). Yet other sources do not indicate the existence of such a "hidden" State Road at all.

While there is a preponderance of evidence indicating SR 9823 having existed and taken the "Miami Lakes detour", this remains an open question.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Miami-Dade Hialeah 0.000 0.000 US 27 (Okeechobee Road / SR 25) Southern terminus
0.758 1.220 SR 934 (West 21st Street / Northwest 74th Street)
2.540 4.088 SR 932 (West 49th Street / Northwest 103rd Street) to SR 826
4.59 7.39 SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) to I‑75 / SR 826
Hialeah
Miami Lakes
4.754 7.651 SR 916 (Northwest 138th Street / Graham Dairy Road)
Miami Lakes 6.59 10.61 SR 826 to Turnpike – Airport interchange
Country Club 7.569 12.181 SR 860 (Northwest 183rd Street / Miami Gardens Drive)
8.780 14.130 Northwest 202nd Street / Honey Hill Drive (CR 854 east) - Stadium
Miami-Dade
Broward
Miramar 9.72 15.64 Turnpike Extension (SR 821) – Homestead, Orlando Turnpike exit 43
Broward 10.260 16.512 Miramar Parkway (CR 858)
11.697 18.824 Flamingo Road former SR 823 south; no left turn northbound
Miramar
Pembroke Pines
11.820 19.022 Pembroke Road To SR 824
Pembroke Pines 12.811 20.617 SR 820 (Pines Boulevard) to I‑75 Named "Most Dangerous Intersection in America" by State Farm Insurance in 2001[9]
Pembroke Pines
Cooper City / Southwest Ranches
14.317 23.041 Sheridan Street (CR 822)
Cooper City 15.325 24.663 Stirling Road (CR 848)
16.659 26.810 SR 818 east (Griffin Road) to I‑75
Davie 20.144–
20.210
32.419–
32.525
I‑595 (SR 862) / SR 84 to I‑75 / Flamingo Road (CR 823 north) – Fort Lauderdale I-595 exit 1B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (25 July 2012). Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory (SR 823, Miami Dade County) (Map). http://www2.dot.state.fl.us/straight-linesonline/ViewDocument.aspx/Open/74333. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (11 June 2008). Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory (SR 823, Broward County, Page 1) (Map). http://www2.dot.state.fl.us/straight-linesonline/ViewDocument.aspx/Open/101746. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (11 June 2008). Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory (SR 823, Broward County, Page 2) (Map). http://www2.dot.state.fl.us/straight-linesonline/ViewDocument.aspx/Open/39888. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (11 June 2008). Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory (SR 823, Broward County, Page 3) (Map). http://www2.dot.state.fl.us/straight-linesonline/ViewDocument.aspx/Open/101709. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (25 July 2011). Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory (Red Road) (Map). http://www2.dot.state.fl.us/straight-linesonline/ViewDocument.aspx/Open/36961. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ Miami Gardens Corporate Boundaries Map
  8. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (2008). General Highway Map of Broward County, Florida (Map). http://www.dot.state.fl.us/surveyingandmapping/geomap/brow_c.pdf. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b Borges, Vanessa (23 July 2012). "Is A Broward Intersection Still The Worst In The Nation?". WFOR-CBS Channel 4 Miami. Retrieved 18 March 2013.