Florida State Road 959

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State Road 959 marker

State Road 959
West 57th Avenue / Red Road
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 5.381 mi[1] (8.660 km)
Existed: 1980 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 1 in South Miami-Coral Gables
North end: SR 836 at Miami International Airport
Highway system
SR 953 SR 960

State Road 959 (SR 959), known locally as West 57th Avenue and Red Road, is a 5.381-mile-long (8.660 km) north-south Florida state highway located in south Miami-Dade County west of Downtown Miami. It runs from U.S. 1 at the south end at the South Miami-Coral Gables border to Perimeter Road just south of the runway of the Miami International Airport at its north end.

Route description[edit]

State Road 959 begins at the intersection with Red Road and US 1 (South Dixie Highway), with SR 959 heading north, going through the southwestern end of the University of Miami campus, and then through residential areas, as it acts as the dividing line between Coral Gables to its east and South Miami and patches of unincorporated Miami-Dade County to the west between US 1 and SR 976 (Bird Road).[2] North of Bird Road, Red Road continues through the residential sections of Coral Gables, and enters the residential areas of West Miami, crossing US 41 (Tamiami Trail). SR 959 then enters Miami, intersecting SR 968 (Flagler Street). North of NW 5th Street, Red Road becomes more commercial as it approaches the airport area, with a major shopping center and hotel at the intersection with NW 7th Street. SR 959 then crosses a canal and has an interchange with the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836), with the road terminating just north of the interchange at an dead end intersection with North 12th Street/Perimeter Road, just south of the Miami International Airport runway.[3]

History[edit]

This section of Red Road received its FDOT of SR 959 designation in 1980. Its original configuration was 2.7 miles (4.3 km) longer as it stretched southward to the intersection of Red Road and Southwest 111th Street (Killian Drive), where it met the eastern end of SR 990 just outside the parking lot of the original Parrot Jungle, a major tourist attraction. Between 1995 and 2001, FDOT truncated several State Roads in Miami-Dade County, and both SR 959 and SR 990 were cut back to terminate at US 1.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Miami-Dade County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Coral GablesSouth Miami line 0.000 0.000 US 1 (South Dixie Highway / SR 5) no left turn from either direction of SR 959
Coral Gables 1.821 2.931 SR 976 (Southwest 40th Street / Bird Road)
2.807 4.517 Coral Way / Southwest 24th Street
Coral GablesWest Miami line 3.855 6.204 US 41 (Southwest 8th Street / Tamiami Trail / SR 90)
Miami 4.353 7.005 SR 968 (Flagler Street)
5.27 8.48 SR 836 to I-95 / SR 826 / Turnpike Extension – Airport no access from SR 959 south to SR 836 east or SR 836 west to SR 959 north
5.381 8.660 Perimeter Road Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., accessed March 2014
  2. ^ City of South Miami Map
  3. ^ Map of State Road 959 (Map). MapQuest, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-22.