Florida State Road 817

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State Road 817 marker

State Road 817
University Drive
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 25.691 mi[1][2][3] (41.346 km)
Major junctions
South end: SR 9 in Opa-locka
  Turnpike Extension in Miramar
I-595 / SR 84 in Davie
North end: SR 834 in Coral Springs
Location
Counties: Miami-Dade, Broward
Highway system
SR 816 SR 818

Florida State Road 817 (SR 817) is a major 25.691 miles (41.346 km) long state highway in the U.S. state of Florida, locally known as Northwest 27th Avenue (Unity Boulevard / Carrie P. Meek Boulevard)[4] in Miami-Dade County[1][2] and University Drive in Broward County.[3] Its southern terminus is an intersection in Opa-locka with State Road 9, which continues south along Northwest 27th Avenue to Dixie Highway (US 1 / SR 5) in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Its northern terminus is at State Road 834 in Coral Springs, though the right of way continues north to Loxahatchee Road (County Road 827) at the Palm Beach County line.

Route description[edit]

State Road 817 begins when Northwest 27th Avenue splits from its concurrency with State Road 9 in Opa-locka, and heads north, while SR 9 heads northeast towards the Golden Glades Interchange. The road passes through several neighborhoods, and has with two major intersections with the Palmetto Expressway and Miami Gardens Drive in Opa-locka and Miami Gardens, respectively. North of Miami Gardens Drive, SR 817 heads into one of the most congested zones in Miami Gardens, which includes access to Sun Life Stadium, Calder Casino and Race Course, and an interchange with State Road 852 and the Turnpike that straddles the county line between Miami-Dade and Broward.

SR 817 enters Broward County and becomes University Drive after its intersection with SR 852. The road has no major intersections in Miramar. After its intersection with Pembroke Road on the border between Miramar and Pembroke Pines, University Drive forms the western border of North Perry Airport until its intersection with Pines Boulevard. After its intersection with Sheridan Street, SR 817 passes through what was formerly the Waldrep Dairy Farm until its intersection with Stirling Road. The road is sparsely littered with commercial businesses between its intersection with Stirling and Griffin Roads. North of Griffin, the road passes by Nova Southeastern University and the Central Campus of Broward College on its east side before its major intersections with State Road 84 and I-595 as it heads into Plantation.

North of I-595, SR 817 intersects with Broward Boulevard. Westfield Broward, formerly the Broward Mall, and the defunct Fashion Mall at Plantation are located at this intersection. Afterwards, the road passes through mostly residential developments (which includes intersections with Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard) in the cities of Sunrise and Lauderhill until its intersection with Commercial Boulevard. North of Commercial, the road continues about another three miles through Tamarac before its next major intersection with Atlantic Boulevard in Coral Springs. The Coral Square mall is located at this intersection.

North of Atlantic Boulevard marks SR 817's final stretch into Coral Springs, with the final intersection at State Road 834 (Sample Road). University Drive continues north through an interchange with State Road 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) and a residential development in Parkland to terminate at an intersection with Loxahatchee Road on the Palm Beach County line.

Future[edit]

According to maps published by Fort Lauderdale-based Dolph Map Company, an extension of University Drive into Palm Beach County has been proposed. Under the proposal, the north–south highway will continue north past its terminus at Loxahatchee Road and connect to an intersection with Glades Road (a western extension of SR 808) and Palmetto Park Road (formerly SR 798). No indication has been given of what number designation this extension would have, or whether it would be a state or county road. However, the residents of western Boca Raton have been fighting this extension for years, so it is unlikely.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[5] km Destinations Notes
Miami-Dade Opa-locka 0.000 0.000 SR 9 south (Northwest 27th Avenue / Unity Boulevard) Southern terminus; no access to SR 9 north
Miami Gardens 1.74 2.80 SR 826 – Airport Interchange
2.740 4.410 SR 860 (Northwest 183rd Street / Miami Gardens Drive)
3.741 6.021 Northwest 199th Street / Honey Hill Drive (CR 854)
Miami-DadeBroward
county line
Miami GardensMiramar line 4.866 7.831 SR 852 east (County Line Road / Northwest 215th Street) to Turnpike (SR 91) / US 441 – Orlando
Broward Miramar 4.91 7.90 Turnpike Extension south (SR 821) – Homestead Turnpike exit 47
5.537 8.911 To I-75 / I-95 / SR A1A / Miramar Parkway (CR 858)
MiramarPembroke Pines line 6.451 10.382 SR 824 east (Pembroke Road) to I-95
Pembroke Pines 7.449 11.988 SR 820 (Pines Boulevard) to I-75 / I-95 / Turnpike
Pembroke PinesHollywood
DavieCooper City quadripoint
8.966 14.429 CR 822 (Sheridan Street) to I-75 / I-95
DavieCooper City line 9.979 16.060 SR 848 east / CR 848 west (Stirling Road) to I-95
Davie 11.303 18.190 SR 818 (Griffin Road) to I-75 / I-95 / Turnpike – Davie Arena
13.627–
13.724
21.931–
22.087
I-595 (SR 862) to SR 84 / I-75 / I-95 / Turnpike – Fort Lauderdale, Airport Exit 5 on I-595
Plantation 14.144 22.763 Peters Road To SR 736
15.220 24.494 SR 842 east (Broward Boulevard / CR 842 west) to I-95
17.208 27.694 SR 838 east (Sunrise Boulevard / CR 838 west) to I-95 / Turnpike / SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway)
Sunrise 18.477 29.736 SR 816 east / CR 816 west (Oakland Park Boulevard) to SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway)
LauderhillTamarac line 20.408 32.843 SR 870 east (Commercial Boulevard / CR 870 west) to I-95 / Turnpike / SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway)
Coral Springs 23.632 38.032 CR 814 (Atlantic Boulevard) to Turnpike / SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway)
25.869 41.632 SR 834 east (Sample Road / CR 834 west) to Turnpike / SR 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) North end of state maintenance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Florida Department of Transportation (July 17, 2015). "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory". Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Florida Department of Transportation (April 3, 2014). "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory". Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Florida Department of Transportation (May 15, 2012). "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory". Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Samuels, Robert (2008). "27th Avenue: Voices from Unity Boulevard". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., accessed March 2014