Florida's Turnpike facts for kids
|Ronald Reagan Turnpike|
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|Maintained by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise|
|Length:||264.666 mi (425.939 km)
308.760 miles (496.901 km) via the Homestead Ext.
|Existed:||January 25, 1957 – present|
|South end:||Golden Glades Interchange
I-95 / US 441 / SR 9 / SR 826 in Miami Gardens
|SR 821 in Miramar
I-595 / SR 84 in Davie
SR 869 in Deerfield Beach
US 98 / SR 80 in West Palm Beach
SR 70 / SR 713 in Fort Pierce
US 441 / SR 60 near Fort Drum
SR 528 in Orlando
I-4 / SR 400 in Orlando
SR 429 in Orlando
US 27 / SR 25 near Leesburg
|North end:||I-75 / SR 93 near Wildwood|
|Counties:||Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Osceola, Orange, Lake, Sumter|
Florida State and County Roads
Florida's Turnpike (TPK), designated as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike is a north–south toll road. It was originally called Sunshine State Parkway. The road runs 312.522 miles (502.955 km) through 11 counties in the Florida peninsula. It starts from U.S. Route 1 in Florida City, running through Miami, Fort Lauderdale. At West Palm Beach, it runs parallel to Interstate 95, and then in Orlando, it crosses Interstate 4, to its northern end at Interstate 75 near Wildwood.
The Turnpike itself has two sections. The first is the Mainline, a 265-mile (426 km) route from the Golden Glades Interchange (north of Miami) to Wildwood. This has the hidden designation of State Road 91 (SR 91). It was opened in stages between 1957 and 1964. The second is the 48-mile (77 km) long Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT). This was completed in 1974. Its hidden designation is State Road 821 (SR 821). This runs from Florida City (near Homestead) through the suburbs to the west and north of Miami, connecting to the Mainline four miles (6 km) north of the Golden Glades Interchange. Florida's Turnpike is considered one of the busiest highways in the country (according to the IBBTA, the highway is the nation's 3rd most heavily traveled toll road).
Images for kids
Looking northbound at Florida's Turnpike as seen from the shoulder of Old County Road 50 near Clermont, Florida, at mile 276
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