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Stretch of Turnpike extension near Miami-Dade County line to be expanded to 8 lanes

Construction will begin this month to expand a stretch of the Ronald Reagan Turnpike that runs between Miramar and Miami Gardens.
Construction will begin this month to expand a stretch of the Ronald Reagan Turnpike that runs between Miramar and Miami Gardens. Florida Department of Transportation

Construction will begin this month to add four lanes to a stretch of the Ronald Reagan Turnpike that runs between Miramar and Miami Gardens.

The highway, also known as the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike or State Road 821, runs north from Florida City to Miramar, where it merges into the Turnpike Mainline (State Road 91).

But construction will be focused on a portion of the highway that connects Interstate 75 to Florida’s Turnpike Mainline.

The roughly $143 million project, which is funded by toll revenue, will expand the highway to eight lanes, build up sound walls along some “qualifying” communities along the road’s path, improve a couple intersections and widen five bridges, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Lane closures, ramp closures and detours are expected. The hope is for the project to wrap up by the summer of 2022.

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