Florida State Road 970

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State Road 970 marker

State Road 970
Downtown Distributor
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length0.563 mi[1] (0.906 km)
Existed1968–present
Major junctions
West end I-95 in Miami
East end US 1 in Miami
Location
CountiesMiami-Dade
Highway system
SR 969SR 972
Aerial view in 2011

State Road 970 (SR 970), also known as the Downtown Distributor,[2] is a short 0.563-mile (0.906 km) elevated freeway connecting Interstate 95 and Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami. As of June 20, 2014, the entirety of the road cosigns with US 1/SR 5.

Route description[edit]

The expressway is two lanes wide in each direction, and had an annual average daily traffic volume of 34,000 according to a 2007 report, with an estimated volume of 37,500 in 2015.[3]

In addition to the entrance and exit at US 1, SR 970 also has entrance and exit ramps at Miami Avenue, three blocks to the west. Eastbound drivers also can exit to SE 1st Avenue near the James L. Knight Center and the Miami Tower.

This route is mostly unsigned. On the Interstate, there is no recognition of the State Road status of the Downtown Distributor, as exit signs in both directions indicate "Biscayne Boulevard, US 1". On the Distributor, both at the eastern end and roughly 0.2-mile (0.32 km) from the Interstate, State Road 970 shields are present, but without directional indicators.

History[edit]

The Downtown Distributor opened simultaneously with the adjacent stretch of I-95 in 1968.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Miami, Miami-Dade County.

mi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
0.0000.000 I-95 – AirportExit 2A on I-95
0.40.64Miami Avenue – DowntownEastbound exit from I-95 exit 2C and westbound entrance
0.50.80Southeast 1st AvenueEastbound exit (from I-95 north only) and westbound entrance
0.5630.906 US 1 (Southeast 2nd Avenue) / Southeast 3rd Street to Brickell Avenue / Biscayne BoulevardAt-grade intersection; continues as SE 3rd Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
The Downtown Distributor in May 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ "Access Management Class Summary: FDOT District VI - Miami-Dade County" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. September 8, 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-09-16.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Arterial Grid Analysis Study" (PDF). Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization. March 2007. p. 88. Retrieved 2009-09-16.