Florida State Road 953

State Road 953 (SR 953), locally known as Le Jeune Road (pronounced "Luh-JOO-n"), is a 11.735 miles (18.886 km) long north–south street in Miami-Dade County, Florida running a few miles west of central Miami from U.S. Route 1 in Coral Gables to State Road 916 in Opa-locka. It is also known as West 42nd Avenue on the greater Miami grid plan and East 8th Avenue in the Hialeah grid plan.

State Road 953 marker

State Road 953

Le Jeune Road
West 42nd Avenue
SR 953 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length11.735 mi[1] (18.886 km)
Existed1983 (as SR 953)–present
Major junctions
South end US 1 in Coral Gables
Major intersections US 41 in Miami
SR 836 in Miami
US 27 in Hialeah
SR 934 in Hialeah
North end SR 916 in Opa-locka
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 951 SR 959

Route description edit

Le Jeune Road proper begins at a traffic circle with Sunset Drive and Old Cutler Road in the city of Coral Gables, but the state designation actually begins 1.4 miles (2.3 km) north at an intersection with U.S. Route 1 (Dixie Highway.

SR 953 heads north from US 1 as a four-lane road through residential areas, the eastern end of Coral Gables Senior High School, and the western end of the Village of Merrick Park mall. SR 953 intersects Bird Road and leaves the campus of Coral Gables High School, entering a pure residential area and remains that way until reaching University Drive. At that point, the east side of the road becomes commercial and the west side is residential until close to the intersection with Coral Way (State Road 972). A few blocks north of Coral Way, it resumes with residential housing on the west side of the road and commercial buildings to the east, still in Coral Gables.

At Zamora Avenue, Le Jeune Road divides Coral Gables to the west with unincorporated Miami-Dade County to the east, and enters unincorporated Miami-Dade County just one block north at Mendoza Avenue, becoming purely a residential street again. At Southwest 8th Street (US 41/Tamiami Trail), Le Jeune Road enters the city of Miami, and becomes a divided road, with two lanes in each direction.[2][3]

Le Jeune continues north through Miami, remaining a residential street for six blocks before becoming a commercial road. It continues north through Miami as a commercial street until an interchange with the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836), where the road becomes a divider between the International Links Miami-Melreese golf course to the east and a parking lot to the west. It reenters unincorporated Miami-Dade County after crossing the Tamiami Canal just south of the entrance to Miami International Airport and its interchange with the southern terminus of the Airport Expressway (SR 112). Between SR 953's entrance of the airport and the next major interchange north, State Road 948, it creates the eastern boundary of the airport, with airport related business to the east of LeJeune Road.[2][3]

Just two blocks north of SR 948, SR 953 crosses canal C-6 and crosses US 27 (Okeechobee Road), entering Hialeah as their Southeast 8th Avenue and no longer a divided road. It continues north as a residential street, crossing State Road 944, becoming East 8th Avenue, the easternmost major street in Hialeah, with some commercial business at East 9th Street, State Road 934, East 41st Street and State Road 932. North of East 57th Street, it passes by a truck distribution center to the east, and a park to the west. SR 953 then splits off to the Le Jeune/Douglas Road Expressway Connection, providing nearby access to State Road 924, followed by an intersection with East 65th Street at the south end of Amelia Earhart Park, leaving Hialeah and entering Opa-locka where it is again West 42nd Avenue. North of SR 924, Le Jeune Road is a purely commercial road, servicing truck distribution centers as SR 953 heads towards its northern terminus of State Road 916 (North 135th Street).[2][3]

North of SR 916, Le Jeune Road continues for 0.6 miles (0.97 km), towards a dead-end inside Opa-locka Airport. North of the airport, Northwest 42nd Avenue continues north to a dead end beyond North 204th Street.

History edit

According to Joaquin Roy, a highly regarded professor from the University of Miami in his 1989 book "The Streets of Coral Gables"; Le Jeune Road was named after Charles Le Jeune (b. 1878, Belgium) who came to Florida around 1900 and acquired 140 acres (57 ha) of coral rock land on which he used dynamite to create tillable soil, and then cultivated orange, grapefruit and lime groves. The road that was the boundary of his property became known as Le Jeune Road. In 1914, Charles Le Jeune sold his groves to (George) Merrick, developer of Coral Gables, Florida, for $1,700,000. It runs adjacent to the east side and crosses the original entrance/exit to Miami International Airport.

At one point during the 1960s, the entire route was to be upgraded to freeway status, but the plans were cancelled. Several attempts to upgrade LeJeune Road around Miami International Airport have been proposed, with all of them failing.

Prior to 1983, Le Jeune Road was signed as State Road 913 south of North 103rd Street (SR 932); a designation now being applied to the Rickenbacker Causeway approach.

Major intersections edit

The entire route is in Miami-Dade County.

Coral Gables0.0000.000  US 1 (Dixie Highway) / Le Jeune Road southNo left turn from either direction of Le Jeune Road
0.5690.916  SR 976 (Bird Road)Southwest 40th Street
1.5752.535Coral WaySouthwest 22nd Street; former SR 972
Miami2.6174.212  US 41 (Southwest 8th Street)Tamiami Trail
3.1175.016  SR 968 (Flagler Street)
4.066.53  SR 836 – Downtown Miami
4.1186.627  SR 960 (Northwest 14th Street)
MiamiMiami Springs line4.717.58  Northwest 21st Street – Miami International AirportInterchange; no northbound access to eastbound 21st Street
4.9687.995  Northwest 25th Street – Rental Car Center
Miami Springs5.578.96South River DriveNorthbound exit only
SR 112 east to I-95 – Miami Beach
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
SR 948 (Doral Boulevard) to SR 826 / I-75
Northwest 36th Street
US 27 (Okeechobee Road) to SR 112 east
At-grade intersection except northbound flyover to US 27 north
SR 944 (Hialeah Drive) to I-95
Northwest 54th Street
SR 934 (East 25th Street) to I-95
Northwest 79th Street
9.72215.646  SR 932 (East 49th Street)Northwest 103rd Street
10.49216.885  Le Jeune/Douglas Connector north to SR 924Northbound exit and southbound entrance
HialeahOpa-locka line10.72617.262  East 65th Street to SR 924Northwest 119th Street
Opa-locka11.73518.886  SR 916 (Northwest 135th Street) / Le Jeune Road northContinues north to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References edit

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ a b c Google (January 7, 2019). "State Road 953" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c General Highway Map Miami-Dade County, Florida (PDF) (Map). Florida Department of Transportation. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-25.

External links edit

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