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27-DEC-1963 SUS of Florida/Don Boyd

1963 - aerial view of when I-95 ended at NW 29th Street and NW 5th Avenue, Miami

Miami, Florida

I-95 temporarily ended at NW 29th Street for a few years until they continued it past downtown to the southern terminus at South Dixie Highway (US 1). Of course traffic was a mess continuing on to downtown Miami via NW 7th Avenue, NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Avenue, NE 2nd Avenue or Biscayne Boulevard.

The Buena Vista rail yards are visible on the right side.

The JSP at 246 NW 29th Street was the main plant of Jones Shutter Products, Inc., where I worked after high school in 1965 and owned by a long-time family friends Herbert S. and Estelle Jones. My aunt, Norma G. Boyd, was Herb's long-time secretary going back to early 1950's. Flutie Neon and E. B. Elliott Advertising were the two businesses to the west of Jones Shutter Products.

I-95 History with dates
The William B. Singer Expressway (designated by the Florida Legislature), more commonly known as I-95 starting and ending at NW 29th Street northward. I-95 was the third expressway to fully open in Dade County, following the Sunshine State Parkway opening in 1957 and the Palmetto Bypass which opened in 1962. The first I-95 segment opened in December 1961 and ran from NW 29th Street to NW 95th Street with work on the Airport Expressway and the interchange with I-95 occurring at the same time. The next segment to open was in 1964 when the NW 95th Street to State Road 84 in Broward opened along with the Golden Glades Interchange, except for a four lane stretch near Ives Dairy Estates that had a red light and grade level intersection. Also in 1964 plans were finalized for I-95's path through downtown Miami with two new spur routes, Interstate 395 from I-95 to the entrance to MacArthur Causeway, and Florida 970, the downtown distributor. Also thrown into the plans was the addition of the East-West Expressway (SR 836) which would run from I-395/I-95 west. The I-95 segment from NW 29th Street to NW 20th Street was completed and opened in 1968.

The segment from I-95's planned southern terminus at U.S. 1 to Flagler Street was also completed in in the 1968 time frame. The Flagler Street to NW 20th Street segment started construction in 1968, along with I-395, Florida 970 and East-West Expressway (SR 836). The Flagler Street to NW 20th Street segment finally opened in late 1969, allowing travelers to finally drive from US1 to the Golden Glades interchange and points north without stopping for the first time. The final construction project on the original I-95 was the new interchange at Ives Dairy Road which started in 1969.

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Don Boyd22-Apr-2012 14:02
Great observation, Andres. Yes, that rail yard made it possible to build Midtown and rejuvenate the area.

Andres K. 22-Apr-2012 11:21
So the reason there was such space to build the shopping and living area that is now called "midtown" is because of the Buena Vista rail yards? Incredible!
Don Boyd09-May-2011 06:21
Larry, yes, it would have been a short hop up to I-195 and across the Julia Tuttle to Miami Beach, or up to 79th Street and across the 79th Street Causeway or causeways further north.

Larry Gladsden 06-May-2011 23:13
This validates my memory of being amazed traveling up I-95 for the first time to a Passover Seder on Miami Beach, sometime in my tween or early teen years, instead of up US 1.