Venetian Causeway

Summary

Venetian Causeway
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View of the Venetian Causeway from Downtown Miami, east toward Miami Beach.
Coordinates 25°47′28″N 80°09′54″W / 25.791°N 80.165°W / 25.791; -80.165Coordinates: 25°47′28″N 80°09′54″W / 25.791°N 80.165°W / 25.791; -80.165
CrossesBiscayne Bay
LocaleMiami to Miami Beach
Maintained byMDX
Heritage statusNRHP (1989)[1]
Preceded byCollins Bridge
Characteristics
DesignBascule
Total length2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Longest span0.4 miles (0.64 km)
History
DesignerHarvey Stanley, Raymond Concrete Pile Co.
Opened1925
Statistics
Toll$3.00[2]
Venetian Causeway
NRHP reference No.89000852[3]
Added to NRHPJuly 13, 1989

The Venetian Causeway crosses Biscayne Bay between Miami on the mainland and Miami Beach on a barrier island in south Florida. The man-made Venetian Islands and non-bridge portions of the causeway were created by materials which came from the dredging of the bay. The Venetian Causeway follows the original route of the Collins Bridge, a wooden 2.5 mi (4 km) long structure built in 1913 by John S. Collins and Carl G. Fisher which opened up the barrier island for unprecedented growth and development.

The causeway has one toll plaza (administered by the Miami-Dade County Public Works department[4]) on Biscayne Island, the westernmost Venetian Island. The toll for an automobile is $3.00 (US).[5]

The causeway has two bascule bridges.

At the Downtown/Western Beginning of the causeway travelers are greeted by two columns vertically saying "VENETIAN WAY" along with a sign indicating that there is a weight limit .

At the South Beach/Eastern Terminus, drivers must choose whether to go north onto Dade Boulevard or eastbound onto 17th Street to Ocean Drive, Collins Ave/A1A, Lincoln Road, City Hall, The Convention Center, Jackie Gleason Theater and the beach .

The Venetian Causeway was re-dedicated in 1999 after the completion of a $29 million restoration and replacement project.[6]

A popular use of the causeway is for exercising, including both jogging and bicycling.

See also

Gallery

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 15, 2006.
  2. ^ https://www.miamidade.gov/parks/venetian.asp
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15. Archived from the original on 2010-05-27.
  4. ^ Miami-Dade County Public Works department
  5. ^ https://www.miamidade.gov/parks/venetian.asp
  6. ^ The City of Miami Beach Community Bridges The Past With The New Millennium Archived 2006-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, October 28, 1999

External links

  • New York Times Article (March 21, 2008): Islands of Calm