Venetian Causeway

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Venetian Causeway
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View of the Venetian Causeway from Downtown Miami, east toward Miami Beach.
Crosses Biscayne Bay
Locale Miami to Miami Beach
Maintained by MDX
Designer Stanley, Harvey; Raymond Concrete Pile Co.
Design Bascule
Total length 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Longest span 0.4 miles (0.64 km)
Opened 1925
Toll $1.75
Preceded by Collins Bridge
Heritage status NRHP (1989)[1]
Venetian Causeway
Venetian Causeway is located in Miami
Venetian Causeway
Location in Miami
Location Miami
Coordinates 25°47′26″N 80°09′54″W / 25.79056°N 80.16500°W / 25.79056; -80.16500Coordinates: 25°47′26″N 80°09′54″W / 25.79056°N 80.16500°W / 25.79056; -80.16500
Built 1925
Architect Stanley, Harvey; Raymond Concrete Pile Co.
Architectural style Other
Governing body Local (Miami-Dade County)
NRHP Reference # 89000852 [1]
Added to NRHP July 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) on Biscayne Island, the westernmost Venetian Island. The toll for an automobile is $1.75 (US).

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.[2]

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

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15. 
  2. ^ The City of Miami Beach Community Bridges The Past With The New Millennium, October 28, 1999

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