Causeways In Miami

If you are new to Miami, you may wonder what causeways are. They are certainly much loved by the people who live in Miami, Florida. Miami has an elaborate causeway system which is an asset for anyone who travels their roads.

What is a causeway?

A causeway is a raised road or path that is built so people can cross wetlands. They are made of rock and sand and the tops are paved roads. Unlike a bridge which is raised on pillars which sit firmly on the ground, a causeway creates a shoreline. People can use this to access the water from small boats. The causeway actually creates more useable land than the use of a bridge. So a bridge is used to cross bodies of water, and a causeway is used to create passage across what would be swampy or wetlands. The structures are part of the roadway systems to reduce congestion on bridges and allow ease of travel between two points of land.

Major Causeways in Miami

MacArthur Causeway

MacArthur Causeway is one of the most famous attractions of Miami. MacArthur Causeway is so beautiful it is often filmed in movies. The bridge makes a gorgeous addition to the skyline. Crossing MacArthur lands you in the heart of downtown Miami, and it leads to Miami Beach.

During major events, expect to move slowly if you take MacArthur. But even on high-traffic days, it is an amazing way to see the city.

Venetian Causeway

The Venetian Causeway crosses Biscayne Bay and Miami, both the mainland and Miami Beach. It is one of the most traveled. This is a toll plaza with six lanes which has been in place since 1927. This causeway consists of 12 bridges and it spans 11 man-made Venetian Islands.

The Venetian Causeway is very important to the motorists who travel in the city and it is designed to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians as well.

Rickenbacker Causeway

The Rickenbacker Causeway connects Miami to the Barrier Islands of Virginia Keys. It travels across the Biscayne Bay & Key Biscayne. This causeway is one of the most beautiful of Miami’s coastal areas. The beaches are pristine. The islands are very popular for family adventure as well as fishing, biking, and enjoying tropical paradise right in your own backyard. Like the Venetian Causeway, this is part of the toll plaza.

You can easily plan your route to the area beaches, islands, activities, and events. The causeways make it possible for you to get the full experience Florida has to offer.

While these three causeways are the most popular and most traveled, Miami has other causeways included in the massive infrastructure of the city. Other causeways include:

  • John F. Kennedy Causeway
  • Julia Tuttle Causeway
  • Port Boulevard
  • William H. Lehman Causeway

Before you set out, make sure you map the areas and allow for tolls. Click here for help with mapping and creating your itinerary.

Miami is unlike any other place on Earth. It is a melting pot of various cultures and a natural paradise. There is something for everyone in Miami. Before you visit Miami, take some time to learn about the region. You will not want to miss a thing.

By: Jed Kurzban

Medical malpractice attorney Jed Kurzban graduated from the University of Alabama in 1992 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Kurzban is happily married and the father of two.