State Road 913 - Rickenbacker Causeway

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Views of Rickenbacker Causeway from Hobie Island Beach Park to the southeast. The eastern section of Old Rickenbacker Causeway was retained for use as a fishing pier. The western segment was demolished. Photos taken 12/29/03.

Rickenbacker Causeway connects Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 at the Coconut Grove and Brickell section of Miami with Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. Unsigned State Road 913 lines SW/SE 26th Road for 0.37 miles between the ramps with I-95 at Exit 1A and the Rickenbacker Causeway toll plaza. Originally built in 1944, the bridge system is the only route to Key Biscayne.

The dual spans of Rickenbacker Causeway accommodate six overall lanes of traffic across two sets of bridges. The 3,629 foot long main span across Biscayne Bay, the Willam M. Powell Bridge, was constructed in 1985.1 The 2,102 foot long span across Bear Cut between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne was rebuilt in 1983.1

The bridge and causeway system is named for Edward Rickenbacker, who lived between 1890-1973. Rickenbacker had a busy career, starting as a fighter pilot in World War I. He became president of Eastern Airlines in 1938; during World War II he became stranded at sea while traveling the Pacific Theatre of the war. After being rescued, Rickenbacker returned to work at Eastern Airlines, which grew into one of the dominant airline companies of its era.

Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, FL
Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, FL
The Atlantic Ocean at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Photo taken 10/01/17.
Crandon Boulevard north
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Crandon Boulevard travels north through Crandon Park between the town of Key Biscayne and the Bear Cut Bridge to Virginia Key. Photos taken 10/01/17.
Crandon Boulevard transitions to Rickenbacker Causeway across the Bear Cut Bridge. Bear Cut flows between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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The Bear Cut Bridge accommodates four lanes of traffic across a single span. The low rise bridge travels just 16.1 feet above the channel.2 Photos taken 10/01/17.
Rickenbacker Causeway north
Virginia Beach Drive spurs east to Virginia Key Park from Rickenbacker Causeway at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Photo taken 10/01/17.
Rickenbacker Causeway (unsigned CR 913) proceeds north on Virginia Key to Arthur Lamb, Jr. Road and the signalized entrance to MAST Academy. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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Turning west, Rickenbacker Causeway climbs onto the William M. Powell Bridge across Biscayne Bay. Photos taken 10/01/17.
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A cluster of skyscrapers line the Biscayne Bayfront from Downtown Miami to the north of Rickenbacker Causeway. Photos taken 10/01/17.
Rickenbacker Causeway (CR 913) lowers onto a man made island ahead of the Brickell neighborhood in Miami. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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Miami has a uniquely colorful skyline that draws upon its Caribbean influences. Photos taken 10/01/17.
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Crossing the west channel bridge, Rickenbacker Causeway transitions to SE 26th Road (SR 913). State maintenance commences on the ensuing 0.37 mile stretch to I-95 and SW 1st Avenue. Photos taken 10/01/17.
Florida State Road 913 North
A flyover ramp departs SR 913 next for U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) south. The ramp ties into the south end of Interstate 95 beyond a low clearance bridge. Photo taken 10/01/17.
Traffic partitions for SR 913 (SE 26th Road) north to Brickell Avenue (former U.S. 1) and the flyovers for Interstate 95 and U.S. 1. Sign changes made here dropped U.S. 1 from Brickell Avenue but did not add U.S. 1 for I-95 north. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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The elevated ramp for Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 separates above South Miami Avenue. U.S. 1 rejoins Dixie Highway southwest from I-95 to the Coconut Grove section of Miami and the city of Coral Gables. Photos taken 10/01/17.
U.S. 1 was realigned onto I-95 south from the Downtown Distributor (SR 970) and Downtown Miami to the freeway end at Dixie Highway in 2013. Photo taken 10/01/17.
The northbound entrance ramp to I-95 & U.S. 1 combines with traffic from SW 25th Road ahead of Downtown Miami. Photo taken 12/29/03.
Florida State Road 913 South
SW 26th Road leads two blocks southeast from SR 972 (SW 3rd Avenue) in The Roads neighborhood to become a part of unsigned SR 913 at SW 1st Avenue. Photo taken 10/01/17.
A half diamond interchange joins SW 26th Road (SR 913) and Rickenbacker Causeway with Interstate 95 & U.S. 1 at SW Miami Court. Photo taken 10/01/17.
A flyover ramp links Rickenbacker Causeway with the south end of I-95 above SW 26th Road (SR 913) just ahead of South Miami Avenue. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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SR 913 proceeds south one block to Brickell Avenue north and Dixie Highway south, the pre-2013 alignment of U.S. 1 through the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. Photos taken 10/01/17.
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SR 913 (SE 26th Road) concludes at the Rickenbacker Causeway toll plaza. Photos taken 10/01/17.
Rickenbacker Causeway spans the west channel ahead of Hobe Island Beach Park. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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Rickenbacker Causeway proceeds east to a turn around for Hobe Island Beach Park. Photos taken 10/01/17.
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The William M. Powell Bridge along Rickenbacker Causeway rises to a height of 76.1 feet over Biscayne Bay.1 Photos taken 10/01/17.
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Rickenbacker Causeway (Unsigned County Road 913) arcs south onto Virginia Key. Photos taken 10/01/17.
Traffic lights operate at the entrance to MAST Academy. Photo taken 10/01/17.
The 2.93 mile alignment of CR 913 on Rickenbacker Causeway concludes at Virginia Beach Drive. Photo taken 10/01/17.
Crandon Boulevard south
Rickenbacker Causeway ascends across the Bear Cut Bridge from Virginia Beach Drive onto Key Biscayne. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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Crandon Boulevard extends southwest from Rickenbacker Causeway and the Bear Cut Bridge through Crandon Park. Photos taken 10/01/17.

Sources:

  1. Rickenbacker Cswy over Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida. BridgeReports.com.
  2. Rickenbacker Cswy. over Biscayne Bay/Bear Cut, Miami-Dade County, Florida. BridgeReports.com.


Photo Credits:

12/29/03, 10/01/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
U.S. 1

Page Updated 04-26-2019.