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MacArthur Causeway Bridge (1995)


Miami-Dade County, Florida

Photo taken by Phillip Pessar in November 2015

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #341692

Street Views 


Bridge over Biscayne Bay on MacArthur Causeway
Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Open to traffic
Built 1995
Concrete stringer
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 2,468.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 69.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+25.78688, -80.18492   (decimal degrees)
25°47'13" N, 80°11'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/581719/2852335 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
FDOT 870771 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 70055 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 86.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 5, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Added category "Biscayne Bay"
  • December 21, 2017: New photo from Phillip Pessar
  • November 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 19, 2015: Added by Phillip Pessar

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MacArthur Causeway Bridge
Posted November 20, 2015, by Clarence Nelson (nelsond [at] ameritech [dot] net)

Wikipedia has the following history about this bridge. It appears that it had some work done since it's original conception:

"In the late 1910s, with the deteriorating wooden Collins Bridge (now, the Venetian Causeway) as the only direct land route between mainland Miami and the barrier islands of Miami Beach, construction on the roadway began in 1917. The roadway, dedicated as the County Causeway, was completed in 1920. Watson Island was reclaimed surrounding the western end of the roadway, completed in 1926.

Having undergone several lane and structural expansions following opening of the original two-lane road, the State Road Board and Dade County Commission voted to rename the causeway in honor of World War II General Douglas MacArthur in 1942.[2] The causeway was accessible from mainland Miami via Biscayne Boulevard and intersecting side streets through the 1990s, when replacement of the western- and easternmost spans and construction of direct highway access to I-395 began. The eastbound lanes of the bridges were completed in 1995, and westbound lanes finished in 1997."

This explains the "modern look" and so many lanes.

MacArthur Causeway Bridge
Posted November 19, 2015, by Anonymous

It looks far to new to have been built in 1920. They also wouldn't have built an 8 lane one with shoulders.