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MacArthur Causeway Bridge, Miami

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The General Douglas MacArthur Causeway is a six-lane causeway which connects Downtown, Miami, Florida and South Beach, Miami Beach via Biscayne Bay.
The highway is the singular roadway connecting the mainland and beaches to Watson Island and the bay neighborhoods of Palm Island, Hibiscus Island, and Star Island. The MacArthur Causeway carries State Road 836 and State Road A1A over the Biscayne Bay. Interstate 395 ends at Fountain Street, the entrance to Palm Island Park which has a traffic light as well as bus stops.
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.
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  • There were some works done here late June/early July we were there but despite this, this bridge turned out to be our daily route as we visited everything interesting in Miami downtown from the locati...  more »
  • Not great and there was an accident on the bridge so lots of lengthy delays. You only have a few choices to get to the beaches . Nice houses on the islands off the side.  more »
  • Almost 6 kilometers of six-lane highway to reach the southern area of Miami Beach from downtown Miami, a path that at various points allows spectacular views of the bay and buildings near and far, spaced out from the bridge only by water. It is great especially the route from Miami Beach to Miami because it offers a perfect view on the skyline of the city with the basin that fronts it, while towards Miami Beach predominate the almost skyscrapers. With the evening lighting the show is no less and travel several times this bridge was for me a continuous taste postcard images. Bridge is also only for the views that it provides. Of all the bridges to Miami Beach is this the most "not to be missed", even if others are defending well.
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