State Route 913, 924 and 970 in Florida
Florida State Route 913
According to a2zdirectory.org, State Route 913 or State Road 913 (SR-913), largely known as the Rickenbacker Causeway, is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road connects in South Florida, between Miami and Key Biscayne. State Road 913 is 12 kilometers long.
The Rickenbacker Causeway.
State Road 913 begins at its junction with Interstate 95 near the southern starting point of I-95. This is followed by two intersections, including US 1, followed by the Rickenbacker Causeway. This causeway consists of three bridges connecting several islands, the most important being Virginia Key and Biscayne Key. The road is a dead end, one can only reach these two islands or drive back from the Rickenbacker Causeway. The Miami Seaquarium is located on Virginia Key. On Key Biscayne there are expensive apartment towers on the Atlantic Ocean. The southern part of Key Biscayne is a state park.
Key Biscayne could originally only be reached by boat. In the 1920s, when Miami started to grow considerably, plans arose for a bridge connection to Key Biscayne. A hurricane hit the area in 1926 and then Florida’s land bubble burst, putting plans on hold for the time being. In the late 1930s, there were plans for a naval base on Virginia Key and even an air force base on Key Biscayne. Construction of a causeway to Virginia Key began in 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor later that year and the outbreak of World War II for the United States halted the project.
After the war, construction resumed, combining a slope in the sea and bridges. The Rickenbacker Causeway opened to traffic as a toll road in November 1947. A total of 1.9 kilometers had been constructed on bridges and 4.3 kilometers on embankments in the sea. Traffic on the Rickenbacker Causeway increased dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s, partly due to the popular Miami Seaquarium and the popularity of Key Biscayne’s beaches. In the late 1970s it also became clear that the condition of the longest bridge was bad. In 1980, the redesigned Rickenbacker Causeway opened with five lanes of traffic. Since that time, the road has also been numbered as State Road 913, before that the road had no road number.
The Rickenbacker Causeway is a toll road, with a toll plaza on the Miami side. Tolls are only levied towards Key Biscayne. The toll road is under the management of Miami-Dade County (not the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ). The toll collection is fully electronic with SunPass. Previously, there was an electronic system called C-Pass.
Every day 39,000 vehicles travel the Rickenbacker Causeway to Virginia Key, dropping to 29,000 vehicles on Key Biscayne.
Florida State Route 924
State Route 924 or State Road 924 (SR-924), called the Gratigny Parkway, is a state route and toll road in the U.S. state of Florida. The highway connects the suburb of Hialeah and Miami Lakes with the northern neighborhoods of Miami. State Road 924 is 14 kilometers long.
State Road 924 begins in Miami Lakes at an interchange with Interstate 75 and State Road 826 (Palmetto Expressway). State Road 924 is a 2×3 lane highway that heads east. It forms the division between Miami Lakes and Hialeah. The highway runs past Opa-locka Airport and after Douglas Road turns into an urban arterial, NW 119th Street, which has 2×3 lanes. After a number of traffic lights there is a connection to Interstate 95. To the east, the road is a narrower four-lane road and ends at an intersection with State Road 909 in North Miami.
The road was originally planned as the Opa-locka Expressway. This was envisioned as an east-west freeway through northern Miami, in addition to the other east-west freeways. However, it was not planned as part of Interstate 75, although this seems logical. I-75 was originally planned to be built in the corridor of US 41 to connect to Dolphin Expressway (SR-836).
The Opa-locka Expressway was planned to run to I-95, but in the end only the western half of the highway was built as the Gratigny Parkway. Construction did not begin until 1987 and the highway was opened in January 1992.
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Florida State Route 970
State Route 970 or State Road 970 (SR-970), called the Downtown Distributor, is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Florida, located in Downtown Miami. The highway forms a short elevated highway between Interstate 95 and the streets of Downtown Miami. The highway is less than a kilometer long and opened to traffic in 1968, at the same time as I-95. It’s actually a long exit from I-95. 28,000 vehicles use the road every day.