Rickenbacker Causeway

Unsigned Florida 913 is the Rickenbacker Causeway, which connects Interstate 95 to Key Biscayne. The Rickenbacker Causeway consists of a long causeway section on either end, with a high point in the middle that allows for ships to pass underneath the dual span roadway. Each direction is two to three lanes wide, for a total of four to six lanes. Originally built in 1947, the causeway is the only route to Key Biscayne.

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.

Florida 913 Northbound
Northbound Florida 913 begins its journey on Crandon Boulevard, which originates on Key Biscayne and then crosses to Virginia Key and then the mainland via Rickenbacker Causeway. Here, Florida 913 crosses Biscayne Bay between Virginia Key and the mainland. Downtown Miami is visible to the northwest of the bridge. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Downtown Miami comes into view from the apex of the arched bridge over the bay. Miami has a uniquely colorful skyline that draws upon its Caribbean influences. There is no toll in this direction. Photos taken 12/28/03.
Upon reaching the mainland, northbound Florida 913 approaches U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway). Use the right two lanes for access to south U.S. 1 and north Interstate 95. Use the left two lanes for access to north U.S. 1. Photo taken 12/28/03.
There is a low clearance warning for the transition from northbound Florida 913 to southbound U.S. 1. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Northbound Florida 913 reaches the left exit for north U.S. 1 (Brickell Avenue) to downtown Miami. There is also a connection to Coconut Grove via this exit, which connects to U.S. 1 south to Coconut Grove, a community within the city of Miami near the intersection of U.S. 1 and Florida 9 (S.W. 27th Avenue). Photo taken 12/28/03.

Northbound Florida 913 elevates onto a viaduct as it prepares to split again. The left lane is for traffic for through U.S. 1 south to Coral Gables, and the right lane connects to northbound Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida 913 ends as the highway splits - one lane to U.S. 1 south and the other to Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Interstate 95 sprawls into view, as northbound Florida 913 prepares to transition onto the freeway. From here northward through the metropolitan area, Interstate 95 has a total of six to eight lanes. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida 913 Southbound
At the time this photo was taken, the price to cost the Rickenbacker Causeway along southbound was $1 for a car. Since the causeway is the only way to and from Virginia Key and Key Biscayne, the toll is only collected along southbound Florida 913. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Once on the causeway, the tall bridge comes into view in the distance, with Virginia Key situated behind it. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida 913 is three lanes wide in each direction as it crosses Biscayne Bay via the Rickenbacker Causeway. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Prior to the main bridge is an exit for access to Hobie Island and beach access from southbound Florida 913. The Rickenbacker Causeway crosses Hobie Island between the mainland and the main bridge to Virginia Key. Photo taken 12/28/03.
At the base of the high bridge is the exit to Hobie Island, including a parking area and a U-turn back to the mainland. Shimmering Biscayne Bay lies ahead. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The high bridge carries two lanes in each direction over the bay, unlike the causeway section with its three lanes in each direction. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Virginia Key comes into view at the apex of the bridge. This island houses the Miami Marina Stadium, Miami Seaquarium, Virginia Key Park, and Marine Stadium. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The beach of the southwestern coast of Virginia Key come into view from southbound Florida 913. Photo taken 12/28/03.
A parking area and rest area is located on the southwest of the causeway upon reaching Virginia Key. The rest area and parking lot are immediately adjacent to this beach on Biscayne Bay. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Florida 913 scenes
The old span is now used as a fishing pier, which is generally a common practice for older parallel spans in Florida. Fishermen, along with strolling families, take in the scenery of subtropical South Florida and the blue-green complexion of Biscayne Bay. Underwater, divers frequent the areas where fish and other denizens of the sea spend their day. Photos taken 12/28/03.
These pictures were taken from a sandy beach on the southwest side of Virginia Key. On this day, several locals were enjoying the beach and the sunny weather in late December, which should be one of the days with the lowest sun angle. Here in South Florida, the sunshine is as brilliant as ever. Photos taken 12/28/03.

Page Updated March 13, 2005.

© AARoads