Interstate 195 Florida
Interstate 195 is a freeway spur linking Midtown Miami with northern Miami Beach via the Julia Tuttle Causeway. In conjunction with the tolled Airport Expressway (SR 112), I-195 connects SR A1A and Miami Beach with Interstate 95 (North-South Expressway) and Miami International Airport (MIA).
Interstate 195 extends the Airport Expressway (SR 112) east from I-95 and the 36th Street Interchange at midtown Miami to the Julia Tuttle Causeway spanning the Intracoastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay. The freeway spurs east into Miami Beach, ending at an interchange with SR 907 (Alton Road). SR 112 overlays all of I-195, emerging along 41st Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) east to the one-way couplet of SR A1A (Collins Avenue north / Indian Creek Drive south).
Julia Tuttle Causeway provides part of a direct route between Miami Beach and Miami International Airport (MIA) in conjunction with the tolled Airport Expressway (SR 112 west to SR 953). The freeway also provides one of three hurricane evacuation routes from Miami Beach.
East End – Miami Beach, FL
West End – Miami, FL
Mileage – 4.42
Cities – Miami, Miami Beach
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-195 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|I-95 to US 1 / Exit 2B||123,500|
|East of US 1||109,000|
|Julia Tuttle Cswy to Exit 5||104,779|
Source: Florida Traffic Information 2013 (web site)
Initial construction for the freeway linking Miami and Miami Beach at the Bayshore neighborhood began in October 1957 along the 36th Street (Julia Tuttle) Causeway across Biscayne Bay.1 Opening to motorists on December 12, 1959 and costing nearly $14 million to build2, Julia Tuttle Causeway was the first link completed in the original Miami expressway system3. It connected Alton Road (Florida 907) on Miami Beach with U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard) on the Miami side via NE 36th and NE 38th Streets. Named after the early Miami pioneer, the Julia Tuttle Causeway consists of two spans over Biscayne Bay: the 2,150 foot long high rise bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway and the 1,138 foot long east channel bridge. A six-lane causeway joins the two bridges.
Work on the final piece of the freeway commenced in March 1960 between Biscayne Boulevard and Interstate 95 (North-South Expressway) at the 36th Street Interchange.4 This link included a seamless connection with the tolled 36th Street Expressway (Florida 112) west to Miami International Airport (MIA). Interstate 195 fully opened to traffic on December 22, 19615.
An improvement project on the Julia Tuttle Causeway between 1988 and 1990 expanded the freeway and widened the shoulders.6
According to a 1961-62 FDOT Biennial Report, Business Spur I-195 extended along 41st Street east from Alton Road (Florida 907) toward Florida A1A (Collins Road).7 This designation was short lived however.
East End – Miami Beach, Florida
West End – Miami, Florida
- “36th St. Span To Start By October 21”, The Miami News, September 20, 1957.
- “We Bridge The Gap”, The Miami News, December 12, 1959.
- “36th St. Span Ready To Roll”, The Miami News, December 7, 1959.
- “Work Will Start Soon on Miami Expressway”, The Miami News, March 17, 1960.
- “X-Way Opens – Snip, Zip!”,The Miami News, December 22, 1961.
- Learned, Jason. “Interstate Guide – Florida I-195, I-395, I-595.” Personal email, November 25, 2003.
- “Twenty-Fourth Biennial Report of the State Road Department (Florida) – Jan. 1, 1961 through Dec. 31, 1962” (online document).
Page updated November 2, 2018.