Interstate 195 Florida

I-195 Florida
History
East End
West End
I-195 - Julia Tuttle Causeway - Miami Beach, FL
Eastbound Interstate 195 lowers from the high rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway toward Miami Beach on Julia Tuttle Causeway. Photo taken 03/04/14.

Overview

Interstate 195 is a freeway spur linking Midtown Miami with northern Miami Beach via Julia Tuttle Causeway. 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.

Interstate 195 extends SR 112 east from the Airport Expressway at I-95 and the 36th Street Interchange at midtown Miami. Julia Tuttle Causeway spans the Intracoastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay eastward to SR 907 (Alton Road) in Miami Beach. SR 112 emerges east from an unmarked overlap with I-195 along 41st Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) to the one-way couplet of SR A1A (Collins Avenue north / Indian Creek Drive south).

Route Information

  • East End – Miami Beach, FL

  • West End – Miami, FL

  • Mileage – 4.42

  • Cities – Miami, Miami Beach

  • JunctionsI-95

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-195 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Location Vehicles per day
SR 112 to I-95 / Exit 1 119,000
I-95 to US 1 / Exit 2B 163,500
East of US 1 115,000
Julia Tuttle Cswy to SR 907 / Exit 5 116,018

Source: 2018 AADT – Florida Traffic Online (FDOT)

Downtown Miami, Florida from I-195
A linear cluster of skyscrapers line the Biscayne Bayfront to the southwest of Julia Tuttle Causeway at Downtown Miami. Also crossing the bay to the south are the low level Venetian Causeway and the high rise bridge for SR A1A (MacArthur Causeway). Photo taken 03/04/14.

History

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 (SR 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 (SR 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 (SR 907) toward SR A1A (Collins Road).7 This designation was short lived however.

Highway Guides

East End Florida 112 Florida 907 Florida 907A – Miami Beach, Florida

I-195 East at Florida State Road 907 Florida State Road 907A Florida State Road 112

I-195 east - Julia Tuttle Causeway - Miami, FL

The final reassurance shield for Interstate 195 east along Julia Tuttle Causeway across Biscayne Bay. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-195 east at SR 907/Alton Rd - Miami Beach, FLI-195 east at SR 907/Alton Rd - Miami Beach, FL

Exit 5 separates from I-195 east for SR 907 (Alton Road) to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Jackie Gleason Theater and Art Deco Historic District. Photos taken 04/01/14.

I-195 east at SR 907/Alton Rd - Miami Beach, FL

I-195 curves northeast over SR 907 to end along 41st Street. Photo taken 04/01/14.

SR 112/Arthur Godfrey Rd east at Alton Road - Miami Beach, FL

Arthur Godfrey Road/41st Street (SR 112) extends east 0.8 miles from I-195 and Alton Road (SR 907A) to SR A1A (Collins Avenue) at Mid-Beach. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-195 east end Miami Beach, FL - 2003

An end sign for Interstate 195 preceded the traffic light at 41st Street and Alton Road (SR 907A) at the Nautilus neighborhood in Miami Beach. This assembly was removed by 2008. Photo taken 12/29/03.

I-195 Florida 112 West at Florida 907

SR 112/41st St west at I-195/SR 907 - Miami Beach, FL

SR 112 (41st Street) intersects Alton Road (SR 907A) at the westbound beginning of Interstate 195. SR 907A loops east along a section of Alton Road bypassed by SR 907. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-195 west at SR 907/Alton Rd - Miami Beach, FL

A directional cloverleaf interchange joins I-195 and SR 112 with SR 907 ahead of Julia Tuttle Causeway west across Biscayne Bay. SR 907 follows Alton Road between SR A1A (5th Street) at South Beach and SR A1A at 63rd Street in North Beach. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-195 west - Julia Tuttle Causeway - Miami, FL

The first reassurance shield for I-195 west precedes the east channel bridge along Julia Tuttle Causeway. Interstate 95 lies four miles to the west, while SR 112 reaches Miami International Airport (MIA) in eight miles. Photo taken 04/01/14.

Florida 907 North at I-195 Florida 907A Florida 112

SR 907 north at I-195 - Miami Beach, FL

SR 907 partitions with Alton Road (unsigned SR 907A) ahead of the interchange with Interstate 195. Alton Road connects with 41st Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) east to SR A1A (Collins Avenue). Photo taken 07/27/17.

SR 907 north at I-195 - Miami Beach, FL

A loop ramp follows from SR 907 north for Interstate 195 west to Miami. Photo taken 07/27/17.

West End I-95 Florida 112 – Miami, Florida

I-195 West at I-95 Florida State Road 112

I-195 west at I-95/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Interstate 195 elevates over U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard) and a three block stretch along a viaduct preceding the 36th Street Interchange with I-95 and SR 112 west. The four-level interchange was completed in 1961 at a cost of $22 million. Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-195 west at I-95/SR 112 - Miami, FL

A three-lane off-ramp (Exit 1) departs from I-195 west for both directions of Interstate 95. State Road 112 emerges along the tolled Airport Expressway en route to the Brownsville community and Miami International Airport (MIA). Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-195 west at I-95/SR 112 - Miami, FL
I-195 west at I-95/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Two lanes separate for both I-95 north to Fort Lauderdale and I-95 south to U.S. 1 (Dixie Highway) and Coral Gables. Fort Lauderdale is located 24.7 miles away in neighboring Broward County while Downtown Miami is a 3.4 mile drive to the south. Photos taken 01/24/16 and 09/30/17.

Florida State Road 112 East at I-95 I-195

SR 112/Airport Expwy east at I-95/195 - Miami, FL

Paralleling a Metrorail line, SR 112 (Airport Expressway) east travels another 0.75 miles to the 36th Street Interchange with I-95/195. Photo taken 01/24/16.

SR 112/Airport Expwy east at I-95/195 - Miami, FL

An all electronic toll (AET) collection gantry precedes both the NW 12th Avenue off-ramp and the four-level interchange with I-95 and I-195. Tolling along all of SR 112 commenced in 2014. Photo taken 01/24/16.

SR 112/Airport Expwy east at I-95/195 - Miami, FL

The adjacent Metrorail line turns south across the Airport Expressway ahead of the SR 112 transition onto I-195 east to Miami Beach. SR 112 continues east as the hidden counterpart of I-195 to Alton Road (Exit 5) in Miami Beach. Photo taken 01/24/16.

SR 112/Airport Expwy east at I-95/195 - Miami, FL

Three lanes partition from the Airport Expressway east for I-95 north to Fort Lauderdale and Broward County and I-95 south to Downtown Miami and Coral Gables. Photo taken 01/24/16.

SR 112/Airport Expwy east at I-95/195 - Miami, FL

A separate ramp leaves for the tolled I-95 Express Lanes (formerly the HOV lanes) northbound as traffic partitions for the mainline of I-95 north to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (via Florida’s Turnpike) and south to Downtown. Photo taken 01/24/16.

I-95 South at I-195 Florida State Road 112

I-95 south at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

One mile ahead of the systems interchange with I-195 east to Miami Beach and SR 112 west to Miami International Airport (MIA) on I-95 (North-South Expressway) southbound. Photo taken 03/04/14.

I-95 south at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

A flyover departs from the I-95 Express Lanes for the Airport Expressway (SR 112) one half mile ahead of the main line ramps at the 36th Street Interchange (Exit 4). Photo taken 04/01/14.

I-95 south at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Three lanes separate from I-95 south for Interstate 195 and SR 112 (Airport Expressway) at Exit 4. Flyovers join the Express Lanes with SR 112 west above. Photo taken 03/04/14.

I-95 south at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Traffic partitions along Exit 4 for both the Airport Expressway west 5.2 miles to MIA Airport and Interstate 195 east 5.2 miles to SR A1A (Collins Avenue) in Miami Beach. Photo taken 03/04/14.

I-95 North at I-195 Florida State Road 112

I-95 north at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

The forthcoming ramp (Exit 4A) for I-195 consists of a flyover taking motorists over merging traffic from I-395 west and SR 836 east. The ramp returns to the I-95 mainline, forming an auxiliary lane to Exit 4B with Interstate 195. Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-95 north at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Crossing over the Interstate 395 eastbound mainline, Exit 4A for the I-195 bypass ramp leaves I-95 north. The ramp will rejoin the mainline north of NW 20th Street. Photo taken 03/04/14.

I-95 north at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Interstate 95 north passes over NW 20th Street on the one mile approach to I-195 east and SR 112 west (Exit 4B). The bypass ramp for Interstate 195 bound traffic (Exit 4A) comes into view. Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-95 north at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

The two left lanes along I-95 north separate onto the tolled Express Lanes ahead of the 36th Street Interchange with I-195 and SR 112 (Airport Expressway). Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-95 north at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

Exit 4B splits for I-195 east and the Airport Expressway west. Ramps connect Interstate 195 with Miami Avenue (Exit 2A) and U.S. 1 (Exit 2B) before the freeway crosses Biscayne Bay along Julia Tuttle Causeway. Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-95 north at I-195/SR 112 - Miami, FL

SR 112 extends west from I-95/195 along the tolled Airport Expressway to Miami International Airport (MIA) at U.S. 27 and SR 948 (NW 36th Street). Photo taken 09/30/17.

I-195 West End Throwback

Older guide signs posted as the Airport Expressway eastbound entered the 36th Street Interchange. Sign replacements made on the ramp for I-95 switched out the HOV 2+ reference for the Sunpass Only Express Lanes while dropping Orlando for All Exits. Photos taken 12/28/06.

Sources:

  1. “36th St. Span To Start By October 21”, The Miami News, September 20, 1957.
  2. “We Bridge The Gap”, The Miami News, December 12, 1959.
  3. “36th St. Span Ready To Roll”, The Miami News, December 7, 1959.
  4. “Work Will Start Soon on Miami Expressway”, The Miami News, March 17, 1960.
  5. “X-Way Opens – Snip, Zip!”,The Miami News, December 22, 1961.
  6. Learned, Jason. “Interstate Guide – Florida I-195, I-395, I-595.” Personal email, November 25, 2003.
  7. “Twenty-Fourth Biennial Report of the State Road Department (Florida) – Jan. 1, 1961 through Dec. 31, 1962” (online document).

Page updated August 30, 2019.