Friday, June 13, 2014

Spurs, Bypasses and Beltways: Florida

Interstate 95 in Florida has four auxiliary highways. The first is Interstate 195 which is just over four miles long and links I-95 with Miami Beach. Most of this road is know as the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Interstate 295 is the beltway around Jacksonville and is nearly 61 miles long. The east beltway of I-295 is the shorter side and is near beaches such as Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Traveling to the west of the St. John's River is the west beltway. It curves back to the east and crosses the Buckman Bridge. I-95 runs north to south through this beltway and I-10 is east to west before joining I-95. Taking the beltway during rush hour is a good idea. During slower traffic time, I-95 provides the faster route. The third route is Interstate 395 which runs parallel to I-195, but to its south. This one and a half mile road connects to the MacArthur Causeway, which links I-95 to Miami Beach. In Weston, Interstate 75 takes a turn south.  The highway that continues east in its place is Interstate 595, which begins at I-75 and continues 12.86 miles east to US 1 in Fort Lauderdale.

The three auxiliary highways of Interstate 75 are located in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Two of them are less than two miles each. Interstate 175 leaves I-275 in St. Petersburg to join SR 687. Also in that city is Interstate 375 which is north of I-175 and joins I-275 to US 92. The longest is Interstate 275 which leaves I-75 at Exit 274 and rejoins it at Exit 228. This highway of just over 63 miles travels to the west of I-75 and crosses both the Howard Franklin Bridge and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in its journey to St. Petersburg.

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