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Florida State Road 856

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Title: Florida State Road 856  
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Subject: U.S. Route 1 in Florida, Collins Avenue, Florida State Road 852, Florida State Road 922, Rickenbacker Causeway
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Florida State Road 856

State Road 856 marker

State Road 856
William Lehman Causeway
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 1.704 mi[1] (2.742 km)
Existed: October 30, 1983 (causeway)
1993 (signed as state road) – present
Major junctions
West end: US 1 in Aventura
East end: SR A1A in Sunny Isles Beach
Counties: Miami-Dade
Highway system
SR 852 SR 858

State Road 856 (SR 856), also known as the William Lehman Causeway, is a 1.704-mile-long (2.742 km) causeway connecting Biscayne Boulevard (U.S. Route 1/SR 5) in Aventura and Collins Avenue (SR A1A) in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

SR 856 is a limited access highway between the two termini. Pedestrians are prohibited, but (as part of a pilot project that also includes the Pineda Causeway) the shoulder is marked as a bike lane east of the Country Club Drives interchange (cyclists must exit here and use other roads to continue west).[2][3]


  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Exit list 3
  • References 4

Route description

SR 856 begins at US 1 at the southwest corner of Aventura Mall in Aventura, and heads east, lining the southern border of the mall. At the southeast section of the mall, it passes over West Country Club Drive, featuring a Texas U-turn going westbound to eastbound on the frontage road, NE 192nd Street. Following access to and from the frontage roads, SR 856 passes by East Country Club Drive, featuring a Texas U-turn going eastbound to westbound. SR 856 then crosses the Intracoastal Waterway, passing close to high-rise condominiums and other housing. East of the waterway, the road enters Sunny Isles Beach and continues through the high rise and single family residential areas as it quickly hits its eastern terminus of SR A1A.[4]


The William Lehman Causeway was dedicated and opened to vehicular traffic on October 30, 1983. Named after William Lehman, a member of the United States House of Representatives who was instrumental in obtaining federal construction funds for the high-rise bridge, the Lehman Causeway is the most recent addition to Miami-Dade County’s set of causeways crossing Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.

SR 856 was signed in 1993.

Exit list

The entire route is in Miami-Dade County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Aventura 0.000 0.000 US 1 (Biscayne Boulevard / SR 5)
0.8 1.3 Country Club Drives - Aventura Mall
Sunny Isles Beach
William Lehman Causeway over Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Sunny Isles Beach 1.704 2.742 SR A1A (Collins Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ FDOT video log photos, taken July–September 2013
  3. ^ Miami's Community Newspapers, Lehman Causeway soon to welcome bike riders, November 27, 2012
  4. ^ Map of SR 856 (Map). MapQuest, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
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