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Once a horse track, it's now the main highway to and through Venice Florida.




Once a horse track, then a dirt road, the historic route joining Tampa and Miami via the Everglades is now US Route 41.

In 1915, construction began on the Gulf Coast portion of the road. The completed road, named for the two major cities (Tampa and Miami) it connected, was officially opened to traffic in April 1928.

North and south of Venice, US 41 is a highway of four to eight lanes, unlimited access and plenty of traffic signals.

As the highway approaches Venice, it splits in two:

US 41 Business

This part of the highway crosses drawbridges at the northern and southern extents of Venice Island and passes through the center of Venice. It's the shortest route to West Venice Avenue, with its shops, restaurants, parks, Venice Theatre, Venice City Hall and office buildings, and Venice Beach.

The drawbridge at the southern end of US 41 Business is named Circus Bridge in honor of the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which for decades were just northwest of the bridge off Ringling Drive South. More...

US 41 By-pass

Skirting Venice Island to the east, "the by-pass" passes many service businesses: car rental, shopping centers, large stores selling furniture, motor homes, etc.

Interstate 75

For a fast, limited-access, non-commercial highway, drive east from Venice (and/or US 41) to Interstate 75, which connects most cities on Florida's Gulf Coast with south central Florida, Miami and the Atlantic coast.

No toll is charged.

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West Venice Avenue at the Tamiami Trail (US41 Business) on Venice Island.