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Hathaway Bridge


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BH Photo #146219


Lost Through truss bridge over St. Andrews Bay on US 98 a truss span was moved and Submerged in the Gulf Used as an Artifical Reef at N 30 02.676 W 085 43.752
Bay County, Florida
Replaced by new bridge and at least 1 span section was moved and submerged into the Gulf as an Artifical Reef
Built in 1945 ; replaced by the 1960 St. Andrews Bay Bridge
Through truss
Also called
First St. Andrews Bay Bridge
West Bay Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.18813, -85.73966   (decimal degrees)
30°11'17" N, 85°44'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/621332/3340302 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Panama City
Inventory number
BH 43371 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 16, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added category "Converted to an artificial reef"
  • May 21, 2014: Updated by Chris Knight: Upating info as found at http://forums.sideimagingsoft.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=ascmifbmo96pivbnvnd3v47fj4&topic=6020.0
  • September 13, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

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Hathaway Bridge
Posted May 25, 2018, by Luke

According to https://www.floridagofishing.com/reefs/nw-reefs-bay-county.h... several (Perhaps all?) spans from this bridge were dumped in the ocean to become reefs.

Sad that they didn't get reused on the surface, but them being used propagate marine life (As well as becoming diving attractions.) is still better than being smelted down.

Hathaway Bridge
Posted May 21, 2014, by Chris Knight

It appears that one of the Truss Spans is in the Gulf Intact according to a Side Image Sonar Scan shown here: http://forums.sideimagingsoft.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=ascmif... possibly used as an Artificial Reef.