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NLAX - Jay-Jay Bridge

Photos 

Florida East Coast railroad bridge

Open position

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in March 2013

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BH Photo #269049

Map 

Video 

Space Shuttle Era: NASA Railroad Keeps Boosters on Track

Bridge appears after the 2:00 mark.

NASA

Description 

This bridge is identical with an abandoned rail bridge in Miami Fl.

2013 NBI Ratings, via forum commenter Frank:

Deck = 6 Satisfactory

Superstructure = 6 Satisfactory

Substructure = 6 Satisfactory

Channel = 6 Satisfactory

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Indian River on NASA Railroad
Location
Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County, Florida
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1963; Deteriorated span replaced 1987.
Builders
- Ivey's Construction, Inc. of Merritt Island, Florida (1987 Span Replacement)
- L.O. Hopkins & Sons of Nashville, Tennessee (Piers)
- Maurice H. Connell & Associates, Inc. of Miami, Florida (Approach span design)
- Nashville Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee (Span fabricator + Drawspan designer)
Railroads
- Florida East Coast Railway (FEC)
- NASA Railroad (NLAX)
Design
Simple Trunnion Rail bascule bridge type
Also called
Jay Jay Railroad Drawbridge
Jay Jay Railroad Bridge
Kennedy Space Center Railroad Bridge
Jay Jay Bridge
NLAX - Indian River Bridge
FEC - Kennedy Space Center Bridge
Kennedy Space Center Bridge
NLAX - Kennedy Space Center Bridge
FEC - Jay-Jay Bridge
FEC - Indian River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+28.65066, -80.80679   (decimal degrees)
28°39'02" N, 80°48'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/518881/3169297 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mims
Inventory number
BH 58515 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 14, 2015: New photos from Luke
  • October 24, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 22, 2014: New video from Luke
  • April 21, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Mapped
  • October 23, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

Comments 

FEC - Indian River Bridge
Posted August 22, 2014, by Frank (ironworks7 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

LOCATION OF THE OPERATION WILL BE THE JAY-JAY RAILROAD BRIDGE IN MIMS, FLORIDA. NASA RAILROAD BRIDGE AT MILE MARKER 876.6 AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. (33 CFR 117.261 describes the operation )

I am the the bridge maintenance engineer and certified bridge inspector for the past 26 years.

The bridge is fully operational. The bridges NBI ratings, as of 2013, are as follows:

Deck = 6 Satisfactory

Superstructure = 6 Satisfactory

Substructure = 6 Satisfactory

Channel = 6 Satisfactory