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Boca Grande Causeway

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Boca Grande Swing Bridge

Boca Grande FL

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #286851

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Description 

This bridge and the rest of the causeway was built over a span of six years from 1952 to 1958. It replaced a ferry as the only means to and from Gasparilla Island. In 1983 the bridge was sold to a private entity that pledged to maintain and operate. A series of mishaps in the early 1990s convinced island residents that a board authority was needed. Since 1998 the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority has managed and maintained the bridge. Currently there is much debate on the future of this bridge and a $40 million plan to replace. When board elections were announced 16 candidates declared that they were running for office something of a rarity.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder swing bridge over Placida Harbor on Boca Grande Causeway
Location
Charlotte County, Florida
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1958
Design
Swing
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 213.0 ft.
Also called
Gasparilla Island Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.82679, -82.27026   (decimal degrees)
26°49'36" N, 82°16'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/373772/2967882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Placida
Inventory number
BH 48512 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Beam (11,923)
Built 1958 (301)
Built during 1950s (3,245)
Charlotte County, Florida (8)
Concrete stringer (597)
Deck girder (4,483)
Doomed (1,031)
Florida (564)
Girder (7,920)
Have street view (22,040)
Movable (2,704)
Open (36,527)
Owned privately (1,282)
Plate girder (6,095)
Span length 175-250 feet (1,805)
Swing (1,247)

Update Log 

  • April 30, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 5, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • June 30, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 27, 2011: Added by K. A. Erickson

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