8 votes

FEC - Port Mayaca Drawbridge


Photo taken by Matt Lohry


BH Photo #223420

Street View 


Quite possibly the most fascinating lift bridge in Florida, this is a very rare pony plate girder railroad lift bridge. The stabilizer bracing at the top and the sides of the lift tower are trusses in and of themselves! Even though this bridge is very close to Hwy. 76, thick vegetation and steep canal sides make photographing this bridge next to impossible.


Pony/through plate girder bridge over St. Lucie Canal on South Central Florida Express (formerly the South Central Florida Railroad)
Martin County, Florida
Open to traffic
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
- Florida East Coast Railway (FEC)
- South Central Florida Express (SCXF)
- South Central Florida Railroad (SCFE)
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.98736, -80.60430   (decimal degrees)
26°59'15" N, 80°36'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/539263/2985097 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Mayaca
Inventory number
BH 50967 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2014: New photos from Irma Hale
  • August 1, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 7, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Florida East Coast Railway"
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 27, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 7, 2012: Updated by Wes Worsham: Added category "Skewed"
  • March 2, 2012: Updated by C Hanchey: Added categories "South Central Florida Express", "South Central Florida Railroad ", "St. Lucie Canal "
  • January 15, 2012: Added by Matt Lohry


  • Matt Lohry
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com


Port Mayaca Drawbridge
Posted March 6, 2012, by Matt Lohry

They are indeed skewed to match the angle of the canal--I noticed it when I was photographing it but failed to mention it here...

Port Mayaca Drawbridge
Posted March 6, 2012, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree, the lift towers do appear to be on a skew in photo #5.

The Chandler Bridge here in Oregon is a vertical lift bridge similar to this one. It has a fairly large skew on the lift span in order to align with the shipping channel.


Port Mayaca Drawbridge
Posted March 5, 2012, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is it just me, or is this bridge skewed to align with the canal?