Rating:
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Tamiami Canal Bridge (1930)

Photos 

From NW South River Rd.

Photo taken by James F. Gentner in April 2009

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BH Photo #139498

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Swing bridge over Comfort Canal at Fern Isle Park in Miami
Location
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Status
Replaced by a new bridge and relocated to Fern Isle Park one mile to the southeast.
Future prospects
Relocated to Fern Isle Park for use as a footbridge.
History
Built 1930; Replaced 2016, relocated 2017-2018
Design
Warren Pony truss Bobtail Swing Span
Dimensions
Span length: 124.7 ft.
Total length: 124.7 ft.
Also called
NW South River Rd. Bridge
Fern Isle Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+25.78459, -80.23311   (decimal degrees)
25°47'05" N, 80°13'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/576889/2852052 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Miami
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
9,282
Inventory numbers
FDOT 874135 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12438 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2020: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated page to show bridge’s current purpose and location
  • April 7, 2016: Updated by Luke: Edited entry per forum comment by Nathan M.
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 18, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • May 1, 2009: New photos from James F. Gentner

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • James F. Gentner - jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Matt Lohry

Comments 

Tamiami Canal Bridge (Old)
Posted April 19, 2021, by Mark G

The "Unnamed Canal" is the Comfort Canal. This is the C-5 canal of the South Florida Water Management District.

Tamiami Canal Bridge (Old)
Posted June 17, 2020, by Matt Lohry

I just by luck stumbled upon what I believe is the bridge's new location. It joins Fern Isle Park with the Miami Police Benevolent Association's property; coordinates are:

Lat: 25.784599

Long: -80.233113

Only a mile from the original location.

Tamiami Canal Bridge
Posted September 26, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge being used as a footbridge will no longer be operating as a swinging drawbridge.

Tamiami Canal Bridge
Posted July 29, 2016, by Nathan M. (anlage99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here's a short video of the swing bridge removal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_7qW55GFEQ

Tamiami Canal Bridge
Posted April 7, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to see it given a second life Nathan... Thank you for being a part of that!

Tamiami Canal Bridge
Posted April 7, 2016, by Nathan M. (anlage99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The original Tamiami bridge was removed from service on the 1st of April 2016. I am the engineer that designed the removal of the bridge. We jacked the bridge up to a height of 8ft, slid it onto the road, jacked it an additional 3ft, placed it on a self propelled trailer, and then drove it across town to a local park. The bridge will be re-purposed as a foot bridge joining two city parks.

Tamiami Canal Bridge
Posted January 29, 2016, by Bob Rich (rich1256 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Functionally obsolete? It is used every day.