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Overseas Highway - Bahia Honda Bridge

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Photo taken by Mwanner

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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Map 

Street Views 

Description 

May open to pedestrians as part of the F.K.O.H.T. in the future as funds come in. Currently in state of decay.

Facts 

Overview
Railroad through truss bridge over Bahia Honda Channel on the former Florida East Coast Railway
Location
Monroe County, Florida
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built 1912, converted to highway use in 1938; Abandoned 1972.
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Fabricator)
- B.M. Duncan
- Henry Flagler
- Joseph Meredith
- Terry & Tench Construction Co. of New York City, New York (Erection)
- William Krome (Designer/FEC Chief Engineer)
Railroads
- Florida East Coast Railway (FEC)
- Rail-to-road
Design
Parker & Pratt through truss, later converted to a deck truss with highway constructed on top
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 247.0 ft.
Total length: 5,055.0 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 3, 1979
Also called
Flagler Railroad Bridge
FEC - Bahia Honda Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+24.65520, -81.29253   (decimal degrees)
24°39'19" N, 81°17'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/470398/2726800 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Big Pine Key
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79000684 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 38297 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • April 11, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 22, 2015: New photo from Irma Hale
  • February 20, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 20, 2013: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • November 19, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added camelback span & another photograp, abandonedment date, &h
  • November 18, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • February 22, 2011: Updated by James McCray: Updated NRHP info
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: street view
  • July 4, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: added category: rail to road
  • December 5, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey

Sources 

Comments 

Overseas Highway - Bahia Honda Bridge
Posted July 18, 2016, by MKM (mkmcclure63 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Currently only the north end is accessible and only for a short portion. The north end of the Seven Mile Bridge is in the midst of a re-hab.

FEC Bahia Honda Bridge
Posted February 7, 2013, by Doug Chapman (upsers59 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would love to see this bridge restored but It will have to be a pipe dream.I am afraid it will be torn out someday.

FEC Bahia Honda Bridge - labeled hertiage trail on google
Posted November 20, 2012, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

I like how Google has the bridge labeled as a heritage trail despite the fact it looks nearly impossible as a "trail" :p