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FKOHT - Spanish Harbor Channel Bridge

Photo 

Bridgemapper.com photo

Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2009

BH Photo #405366

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Gaps in the bridge will be filled in to make the bridge fully functional as a trail bridge as funding comes in.

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Spanish Harbor Channel on an old alignment of the Overseas Railroad/Highway (US 1); presently future Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Location
Big Pine Key, Monroe County, Florida
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built ca. 1908-12 for use by the Overseas Railroad, converted to highway use (US 1) in 1938, made obselete by new bridge in 1982, converted into a pedestrian bridge in 2001
Builder
- Henry Flagler
Railroads
- Florida East Coast Railway (FEC)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Overseas Highway - Spanish Harbor Channel Bridge
FEC - Spanish Harbor Channel Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+24.64880, -81.32236   (decimal degrees)
24°38'56" N, 81°19'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/467378/2726099 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Big Pine Key
Inventory number
BH 48188 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson

Comments 

Spanish Harbor Channel Historic Bridge
Posted December 12, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Funding is an issue with the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. Many spans are still in a state of decay, with gaps or sections missing intentionally, a possible fear of liability. This bridge had a tree growing on it until it blew over taking with it a section of deck.