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Point Chosen Swing Bridge

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View of upper chord and end post

V-Lacing is present on the top and bottom of the upper chords on this one!

Photo taken by Matt Lohry

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BH Photo #223274

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    Description 

    This bridge is one of the most fascinating swing bridges I've ever seen--it's a pony truss that appears to be of a design similar to a Howe truss, with V-lacing everywhere, including on the verticals and the upper and lower chords. The steel grid deck is mounted in such a way that it almost looks like a deck truss from a distance, and the approaches are concrete slab spans. The bridge is manually opened by inserting a steel rod into an attachment in the deck, right in the center of the bridge's main span. The structure is a one-lane bridge that carries traffic onto Torry Island, a major boat landing area for Lake Okeechobee.

    Facts 

    Overview
    Swing bridge over Okeechobee Rim Canal on CR 717
    Location
    Palm Beach County, Florida
    Status
    Open to traffic
    History
    Built 1935
    Design
    Swing
    Dimensions
    Total length: 448.2 ft.
    Also called
    Torry Island Bridge
    Okeechobee Rim Canal Bridge
    Approximate latitude, longitude
    +26.70528, -80.71278   (decimal degrees)
    26°42'19" N, 80°42'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
    Approximate UTM coordinates
    17/528570/2953824 (zone/easting/northing)
    Quadrangle map:
    Belle Glade
    Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
    1,260
    Inventory numbers
    FDOT 930072 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
    BH 12470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
    Inspection report (as of September 2016)
    Overall condition: Fair
    Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
    Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
    Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
    Sufficiency rating: 46.8 (out of 100)
    View more at BridgeReports.com

    Categories 

    Built 1935 (1,394)
    Built during 1930s (11,244)
    Florida (614)
    Have street view (25,414)
    Movable (2,845)
    Navigable waterway (2,091)
    One-lane traffic (7,535)
    Open (38,217)
    Owned by county (20,054)
    Palm Beach County, Florida (39)
    Swing (1,358)
    Total length 250-500 feet (4,886)

    Update Log 

    • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
    • January 12, 2012: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added description
    • October 12, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
    • June 18, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

    Sources 

    • Nathan Holth
    • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
    • Matt Lohry
    • Douglas Butler

    Comments 

    Okeechobee Rim Canal Bridge
    Posted June 23, 2017, by Matt Lohry

    This one is hand-operated as well.